Storm win season opener
A large vocal home ground greeted the men in purple and yellow with some vocal encouragement which fired up the home team who got off to an impressive start building up a 10 nil lead in as many minutes with some impressive forward play. Some big runs and heavy hits by Mahmood Saad, James Squires, Tim Richardson and Elliott Hurst turned the game back in the Storm’s favour and young gun Ross Chapman scored a well worked backline try down the left hand side with a fine show and go leaving the defender clutching at air – Chapman raced away the final 30 metres to get the men in purple on the board. Carl Stickson missed the sideline conversion attempt. Three minutes later it was that man again Ross Chapman finishing a great try in the other corner of the field following some neat backline play between Milkha Basra and Tommy Parry. Strickson nailed with the touchline conversion levelling the score at 10-10.
Tommy Parry scored a 50m try with Strickson again converting to take the Storm in front for the first time of the day at 10-16. Sherwood took advantage of a dropped ball to score a converted try to again level up the scores at 16-16. The next 10 minutes sore a ding dong battle in the middle of the park with the game being anyone’s to win. Milkha Basra scored a fine converted try to take the lead again at half time. The score at halftime was 16-22 to the visitors.
In a repeat of the first half the bigger Sherwood pack came out and dominated play scoring the first two converted tries of the second half to retake the lead 28-26. Barnstorming prop playing only his second game for the club barged over the line under the posts for a six pointer to level the scores once again. After a couple of unforced errors Sherwood retook the lead with another converted try much to the pleasure of the raucous home crowd. The Hunt were starting to sniff victory but the Storm were far from done. Gregg Harris and Harry Wood were causing havoc on edges. Which led to try scoring machine Tommy Parry who had absorbed pressure all days scored his second try of the day to bring the Storm back to within two points. Strickson missed the difficult conversion which would have levelled the game with 5 minutes to play. In a pulsating finish which saw forwards Adam Ball, Harry Wood and Ty Watson make some big yards up the middle it was young gun Ollie Wakeling who scored in the corner with 60 seconds left to play to seal victory for the visitors. The final score was 34-36.
After the game Head Coach Ty Watson had this to say “what a team performance from the lads today, we were a little understaffed but they rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. Our forwards were immense today – every single one of them, absolute heroes”.
Leicester Storm: Lewis Chapman, Adam Ball, Ross Chapman,Tommy Parry, Ciaran McVea, Milkha Basra, Carl Strickson, Mahmood Saad Ollie Wakeling, James Squirers Harry Wood, Elliott Hurst ©Tim Richardson
Interchange: John Farmer, Ty Watson, Gregg Harris, Dave Storm.
Tries: Chapman 2,Parry 2 Basra , Richardson, Wakeling
Goals: Carl Strickson(4)
Man of the Match: Elliot Hurst
Leicester Storm’s next game will see the side make trip on the road to take on title contenders Nottingham Outlaws at 1.00pm Highfields Playing Fields, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2PS. A win would see the perfect start to the season continue.
The team to play Nottingham: 1. Mark Etherington. 2. Ross Chapman. 3. Jack Boothby. 4. Mark Etherington. 5. Tommy Parry 6. Lewis Chapman. 7. Carl Strickson. 8. Tim Richardson. 9. Ollie Wakeling. 10. James Squires. 11. Adam Ball. 12. Ben Fisher. 13. Mitchell Keightley 14. Karl Harris. 15. Jack Percival. 16. Adam Jones. 17. Austin Huntley 18. Ty Watson 19. Ed Webb