Southport 30 Wallasey 0 by George Baumber
Southport returned to the comfortable surroundings of Waterloo Road hoping to put behind them the two heavy defeats suffered on their travels to the two top teams in the league. Led by Captain Gareth Lang who has been in fine form this season and Coach Bill Nichol back to support from the stands there was great expectations of getting the season back on track. Obviously fired up from the off the forwards executed a line out move on the Wallasey 22 and drove towards the line only to be held up short of the line. M Dale was alert though and picked the ball up to leap over the mess of players on the floor for his first try of the season. McMullen converted and with 2 minutes gone an anticipated landslide of points seemed likely.
The points didn’t come as easily as thought though even though Southport dominated both possession and territory but either committed defence or spilled passes thwarted Southports efforts to extend the lead barring a penalty 20 minutes into the game. However the team was obviously very confident in their own ability and they didn’t take the option of more easy points through kickable penalties. They did get their rewards when Callum Monaghan grabbed his first try of the season after more good work by the dominate pack. Another penalty followed and the score was 20-nil at half time.
The team were determined to press home their advantage whilst playing more expansive than they had in the first half. This showed with good passages of play but with conditions deteriorating they were unable to build up continued pressure again spilling passes or trying to over-elaborate a little.
However midway through the second half everything did click for the team. The forwards made in roads in the middle of the park and the backs were released to attack the now tiring Wallasey team. Moving from one side of the pitch to the other, Phil Weston was left with a difficult finish in the right hand corner of the pitch. This cheered the now cold and wet supporters huddled in the stand.
The best was saved until the end though, again the whole team built up pressure and this time the ball was switched to the left wing and Drescher had a long run in from the half way line. Arching his run, drawing the Wallasey fullback before showing him a clean set of heals on the outside a text book finish from the flying wing.
Neither try was converted and the score remained at 30 – 0 until the final whistle, a good result with so many positive individual performances from Booth, Lang, Brown and co and a game in which the team completely dominated and never looked like conceding a try. Now the challenge is to travel away to Oswestry and try to pick up another away day victory.