Firsts Banging Heads Against Brick Walls !!
Eagles dare as Southport stare by Gareth Lang
Southport travelled to Oswestry with a good number of changes for this away fixture.
There problem of last seasons slow starts seems to have been turned on its head this season as they came out of the traps fast and hard. With some fantastic driving runs and rolling mauls the lineout were working well and it seemed like a matter of time before Southport scored but the home defence was strong and even halting a thirty meter rolling maul on the line. Unfortunately the 30 minutes of pressure only resulted in three points from a penalty by Jacob McMullen.
Oswestry then were granted some possession and strung some impressive phases together resulting in them crashing over for a try. Southport unfazed by this attacked again but only managed to gain another penalty by McMullen to reach half time 6-5 up.
The second half would be a much different tale and lessons will be learnt from watching the organised Oswestry defence as Southport were slow to get into position to concede tries at the back of a five meter scrum followed by a thirty metre break from the left winger leaving the away team scratching their heads. On came Steve Hunter who though he was in “alpine “ as he danced through the defence fifty metres only to be tackled and have his shoulder broken and dislocated. This was a blow in more ways than one when shortly after the home teams outside centre glided passed the position that would have been occupied by Hunter as he ran half the pitch to touch down under the post .
Some harsh lessons learnt but Southport proved they can control possession and territory against any team in the league.
Post Script. Martin Ord the Oswestry team physio who treated Steve Hunter on the touch line and arranged transport to Wrexham Hospital has since been in touch via the web site to find out how he is and to wish him well. He said something about manning up when it comes to the injectionsthough! Class, thanks Martin.