Ormskirk - V - Southport
A Good Day to Remember Our Friends and Neighbours
Cold, wet and windy was order of the day on Sunday as we met our neighbours on the playing fields of West Lancashire. A quiet moment of remembrance and reflection after the events of Friday evening, which was impeccably observed by all, a good analogy that whilst we might be opponents on the field, we can be respectful of our friends and neighbours off it.
We started well, James Britton had a great game for his first time at scrum half, plenty to work with him on, but he was a demon at chasing down his opposite man and putting him under pressure with that fearsome tackle… once again 'big' Jo looked dangerous with the ball in hand, again we need to develop that talent with some ‘positional’ work and then we just need someone who can keep up with him in support!! Callum Smith also had another good game, plenty of talking and some big tactical kicks to get us out of trouble.
Despite having the downhill advantage again in the second half, we let ourselves down as our tackling reverted back to 'type' - shirt grabbing, rather than what felt like making the effort to get into the right position, front foot forwards and hitting the opposition with our shoulders and forming the ‘ring of steel’ with our arms around their legs.
Congratulations to Joe Smyth Ferguson and James Britton for their 'Star of the Week' performances, It was disappointing to loose, but we should remember that Ormskirk have come on leaps and bounds since we last played them, and despite their ability to push the off-side rules, they gave our development team a great contest.
Back at Waterloo Road, the rest of the squad met for training, along with partial squads from U10, u11 and U13’s.
Mixing and matching the squads, a good session followed, thanks to coaches for their words of wisdom, it will serve our boys well to have a different perspective on training. A game of touch followed which all thoroughly enjoyed, though it was difficult getting them to adhere to the “touch” element of the game and not go for the full on tackle!!
Deserved honours of Man of The Match went to James Britton and Joe Smyth Ferguson