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Under 9s - Match centre

Southport RFC
Widnes
Sun 25 Oct 11:00 - Friendly Kickoff 11:00

U9 match report v Widnes Sunday 25th October 2015

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...(and sisters) ...2 Henry's, 4 matches- no archers - but big guns out to do battle against the odds !

Dave McCaughrean reports on a beautiful autumnal Sunday morning at Waterloo Road on the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

Respect to Widnes who beat us narrowly in 2 of the matches - despite superior tackling from Southport and were very impressive in the other 2 matches.

Game 1

Should we be worried ? No - Southport defence was utterly fantastic - Arran, Henry Mc and Katie making tackle after tackle - led by Lewis who was outstanding !
Sniping runs by Nathan and Captain Luc were frustrated by some handling errors but Widnes could not beat the line - applause for both teams from the large crowd of parents and supporters that gathered in the weak sun - attrition - Widnes score - followed by Southport try - 10 minutes went by in a flash - respect to Widnes as they pipped a win by one try.

Training on the other pitch for Southport ensured that the players remained busy and focused on passing out of the tackle.

Game 2

Captain Andrew led the charge but the guns from Widnes were too strong - despite a valiant effort from all the team - some great runs by Nik and great spirit from everyone ! Heads didn't go down and will live to fight another day !

Game 3

Led by Captain Kit - a much tighter game - Henry B - new back to the game - was outstanding in attack and led the charge "For Southport !" Pounding the Widnes lines and backed up by close friend - also new to the game - Callum - fantastic run up the left side almost resulting in a try !

Mentioned in dispatches - Dominic - first time ever at the club - got stuck in at training and couldn't stop smiling - and Jack P - back from injury and desperate to play again ! Thanks for coming and see you soon !

Game 4

Some tired legs now after nearly 1 1/2 hours of training and playing - lost our shape in defence - from being a horizontal line to a vertical line ! Still managed to keep the Widnesian hoards at bay with tackle after tackle - but the dam broke and Widnes scored 2 quick tries.


Coaching team chuffed to bits with all the players. Tackling on the while was excellent and far superior to Widnes who tended to scrap and scrag - stronger on attack - if we had held our shape more often ...... Who knows ! But frankly - when we have 23 players from Southport and 8 from Widnes all happy, engaged and playing this great game so well - we are all winners.

Thanks to our cracking coaching team - Ellis, Karen, Karl, Stephen and Jen (get well soon ) for all the hard work they have put in.

Training 6-7 Wednesday night at the club

Fitness
Passing
Tackling
Field position

Will be the focus !

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