By Matthew Coles – reporter
UCLan’s number eight, Corey Logan, was influential in the rugby union 1sts’ 22-0 victory over Bangor today.
The Northern Irishman scored the game’s first try in just the fourth minute, after breaking through the Bangor defence with a 50-yard lung-busting run.
It was just the start UCLan were looking for after losing away at Lancaster, in terrible conditions last week.
After conceding their first tries of the season in that match, this cup game presented a great opportunity to put it behind them.
The captain, Isaac Murphy soon made it 10-0 to UCLan, with his first try in UCLan colours since he started playing for the side two and a half years ago.
There was then a third try before the break, as Sam Kendall broke free from the rest and went in next to the posts.
After failed conversion attempts from Kendall and Lance Brooks, Logan took it upon himself to get the extra two points, and did, adding another string to his ever-growing rugby bow.
After leading 17-0 at the break, the second-half saw the play become bogged down in the midfield third, with neither side making advances on the opposition’s try line.
However, with the wind picking up, Chris Harrison got the final score of the game, making it 22-0 and sending the home side through to the second round of the Northern Conference Cup.
It was another great defensive performance from the UCLan side – it’s their third shutout this season.
They will look to carry on this form into next week’s league match against Edge Hill, who sit bottom of the Northern 2A division.