ANTHONY MURRAY’S second stint in charge of North Wales Crusaders got off to a flying start as they saw off West Wales Raiders to claim their first league victory of the season.
Following the mid-week departure of Mike Grady, Anthony Murray returned to the club on Wednesday and saw his Crusaders side claim the two points with a 54-6 Welsh derby win at Stebonheath Park.
Both sides entered the game looking for their first league victory of the season, in what was the first competitive meeting between the two sides with the Raiders under new ownership.
The hosts looked to start quickly, and having been pushed into touch as they attacked from the kick-off, they then saw a chance spurned as Connor Farrer knocked-on over the line.
As the Crusaders worked their way into the game, they managed to open the scoring. A kick to the corner from Steve Roper caused problems for the West Wales defence before Dale Bloomfield dove on a lose ball to score.
Minutes later the visitors extended their advantage as Jack Houghton crashed over the line, bringing the score to 10-0.
Lee Hudson was next over for the Crusaders as he darted over from close range after creating a gap in the Raiders’ defence.
The home side responded with 25 minutes on the clock as Farrer buried his way beneath the Crusaders defence to score.
With three minutes of the first-half remaining, the Crusaders added to their advantage as Aaron Moore made a quick dart underneath the posts sending the teams into the break at 22-6.
Just three minutes into the second-half, the Crusaders were over once again as Ryan Smith found Simon Atherton who ran through to score.
The visitors continued to show good form in attack as a well worked move finished with James Dandy sliding over the line to take the score to 32-6.
After breaking the West Wales line, Danny Price found Houghton on his inside who crashed over for his second of the afternoon with 52 minutes gone.
A period of pressure followed from the Raiders as they looked to put pressure on the Crusaders’ defence which stood strong.
Their reward for their efforts in defence came minutes later as Dale Bloomfield drove his way though the Raiders’ defence to score.
He was quickly followed over by Price who did well to gather a kick from Roper before scoring.
The final score of the game came via Alex Davidson who was sent over by Stanton Albert, taking the final score to 54-6.