Southport U14s Unlucky Losers at Sefton
By Stephen Hart
Southport full squad gave a good performance but ultimately came second best at Sefton
Southport U14s travelled with a squad of 25 players but regular fly half Ed Sinclair was unable to take the field due to illness on the day although he was ably deputised by Christopher Morris and then Charlie Mallon.
Southport started well from the kick off an had the better possession and territory in the opening exchanges. However, an error near the Sefton line presented a counter attack opportunity which the hosts took full advantage of with their rapid centre scoring in the corner. It was Sefton who were able to touch down twice more before Southport registered their first points. Luke Hart score a brace of tries in the second quarter, the second of which was converted with a good kick from Jake Lawton to make the score 15 - 12 to the home team at half time.
Sefton opened the scoring in the second half with a converted try before Euan Thomas crossed the line for the visitors after a powerful pick and go from the base of a good Southport ruck and the game was in the balance at 22 - 17. However this was the high water mark for the visitors as Sefton were able to exploit a disorganised defence as Southport continued to make personnel changes to close out the match.
Sefton were worthy winners and the difference in the match was their ability to turn the ball over in the contact presenting some opportunities to send their runners through the middle and starving the sharp looking Southport backs from enough attacking ball to score further tries.