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With an amazing unprecedented unavailability, which necessitated the 2s making 11 changes from last week, they attempted to continue their unbeaten start to their league season against a big, physical Carrick 2s side. It was a very youthful Grosvenor side who spent the vast majority of the first 40 minutes, encamped in the Carrick 22 metre zone, but for a mixture of reasons, including a staunch defensive effort from the visitors, Grosvenor were unable to accumulate the points that such territorial advantage deserved. Timmy McMullan opened the home side's account with two penalties, splitting a penalty from the Carrick out half, to give Grosvenor a 6-3 lead.  There were strong carries from John Lutton, Conor McCormick and Ben Davison but Carrick held out defensively until a clean break from Timmy McMullan, well supported by Dan Whitcroft, led to a deserved try from Henry Ferris. Timmy converted and ran in another try for Grosvenor to extend the lead to 18-3 at half time.
Grosvenor were deserving of such a margin as they encamped in Carrick's 22 but were profligate with their attack.
The heavy Carrick pack looked to be tiring but a wayward defensive clearance was gladly taken by the Carrick centre who brushed off feeble defence to waltz in under the posts, for a try which was converted  to bring the score to an unlikely 18-10. Grosvenor's game management was under pressure but a break by Mark Cartmill and an astute clearance kick was followed up by John Lutton, who scored a decisive try for his side. The conversion was missed but Grosvenor lead 23-10 and on receiving a kickable penalty, the wise decision was made to kick for goal, to leave the visitors needing 3 scores to win. Timmy McMullan duly slotted the kick, 26-10 Grosvenor.
Carrick 2s had played their part and their defensive shift was to be applauded but the gaps opened up and eventually left wing Ethan Fitzsimmons  raced over in the left corner, for a   try converted by Timmy McMullan, to leave the final score 33-10 to Grosvenor. This was a satisfying result for Grosvenor, especially with such unavailability and many guys put their hands up for permanent selection at this level .
Selecting a MOM is difficult as Timmy scored 18 points, Dave Atkinson always looked dangerous in attack, Conor and Millsy drove into Carrick at every opportunity, but my MOM goes to lock John Lutton, who was imperious in the line out, carried with relish and scored a decisive try, chasing from a long distance back. 
Grosvenor 2s play exciting  and very watchable rugby. They don't score the points totals that they should but play the full 80 minutes. Big games await them and the coaches now know that when injured  players become available, selection will not be a routine matter.
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 September 2019 12:10

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