Southport Rugby Football Club

Southport Rugby Football Club

An Excellent Morning's Work!

by Andy Whitfield

Although our numbers had been hit with injuries and holiday commitments, we still managed to assemble a 16 man squad. Unfortunately Sedgley Park only managed 11 players. Having made the trip down from Manchester, we decided to play 11 a side with uncontes

Although our numbers had been hit with injuries and holiday commitments, we still managed to assemble a 16 man squad. Unfortunately Sedgley Park only managed 11 players. Having made the trip down from Manchester, we decided to play 11 a side with uncontested scrums.

The starting line up consisted of Holmes-Smith, Colville, Whitfield, Faulkner and Sutton as the forwards. With Rodd, Lea, Atkinson, Jones, Fairhurst and Latimer in the backs.

Sedgley won the toss and opted to kick off.

During the first five minutes Southport soaked up Sedgley's early pressure. We were rewarded with a runaway try.

By half time we were 24 – 7 up!

At half time on came Cassin, Cuffe, Lloyd and Missell to replace Holmes-Smith, Faulkner, Fairhurst and Latimer.

With 15 minutes left Faulkner rejoined the game as Sutton had to be replaced due to a blood injury.

The final try came from our 22 with Lea pinning back his ears and running three quarters of the pitch. A superb effort!

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As the final whistle went we had won 46 – 14!

Great to see so many parents had made the effort to come and support their lads. They were well rewarded with an excellent team effort.

I would also like to thank Gareth for offering his services as referee whilst Mr Walsh was soaking up the sunshine in the Middle East!

Finally and by no means least I would like to thank Kiernan, who although had an injury still made himself available if he was required.

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