FIRSTS COME BACK TO MAKE TWO POINTS
All things considered, as defeats go this wasn’t as bad as it might have been!.
It was an incredible game for a depleted Southport Firsts as they staged a resurrection worthy of Lazurus coming mightily close to retrieving a seemingly impossible 33 point deficit in the last quarter.
For much of the match visitors Bowdon enjoyed a commanding lead over the home side missing several key players. The visitors cruised into a 28-7 half time lead Southports efforts amounting to a Tom Smith try and a Charlie Attis conversion. Well into the second half Bowdon piled this up to 40-7 with the home side looking dead and buried and facing a humiliating score line.
But yet again this squad showed its spirit in bucket loads to find its mo-jo and blitz Bowdon with quick fire tries from Tom Hill, Dylan Norbury, Calum Monaghan and Colin Fearns all converted by the unflappable Attis.
Unfortunately with Southport at last firing on all cylinders time ran out and the last conversion was the final action of the game leaving the home side tantilisingly dangling by one score at 33-40. With Bowdon on the ropes another few minutes may have heralded a remarkable draw or win, suffice to say on the match pattern of this and other games lost mid-season when the clocks go back the lads will be unbeatable. They seemingly only want to start playing at 3pm!
As it was the crowd was stirred by the fight back and the valuable 2 bonus points it secured.
Angus Matheson was on hand to record the action and his print quality images are viewable on the Southport RFC web site.
This weekend the Firsts have another tough one at Manchester. The Cheadle Hulme club is gunning for promotion and will be looking to avenge the 37-29 loss at Waterloo Road in October in what was another trademark Southport-style entertainment but nervy classic. Who knows what to expect on Saturday?
And as if this isn’t enough Jonahs Joker Jackpot is still up for grabs with the draw at 6pm and over £1500 in the pot.
With January almost done and dusted and the post Christmas inertia departed the business-end of the season is now upon us with the team having something to play for in every game to secure a competitive upper-table position.