ALTRINCHAM Kersal saw off the challenge of Liverpool Collegiate last weekend with a 34-19 win in Lancs/Cheshire Division One.

Following a poignant minute's silence observed by both teams and spectators in memory of Mike Meaney, a long-time member of Altrincham who passed away during the week, the game got under way.

Liverpool made a thundering start, but this was calmly dealt with by some very strong defence from Altrincham.

It was Kersal who scored first and followed up with four further tries to make the score 29-0.

Liverpool then countered with three tries of their own to make the score at the end of a tempestuous first half 29-19.

Altrincham Kersal scored first in the second half to make it 34-19 and Liverpool countered with a try later in the half to complete the scoring.

The win gave the home side a much-needed bonus-point win with six tries coming from James Coulson (hat-trick), John Coulson, Callum Yates and Jack Wise.

This weekend, Altrincham Kersal travel to Hoylake. 

Last Friday, Kersal's Senior Colts were presented with their league trophy and medals at an event hosted by Halbro North West Colts League to recognise all of this season's winners.

Throughout the course of the season the Kersal Senior Colts played 17 league matches, losing only twice.

It has been a hard-fought season with several very narrow wins but the team showed great resilience, coming from behind on several occasions.

It was a fitting end to the boys' involvement in junior rugby.

In line with Kersal tradition, a number of the Colts team are now regularly playing for the senior teams.

Colts' success is testament to everyone involved – players, coaches and the army of supporting parents who cheer the team on every week.