By Henry Woodsford
Captain Matty Dawe was the star with a hat-trick of tries as UCLan 2nds comfortably beat Manchester Metropolitan’s 3rd team in a wet and windy Manchester.
They found themselves 12-0 down within the first 20 minutes after Man Met’s scored 2 well worked tries despite a period of UCLan pressure from forwards Matthew Farrer and Tom Hannon.
Close to half-time UCLan finally got the try they deserved. Captain Matty Dawe took a quick penalty which allowed Hannon to score in the corner, and UCLan went into half-time with the score at 12-5.
The second-half was a different story. UCLan started much stronger, with backs from Francis McCartney and Theo Hudson gaining important yards.
With Man Met’s defence holding on, they finally gave in when Dawe stepped well to touch down under the sticks. Fly-half Dan Birkbeck converted with ease to level the scores.
For the first time in the game, UCLan took the lead. Winger McCartney chased down the kick from Man Met’s fly-half and stole the ball on the floor to make it 12-17 to the visitors.
After this, UCLan dominated the tie. Hudson scored following a swift UCLan attack, and Dawe touched down soon after to extend UCLan’s lead.
The captain got his hat trick after UCLan stole the ball in contact and Dawe ran in for his third try.
Good offloading in the forwards saw winger Alex Overton score in the corner, and UCLan were then awarded a penalty try which was easily converted following a high tackle from Man Met.
Towards the dying embers of the game, Man Met got a final try in what was a rare second-half attack to end the scoring.
A 46-17 win for UCLan was thoroughly deserved as they continue their excellent start to season. Next up for the side is a home game against University of Chester’s Warrington 1st XV.
UCLan XV: Smiles; Overton, Spear, Morgan, McCartney; Birkbeck, Dawe; Farrer, Croft, Matthews, Thresh, Hannon, Roberts, Swift, Milne.
Replacements: Animashaun, Crimmons, Hudson.