Due to half term holidays and illness, Sefton arrived short of a full team, thanks to the Southport lads who volunteered to step in and help out the opposition.
This was a hard fought game but we were not intimidated. Jack Barton scored a great try from a neat side step 5 minutes into the game taking us to 5-0 and giving us a lead we never lost. Southport showed their mettle with some good tackling and lovely recycling of the ball through multiple phases and excellent handling down the back line. We showed imagination in switching sides to vary our attacks.
20 minutes later Dan Huggins ploughed over the line with a powerful run, 12-0.
Sefton attempted to pull back with a nice break down the wing, which left us flat-footed. A conversion brought the score to 12-7.
An early try after the restart by Joe Finnegan with a typical pacy run consolidated our lead, which was extended 5 minutes later by a great effort when Alfi Monaghan finished off a super break by Ollie Roper.
Despite a big effort and an unconverted try Sefton could not regain the initiative.
The lads ended the game with a well-deserved victory at 24-12. Thanks to the boys who volunteered to play for the other side they played hard for them.
Southport’s ball carrying was generally excellent; there were some notable support runs and our rucking was much improved. This was good preparation for what will be a hard match next week against Fylde who we can expect to be a much more effective opposition.
Match reported by Dave Finnegan
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.