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North Wales Crusaders A returned to league action last Saturday, picking up an impressive 54-14 victory over Ince Rose Bridge Lions at Deeside Leisure Centre.  

Following a disappointing cup exit the weekend before, the players really stepped up and the final result against this established side certainly didn’t disappoint.  

The first 20 minutes were closely-fought until vice captain Paul Welch scored the opening try of the game, only to be pegged back shortly afterwards with two quick opposition scores.    

By half-time, however, Crusaders had recovered to lead 20-10. 

After the interval, the home side began to dominate the game with strong running, good communication and support play, putting the previous week’s training into effect.  

It was largely one-way traffic and supporters witnessed some champagne rugby league from the home side with the ball spread from one side of the pitch to the other.  

In all, ten tries were scored and some were outstanding efforts.

A team head coach Mike Newton said: “The result showed glimpses of what this ever-evolving side can produce.

“There were a lot of positives throughout the game, but there are still certain areas we will be working on in training.”

This was the last game of the season for Andrew Higgins, who moves to Baltimore in America to coach for Challenger Sports.  

Crusaders A face league leaders Cadishead Rhinos away next on Saturday, April 27.  

Tries: Alfie Matthias (2), Steven Griffiths (2), Paul Welch, Finlay Swift, Damian Goss, Reece Owens, Elliot Long, Jacob Hitchcox
Goals: Ryan Turner (6), Andrew Higgins (2)