SOUTHPORT FIRSTS BRASSED OFF
The Southport First XV’s fixture in the SOUTH LANCS CHESHIRE LEAGUE saw them take a trip to Derbyshire to face Buxton on Saturday. The Southport pack brought in some changes and was very light and mobile.
Gareth Lang reports.
On kick off you would have been forgiven for thinking you were over the border and on the set of Last of the Summer Wine as a brass band played on the balcony and the picturesque views were a sight to behold. Sadly the game of rugby was not to match up to its surrounding with the rucks appearing to be a lottery as to which side would be given a penalty not helped by the wind howling across the pitch which affected all the lineouts with a straight throw being like a hens tooth. But the Buxton pack was strong and aggressive and with the home number 8 leading the charge Southport were struggling from the off, and with the referee’s style, eventually falling behind when a penalty was caught, driven and then spun wide for the Buxton backs to cross in the corner.
It was not long before Southport backs were to have their chance though , a dangerous run by Chris Drescher followed by a mesmeric run by Steve Hunter who stood up well and was shunted over the line for a return score . But the Southport pack continued to struggle to gain parity with any entry’s to the rucks adjudged to be offside, any competition for the ball foul play and the much heavier Buxton pack starting to pick and drive and cause problems . Bearing in mind the hilly environment the Southport pack seemed be struggling at altitude and it was no surprise from a 5 metre scrum that the impressive Buxton number 8 picked up and went over for a converted try to establish a 12-5 advantage to the home side at the break.
The second half was more of a farce than a game of rugby with Southport scoring first via another maul but this was undone when the Buxton’s number 6 made a superb run through the visitors defence to make the score 19 -10 with twenty minutes to go min to go . The final whistle may as well have been blown at this point Buxton anxious to secure their first win of the season ensured there was no more rugby to be played taking up excessive time to walk to any scrum or lineout. Thank goodness this wasn’t a televised game otherwise viewers would have been brassed-off and asking for my licence fee back!