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Pearl of a pass proves so decisive; WIRRAL.

WIRRAL'S forwards overcame extreme conditions to break Wigton's unbroken two-year run of wins and claim a vital victory.

The pack played as a cohesive unit to overcome the heavier and more experienced Wigton forwards and win 10-5. With the wind blowing across the pitch, Wirral had a slight advantage in the first period and spent much of the time encamped in the Wigton half.

Despite the penalty count substantially in Wirral's favour, it was not until the 28th minute that a score was registered.

Rob Pearl passed to wing Sam Broadbent who ran an excellent line to break down the stubborn Wigton defence and touch down near the posts, the try duly converted by James Annetts.

And Wirral's scoring was completed with a penalty from Annetts to make the tally 10-0 at half time.

Wigton started in earnest in the second half and their hopes were revived when they mauled their way over Wirral's line, but the try was not converted.

Wirral had several opportunities but could not break through Wigton's defence to extend their lead.

Wigton, urged on by a vociferous home crowd, established some dominance in the late stages but the Wirral defence held out.

Wirral remain on top of North One West but only by one point as Birkenhead Park had a bonus point win at Broughton Park.

Wirral will look to further cement their position when mid-table Wilmslow visit The Memorial Ground today.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 15, 2014
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