After a short delay of the game, due to Chester not having the correct field equipment or chain crew the Tornados stepped out to meet the refs and opposition captains. Tornados captains were Flynn Griffith, James Macken, Phil Robins and Xavier Sutcliffe.
The Tornados won the toss and deferred receiving the ball till the second half, this meant that Chester would receive the ball from the Tornado kick off. Due to the delay of game the Romans were imposed with a 10 yard penalty which enabled Gino Mann to kick the ball into the endzone forcing Chester to start from their 20 yard line. The Tornados defense held firm and were able to get the ball back for the offense to try to score. Matt Bates caught a 15 yard throw from first half QB Phil Robins, who also made good yards in running the ball, but unfortunately although Burnley were able to move the ball down field an interception was thrown which was run back for a touchdown. Chester were then successful in their conversion and were up 0-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The second half was again very much controlled by the defense with Anthony Tither again sacking the Romans QB. The defensive line consisting of Anthony, Ben Dyer, Josh Bonnick and Andy Livesey fought hard to stop the Romans making any progress, but the Tornado offense could not capitalise on this. George Flesher worked tirelessly and almost had an interception to enable the Tornados to start an offensive drive once more. Flynn Griffith got on the scoreboard for the Tornados with a punt return run taking the Tornados to within 2 points. However the second quarter was stopped with just over 4 minutes left to play due to an injury to a Romans player which required an ambulance. The Referees called for half time in order for both teams to regroup and for the injured player to be treated. The Tornados were down at this point 6-8.
After nearly an hours break the team applauded the injured player as he left for hospital, regrouped themselves and were back on the field to finish off the remaining second quarter minutes. The game again moved back and forth with neither team able to score. The defense certainly had their work cut out in this last part of the second quarter, when Chester moved the ball down to their 11 yard line. The defense were unable to hold them and they advanced to the 1 yard, but this is where all the defensive players stepped up and after 7 attempts the Romans could not score. Xavier Sutcliffe was instrumental on the defense, alongside James Macken with both putting in tremendous tackles. This would be the turning point of the game.
The third quarter saw the Tornados drive down field and the second half QB, Will Robertshaw, was able to hand off the ball to Flynn Griffith who ran his socks off, ripping his pants in the process, to get good field advantage for the Tornados. The running plays by Flynn enabled Will to perform a QB sneak and run in for a touchdown. Tornados were at last in the lead 12-8. Gino Mann stepped up once more and punted the ball into the endzone giving the Romans lots to do. The third quarter ended and the coaches asked the Tornados to step up a gear, keep their composure and play safely – this they surely did.
The fourth quarter saw the only points being scored by the Tornados, as once again Flynn Griffith ran back a punt and scored his second touchdown of the game. Matt bates then caught the conversion in the endzone taking the score to 20-8. The Romans were beginning to lose their patience and the game became a bit fraught on their side. The Tornados held firm as a team and Ben Dyer was able to recover a fumbled ball on the 10yard line. Xavier Sutcliffe then caught an interception but as the clock ticked down no-one was able to score. The final score on the day was 20-8 to the Tornados.
The MVPs on the day, decided by the coaches and staff, were Flynn Griffith for his drive and determination as a running back, Xavier Sutcliffe for his determination and tackling ability on defense, and to George Flesher who fought tirelessly on defense and special teams. This win also means that the Tornados juniors have played 5 and won 4 of their games, the only loss was by four points to their closest rivals Lancashire Wolverine Colts. If they can secure a win next week, away at Chorley Buccaneers, then the Tornados have a very good chance of making it to the play off semi finals.