PDMS Southern Nomads 48 – 26 Holmes Chapel
A humid Holmes Chapel was the destination for the first match of PDMS Southern Nomads Cheshire Plate defence. PDMS Nomads started with great intensity and secured good field position through some hard running from the forwards and sniping from Dave Horan. A strong response from the Chapel backs required some steely Nomads defence throughout the half, Glenn Buckley in particular. A momentary lapse in concentration allowed a good Chapel score but this was quickly cancelled out by a Gerard Landels try under the sticks. Jack Callaghan converted to square things up at half time in a match the IOM side should’ve been leading. Nomads started the 2nd half with a more measured approach and quickly scored through Ste McHugh. The conversion was unsuccessful. Nomads attacking play was now strong and direct but mistakes were still occurring and one such mistake led to an attacking scrum which the home team scored from. With an unsuccessful kick, scores were square. A quick reply was needed and was given with a try from Ian Hargreaves after a succession of penalties and quick taps from Conor Stephens. Jack Callaghan successfully converted. This was quickly followed by a daft yellow card given to Dan Bridle which put Nomads under sustained pressure. A breakaway try from Gerard Landels with another Callaghan conversion alleviated some of this but it was taking a huge effort to keep Chapel out. A try from the home sides winger followed which included a conversion but it was no less than they deserved. They followed this with another score after some lenient refereeing around the breakdown. The conversion was successful to take us to extra time. Conor Stephens scored in the 1st minute of extra time, quickly followed by a 3rd from Landels after great work from Harry Brereton and Ally Kelly. 1 successful conversion put Nomads up by 12 and looking good. Last play of the 1st half of extra time contained a 4th Landels try and another Callaghan conversion. Nomads were looking superb and more pressure resulted in a straightforward 3 from Callaghan to end the tie. A superb team effort from everyone involved ended in a great win for the Plate holders.