FIRSTS SHORT CHANGED
On another day the score might have been a lot closer but Port pay price for misfortune of their own making and poor officiating. Mike Smith reports.
Southport ventured in to leafy Cheshire last Saturday to visit Bowdon, however despite a spirited effort, came home empty handed.
Bowdon took the lead after 10 minutes, after sustained pressure in Southport’s final quarter and too many penalties allowed them to kick to the corner. A clean lineout take allowed Bowdon to attack, and eventually the open side flanker found the gap to dive over. A penalty kick extended the lead on 25 minutes, and a second try followed shortly after when Southport made the fatal error of stopping when Bowdon appeared to have knocked on from a forward pass, allowing Bowdon to react and score in the right corner. Southport had their chances, and James Tomkinson went close with a kick and chase, only to be denied the grounding by the covering defence. But, with another Bowdon penalty kick landed before the interval, Southport found themselves 18-0 down at half time, however, know that if they cut out the errors and used the wind, now at their backs, to their advantage, a comeback was possible.
Unfortunately for Southport, they again started poorly, failing to clear their lines from the kick off, and allowing Bowdon to set up field advantage. A stolen Southport lineout, and suddenly Bowdon’s forwards were over the line. However, Southport showed bags of character and continued to take the game to Bowdon, with second rowers Colin Toohey and Jamie Church doing the hard work in the loose. Southport thought they had broken back, after Jordan Caldwell appeared to have grounded the ball over the line. However, sustained pressure eventually saw Bowdon’s number 8 sin binned for one offence too many in the red zone, and Southport chose to take a scrum and attacked in the centres, with Jack Parker taking the ball well, before finding his way through and under the posts.
Bowdon immediately responded and capitalised on a mistake at the restart, with a clever chip to the corner well collected by their right winger and finished in the corner. But Southport played out the remained of the game in the Bowdon half, and thought they had scored another try after Graham Riley rolled back the years to find the space and charge over the line. However, Southport were again denied the score and were penalised for the protestations, allowing Bowdon to clear their lines and close out the match. Final score: Bowdon 32 Southport 5.