Bashall keeps his cool to kick Lancaster to victory

Lancaster Royal Grammar School v Kirkham Grammar.
Lancaster Royal Grammar School v Kirkham Grammar.

Kirkham Grammar came to Lancaster on the back of two very close victories in previous years, with the intention of making it a third year in a row.

For both teams, this is one of the biggest games of the season so the sense of occasion for both players and fans could be felt around the ground.

The first five minutes were dominated by Lancaster they received a penalty within range of the posts, to make it 3-0 from the boot of Harry Bashall.

Kirkham answered immediately with three points and then scored a try in the corner, which was converted to make it 10-3 at half time.

Lancaster were back in if early in the second half when Joe Bywater went over in the corner to make it 10-8, with an unsuccessful conversion.

A wave of mistakes and bad discipline from Lancaster enabled Kirkham to move up the pitch, resulting in a converted penalty from right in front of the posts to make it 8-13.

Lancaster bounced back and continued to apply the pressure, with Bywater striking again in the corner, but Bashall was unsuccessful with the kick from distance.

Bashall made up for it though soon after when he kicked a successful penalty to earn Lancaster a 16-13 win.