Southport U13s 30 Vale of Lune 25
By David pilkington
Some brilliant passages of play provide the U13s with a hard earned win.
Southport U13s welcomed Vale of Lune to Waterloo Road on Sunday for what promised to be a testing opening game to bring in the new season. And so it transpired; some lack lustre tackling and unforced handling errors meant that the visitors were three scores up in the first ten minutes. Not to be down-hearted the boys showed great character and reversed the momentumwith true determination and grit. Ollie Benford opened the scoring for Southport with a dummy pass to the winger, a little move and good acceleration to get to the line in the right hand corner. Sam Cockwill showed great strength, stampeding straight down the middle of the park to take Southport into the break within touching distance at only one score down.
The second half started brightly for Southport, with man of the match Dillon Smith causing trouble at outside half. A solid scrum from an increasingly dominant pack allowed consistently good ball for the playmaker who fed Dillon and a neatly taken score brought the home side level. Ollie Benford also benefited from steady ball at the scrum, picking up from the number 8’s feet and showing a delicious turn of pace to run in his second try of the day.
Onwards Southport went. Slick handling in the midfield created space for Lewis Fusco who turned on the burners and opened his account for the season with a try in the left hand corner. A couple of scores from Vale of Lune meant that the match was evenly poised with five minutes to go. But an already exhausted scoreboard was to be troubled one final time; the decisive score courtesy of Dillon Smith who took the ball at the half way line and, with gritted teeth and gargantuan determination, out sprinted the defence to reach the try line in the left hand corner.
Played one, won one but this was more than just the first win of the season. The full squad was involved, with all of the boys demonstrating controlled aggression and superb physical and mental strength. If the players can retain that attitude and continue to play for each other then this promises to be a strong season for the U13s.