They were the worst of times, they were the best of times.
A sleepy first period was the undoing of the Southport U12s on a mild October Sunday morning. There had been rain over night, ensuring that it was relatively muddy on the Croxteth playing fields. This was a situation that the entire Southport team capitalised upon, with not a clean limb or piece of laundry in sight come the end of the game. Unfortunately most of the team were concentrating on perfecting their muddy knees in the opening period, as Sefton quickly ran up a four score lead.
A resounding fightback was led by Sam Cockwill, playing in the centres after the break. Sam was great to watch and a nightmare to defend against, helping himself to two well earned tries with barn storming runs. Ollie Benford interjected with a typically pacey score, picking and running from the base of the scrum to give Southport fresh hope with only one in try in it.
Sefton rallied with two late tries to complete their victory, albeit soured by some indiscipline. All credit to Mason Plunkett who remained calm in the face of provocation and showed wonderful sportsmanship, surely more commendable than victory in U12 early season friendly.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.