Callander rues weak tackling

MILLER HOMES LEAGUE DIVISION FIVE NORTH

Chorley 2nds - 28

Blackpool - 48

Chorley came out second best as Blackpool showed why they are top of the league.

With skipper Mike Roberts injured, Phil Callander took over the captaincy.

Both sides started the game at a lively pace, but it was the visitors to open the scoring with a try after they exploited a huge gap in Chorley’s defence.

Chorley started to dominate line-outs and scrums with Bobby Caunce, Chris Cowlin, John Witts impressing.

Captain Callander won most of the line-outs, which created a platform for the back-line to attack.

However, poor defending let Blackpool in to extend their lead with another try.

The home side pulled one try back when a break by Sam Marsh set up Martin Riley, who sprinted in under the posts.

In the second half, Marsh got on the scoresheet with a try as Chorley continued to dominate the scrums and line-outs.

But despite all their good work, Chorley were frustrated as they continued to leak tries.

Nick Sargeant and Mike Roberts came off the bench to score a try apiece, but it was too little too late for the Chancery Road side.

Callander said: “We lost the game because of awful tackling at times which was very frustrating.”

Chorley 1st team had a free weekend, with no games on their fixture list.