Pride in defeat for Bentley

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BENTLEY Good Companions coach Andy Whitfield says the club’s first ever Challenge Cup adventure is an experience his players will never forget.

The Yorkshire League amateurs bowed out of the world famous knockout competition on Saturday when they beaten 40-4 at Oldham St Annes.

But Bentley’s brave display against their higher ranked oppponents will live long in the memory, according to Whitfield.

“All lads would like to thank all the supporters who made the journey over there and the sponsors for making it a good experience,” said Whitfield.

“The whole team played with pride and were beaten by a better team who took their chances - although the scoreline flattered Oldham in the end.

“It was never going to be easy and probably to stand a chance we needed them to have a bad day and for everything we tried to come off.

“Unfortunately that didn’t happen, and instead we found a couple of very clever half backs who punished us with ball in hand and who had a very clever kicking game.

“But an excellent day was had by all and it’s an experience none of the lads will forget.”

Companions found themselves 28-0 down at half time but refused to let Oldham run riot.

Young half back Craig Whincop scored Bentley’s only try on 68 minutes, while captain Chris Hemmings and the tireless Chris Wigglesworth were the stand-out performers for the visitors.