ALTRINCHAM Kersal’s Under-14s took their chance to shine with a hat-trick of wins on tour in the Lake District.

Host team Wigton had lined up fixtures versus Cockermouth and Keswick, providing a feast of rugby for players and parents.  Kersal’s first match against Cockermouth ended with a 21-5 victory and the squad visibly grew in confidence throughout the day, as they moved the ball freely to score regularly, sealing a convincing 33-10 win against Keswick in their second match.

Their final game against the hosts saw Wigton forced to borrow a couple of Kersal players to ensure a full 15-a-side game. Altrincham were rampant in their attack and they won the game by a resounding 55-0 scoreline.

The return of senior rugby after the cup break last weekend saw Kersal visit Bolton for the first time and win 8-3.

There were a number of changes due to injury but they were not let down by the players coming into the side.

Bolton took the lead after a sustained period of Kersal possession with a penalty but the visitors applied the pressure once more and were awarded a penalty of their own to make the score 3-3.

Further pressure and hard work from the forwards then led to a try for Kersal to seal victory in a low-scoring game.

The second XV lost 69-22 at home against Broughton Park, but the senior colts secured a hard-fought 26-8 win at Newcastle under Lyme to maintain their 100-per-cent start and stay top of the league.

Tries and conversions came from Sam Walsh, Jacob Ansbro and Max Brooks.