Date published: May 17, 2022
Photo: Aidy Gleeson Senior
Jimmy Connaughton impressed by Thatto Heath
Mayfield made the trip to St Helens on Saturday May 14 full of confidence and probably his strongest side of the season.
After a successful change in training regimen, trainers Sam Butterworth and Steve Wood must have thought this was going to be their day.
The first half of this match belonged entirely to the Rochdale side as they played brilliant rugby league. Dec Sheridan, Ben Ratu and Fin Stewart looked threatening every time they touched the ball, while Si Moore and returning Jimmy Connaughton worked tirelessly driving ball after ball and matching each other in the tackle. As they dug holes in the defense chances began to appear but it took 25 minutes before Nick Hargreaves broke through to open the scoring, Cole Connolly converting, 0 – 6.
Within 10 minutes, Reece Hamlett had added another which Connolly also converted, 0 – 12.
Everything was going as planned, so far so good. 12 points up at halftime and Mayfield was in control. The second half showed Mayfield’s weaknesses and mistakes started to seep in with a loose ball and penalties. That to close the gap with a well taken converted score but Mayfied fired back, Darcy Maroske and Dan Dean pushed forward and Harry McDonald snuck in from half-back for a try, converted by Connolly, 6 – 18.
That was it for Mayfield. Their contribution to the game has diminished and Thatto’s has increased at the same rate. They ran in four more tries all but one of which were converted, final score 28 – 18.
The way the team fell apart in the second half suggests a lack of fitness, but the level of rugby played in the first half shows that this team certainly has it in them to compete at the highest level and as the training is improving now, she most certainly will. .