Sefton Spook Port
A Game of Two Halves
The instruction to the boys before kickoff, was to play with the same effort and commitment they have produced in training over the last couple of weeks. The starting selection was made to give those who normally come on as substitutes a starting role, to experience the match from the ‘off’ and to hopefully learn from that. And that they did!
They impressed with their work rate though, a tad naive positionally at times but that’ll come the more match experience they gain. The coaches were delighted that the effort was there from the outset and that it continued right to the whistle at half time.
Sefton are always a big, strong, physical team but we met them toe to toe in the middle of the pitch, and to be fair, most, if not all of their tries came down our wings not through the middle (simply as we were being sucked in to the centre of the pitch and leaving gaps out wide) a lesson learnt hopefully.
The second half, we rang the changes making 6 substitutions (two were forced due to injury – Ollie and Benedict) giving those who had worked hard in the first half a well-earned rest. Having ‘lost’ the first half, it was rewarding for all, for us to ‘win’ the 2nd, final score 8 – 6. Thanks to all for their effort, work-rate and discipline, especially those who played out of their ‘usual’ positions.