The Lost Try!
Our Lancashire U13 Festival journey continued, with Preston Grasshoppers visiting Waterloo Road. The early minutes were hotly contested by both teams as a forward battle for supremacy ensued, all our forwards showed great commitment around the breakdown, and gained the upper hand over a large PGH pack.
Eventually the ball began to flow down our back line and Preston began to see their back line stretched and our first breakthrough through came with a try scored fittingly by a forward Alfi Monaghan. With nerves settled by our first points on the board, our backs took advantage of our forwards control and showed how talented they are becoming, playing with a more balanced look, with Harrison Carney’s great work at 10. 6 more first half tries came from excellent work by Michael Ascott, Josef Mosson, Mathew Hogan, Joe Finnegan and a brace for Benedict Summers Boyce. Tthe backs benefiting from that forward dominance and excellent service from Keenan Parr.
Well done also to the forwards Afli Monaghan, Callum Smith, Josef Mosson, Ollie Ball, Ethan Henshaw and Charlie Gilbanks.
A raft of changes ensued in the second half, with Liam Quinn, Mackenzie Price, stuart ball, Jake Lowther, Arran Peacock, Leon Elliot and Fraser Cooke entering the fray. It is a credit to those boys who stepped onto the pitch that the tries continued to mount up for Southport, each one deserves mountains of praise, well done proud of you. They performed at a high level that will pressure their peers.
There is however one last point to discuss, an incident I will refer to as “QUINNGATE”.
As we all saw Liam smash through the middle of the PGH team and romp towards their try line, then romp over it, a bit more romping and then a little bit more romping, until no try.
However the story doesn’t end there. As I left the pitch, I noticed that the in goal 5 metre deep area, was not quite right, I measured it and found it was in fact 4.97m, a full 3 centimetres short. Armed with this information, I searched and found Liam’s stud marks from where he had stood on realising his error, I discovered that Liam had stood 2.75cm at most beyond the incorrect dead ball line. Armed with the information that had the in goal area been of the correct size, then Liam would have had the opportunity to score a try, on realising his error. A quick referral was made to Twickenham and ERRA (England Rugby Referees Association). In response to the urgency I stressed in my referral, of Sunday 13th November, they have responded today.
Quoting the case of legendary (in the immediate vicinity of Great Ouseburn) Seth Ilkley Ramsbottom, from the hearing 3rd February, 1903, Yorkshire RFU v Great Ouseburn RFC, they have adjudged Liam’s try should stand, the least he deserved for a fabulous performance.