U12s Come on down.
Ethan Price bags a hat trick as the U12s light up Waterloo Road
Welcoming back some familiar faces both on the park and on the side lines, the U12s were revved up for the first encounter of the season with our nearest and dearest neighbours from Waterloo. The game was divided into four quarters to allow squad rotation as well as the management to get some practical coaching advice across to the players.
The opening quarter saw some early Waterloo possession but solid work from Sonny Rix meant that the ball came loose and the subsequent penalty meant that Southport were able to relieve the pressure. The ensuing field position allowed Sam Cockwill to make a big collision in the centres and crash over for the first try. The second score was created by a fabulous arcing run from George Harvey who then span the ball out wide to Ethan Owen who ran in to the corner with balance and pace for the try of the day. Danger lurks whenever Sam Cockwill gets the ball and so it proved as he went through the centres again for his second. Ollie Benford was tempted into the gap at the near side of a ruck and whizzed through to make it 4-0 to Southport at the first interval.
There was a changing of the guard for the second period but no change in the intensity of the play. Both sides were taking to each other and there was a great match going on as the forwards looked to knock some sense into each other. Ethan Price decided at this point to take the game by the scruff of the neck, storming in for not one but two scores in succession. This was followed up by another predatory score from Ollie Benford and then a powerful run resulting in a fabulous try for Jack Hendry to take us to the break at 8-1.
Ethan Price completed his hat trick immediately at the start of the third quarter, taking the ball from the dummy half to run straight through the middle of the Waterloo defence to round off a unanimous man of the match performance. Though Waterloo rallied, the score was 9-3 at the final break.
Mason Roache, showing strong captaincy operating from full back, gave clear instruction to the boys that the hand brake was remaining well and truly off for the last period. You cannot give Lewis Fusco possession in your own half and so it proved with Lewis showing great composure to take the defence on the outside and get the ball down on the line for a lovely score. Though Waterloo earned a consolation score, the final Southport try was all about composure; a slow build up through a number of phases built the pressure and then, bang, Ollie Benford broke free to trouble the scorers one more time. Final score 11-4.
This was another strong performance by the Southport U12s against good opposition. There was plenty of player rotation meaning that the lime light was shared out and everybody got some game time. As such, again, the boys played and won as a wider team and they take a collective confidence into next week’s fixture away at Fleetwood.