Merseyside Police v Southport 3rds match report 10/3/2012
Southport 3rds made their way to 999 Letsbeavenue for their latest encounter against Merseyside Police who were out to avenge their last minute defeat in this home fixture. 15 intrepid travellers and the Perrin clan were hoping to arrest their recent slide of poor results and notch that elusive away W in their season campaign. A picturesque backdrop of the River Mersey was pleasant on the eye but would Port’s hope of a win end up down the Swanney?
The game started in fine fettle and Southport were on the front foot putting the bobbies under pressure, they wouldn’t be taking any prisoners in this half. Any mistakes were kept to a minimum although the swirling wind resulted in some illegal highs for both kickers. Southport defended resolutely and were able to turn over the policemen’s ball on more than one occasion. Their pressure paid off when Chris Perrin was able to peel away and made a good run down the right hand wing to power through a few players and was able to pick Mark Brunskill out with a one handed over head pass for which Brunskill juggled nicely before charging over the line to score the first try of the game. Atherton scored the tough conversion with great aplomb to be the Police under the kosh, 7-0. The boys in blue suddenly stirred and from the kick-off ‘Port were penned into their own half, the sirens were ringing all of a sudden. Some emergency substitutions were made and the thin blue line appeared a lot thicker. The ball was being passed well by the home side and swift directional switches exposed Southport leading to overlaps which were taken full advantageous of on 2 occasions.
Half time 10-7
The 2nd half began with hopes of using the slope to ‘Port’s advantage, it was going to be downhill all half, literally and unfortunately metaphorically. The Police seemed to draw on their reserves and picked up the pace as the game wore on. Some astute kicking put Port under constant pressure but sloppy defending allowed some impressive solo runs from the home side’s 22. On 3 occasions they scored from that far out, some lessons to be learnt from that stat perhaps? I predict a riot? Not quite. The score-line was ultimately flattering as Port muscled their way back into this game. Some excellent running from John Roberts and Joe Spencer saw many yards gained and some coppers spent on a few occasions. Brunskill tried to take the game to the bobbies as well and was close to booking himself a cosy cell for the evening. Unfortunately Southport were not able to take advantage of their possession and ultimately there weren’t enough chances to secure a victory based on this evidence. It’s a fair cop, perhaps.
Southport have a chance of chalking their first away W next weekend at Christleton, let’s hope numbers are strong as it’s long overdue and well deserved based on this team’s effort and spirit.
Full time 34-7
Match report: Mark Brunskill