Ince Rose Bridge 6 Crosfields 25

IAN Boden described his Crosfields side’s defence as “phenomenal” as they stunned National Conference League Division Two leaders Ince Rose Bridge on Saturday.

Soap became the first team to beat Ince on their home ground this season as skipper Jack Reid once again led from the front.

He scored a try, four goals and a drop goal to steer the Hood Lane side to victory, with Nathan Taylor also crossing twice.

Reid formed part of what Boden called a “holy trinity” alongside Hayden James and Joe Clarke and the head coach hailed their game management.

The Soap boss actually expressed his disappointment that Ince scored a late consolation try to deny his side the clean sheet he thought they deserved.

"We started the game at an electric pace and they didn't know what hit them,” he said.

“We then backed that up with some phenomenal defence.

“Despite their aggressive tactics, we stuck to our game plan and the holy trinity (Reid, James and Clarke) managed the game to perfection.

“It might sound daft, but I was genuinely disappointed for the lads when Ince scored late on – we deserved to nil them.

“We have just beaten the league leaders at their ground and our open- age squad are capable of this at a higher level. Let’s hope this continues.”

Crosfields: John Whittaker; Dan Reid, Scott Turton, Daniel Brien, Nathan Taylor; Jack Reid, Brad Stanway; David Boden, Hayden James, Tom Brown, Jordan Williams, Mitchell McJay, Joe Clarke. Subs: Jordan Chilton, Tom Millington, Matthew Barber, Ian Boden