Swarbrick grabs a hat-trick

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North West Counties League Division Four

West Bank Swans 26 Bamber Bridge 30

BAMBER Bridge survived a late fightback by the hosts to return to South Ribble with two points.

Lee Sumner’s side were up against it from the off as they could only get a squad of 15 players together due to injuries and work commitments.

They were a try down in the opening minutes but rallied with a score by Andy Swarbrick to put him level with current top scorer Lee Cadwallader who is out for the rest of the season.

With a quarter of an hour on the clock prop Martin Topping put Bamber Bridge ahead by diving over the line.

It was all-square minutes later when the West Bank half-back pulled one try back.

Swarbrick doubled the tally for the afternoon despite the attentions of four defenders on the line to restore a six-point lead.

Brig suffered a blow with 15 minutes of the first half remaining, powerful centre Danny Bateson was taken off with a knee injury.

The Swans made it all-square after Brig players missed a few tackles.

In the second half, the hosts got their noses in front as Bamber Bridge failed to deal with a high ball and they grabbed a try.

Swarbrick added to his tally and Patrick Hothersall got his name on the scoresheet to hand Bamber Bridge an eight point cushion at 30-22.

There were some nervy moments when the Swans scored a try to make it 30-26 but Bamber Bridge withstood a late onslaught to win.