SOUTHPORT BREACH THE WALLASEY WALL TO SECURE BONUS POINT
Southport 24 Wallasey 12 by Gareth Lang
Southport took on Wallasey from ‘over the water’ on Saturday at Waterloo Rd. The Wirral side had been recently promoted and looking to gain a foothold in the South Lancs Cheshire 2 league once more.
The game kicked off in a very positive fashion for Southport with some superb forward drives being completed and a cross field kick to the corner that the young and spritely Hugh Ellis was the quickest to react to. The extras were added by Jacob McMullen who’s has begun to make the fullback position his own.
The game continued at a relentless pace with both sides aggressively competing for everything the ball when the ball spilled out of the back of a Southport ruck unseen by the attending scrum half and Wallasey nipped round the ruck and sprinted 40 metres to avoid a brave cover tackle and touch down in the corner 7-5 to Southport.
In every game Steve Hunter produces a moment of magic and this game would be no different when he glided passed a couple of would-be tacklers to touch base under the posts, McMullen adding the extras.
Southport were on top and managed to score again with Chris Dresher catching the ball from a kick and running into midfield before shipping the ball witch travelled through two more sets of hands before reaching Chris Tees on the wing who finished in style standing up the last defender.
The conversion was missed but at 19-5 Southport were well on top at half-time.
Wallasey came out the stronger in the second half with repeated drives round the rucks and good ball retention although the gain line was rarely crossed. There were plenty of penaltys awarded to both sides but Southport were to score again next when the marvellous magician Joe Mawdsley would step of his glass left ankle cut inside and cross the line .
At this point Southport seemed to lose a little concentration and began to lose turnover ball easily as the competitive away team piled the pressure on. But Southport still had a few attempts to break out but were thwarted when ‘grubber pass ‘ Ellis had other ideas as his passes did not go to hand. The away side did score a converted consolation try from the back of the scrum but Southport held on to achieve a 4 point bonus point win and can be satisfied with a job done.
Plenty of candidates for man of the match with Dave Gairn and George Baumber to the fore, but the sponsor Alan Havard went for Dan Whalen who like McMullen behind him is growing into his position and developing a real edge to his game.
MATCH PHOTOS BY AARON J GROGAN