"Devils" impress the mums at Tyldsley By John Thompson
A happy Mothering Sunday in the hazy sunshine
Tyldesley 21 Southport 25
Many thanks to Tyldesley for their hospitality this morning, with two enjoyable games of rugby and fresh baked pies for lunch.
Theme for the day was the amount of Mums on the sideline, enjoying some entertaining rugby and late March sunshine.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Tyldesley 12 Southport 14
This was a game of all out offense, with both teams a bit sleepy in stopping each other, obviously the hour less in bed left some of the kids not in tune with there Sunday morning standard start time. Lewis Grove got us underway this morning with some lovely footwork, upping his game to thrill his Mum & running in two tries in the first half and one in the second. Jack Hendry ran powerfully to set up lots of attacks and score in the first half. Thomas and James Pilkington entertained their Mum with lots of positive running, with energy and power that made the crowd count how many of the twins were on the pitch, warming up nicely for the upcoming tour in Yorkshire. Ben Selby scored with a run from first receiver early in the second half showing how his development has come in time for the business end of the season. However it was Sonny Rix that was the headline act. Sonny terrorised the Tyldesley defense to the delight of the whole Rix family. The Phantom Menace scored nine tries in total; four in the first half and five in the second, magnificent performance from the blond assassin!!!
The award for the best folding sofa and top tip for Scarborough (take a folding chair) goes to the Grove family. The award for man of the match went to Lewis for a great display this morning.
Episode II: The Attack of the Clones
Tyldesley 9 Southport 11
If the first game was a bit sleepy, the "Devils" really turned on the power for the second game. Boyed by some training from first team coach and part time report writer Mike "Word" Smith, The Southport boys really gelled in this game, marching like a clone army towards the Tyldesley line. First team coach Mike Smith then moved to the sideline, running a disciplined team. Count Dukoo, if you will, was reffing. And so to the game. The score was quite tight thanks to spirited defense in the Tyldesley midfield. But the result was never really in doubt, with Charlie Hignett, Lewis Fusco and Dillon Smith running the game from the centre the defence was awesome making a black, red and gold line that would take some skill to break. The offence was also of the highest standard with Charlie Hignett getting through gaps that didn't seem to be there to either finish or set up moves, time and time again, old snake hips himself Lewis Fusco breaking the line and Tyldsley hearts to set up the speed merchants of Peter Thompson and Dillon Smith, however in terms of speed there are not many who can keep up with Joe Paxton who once again added the icing to a debut season. Finally fresh from his impression of being 4 people in the first game, James Pilkington plundered through the game line to make it look like his twin Thomas was still playing - however there were only 6 "devils" on the field. Three tourists scored hat-tricks to notch up the confidence levels ahead of tournament rugby in Scarborough. All three were completed either side of half time. Well played Dillon Smith, Charlie Hignett and Joseph Paxton. Lewis Fusco nailed a great try in the first half and Peter Thompson one in the second half, to get the man of the match award.
Southport were tight in defence in this game and showed super support play to run in their eleven tries. Coach Dave tells us every week just how important these two aspects of the game are and (amazingly) the boys seem to be starting to listen. Nobody demonstrated the qualities of defence and support play better than James Pilkington today who was a well deserved star of the week.
Now what better way for us to celebrate Mothering Sunday in the Thompson household than to bring home a smelly bag full of muddy rugby shirts that need washing......
Many thanks to Tyldsley for their hospitality, Neil we look forward to welcoming you back to Waterloo Road.