SOUTHPORT SECURE LAST PLAY VICTORY.
By Graham Ellis
Under 16s overcome tough examination at Collegiate. Andy Lawton casts his beady eye on proceedings
An earlier kick off, at the request of the opposition, saw Southport U16s take on Liverpool Collegiate in their cup fixture away at Liverpool College.
Playing with a blustery wind behind them, Southport were soon on the attack. Both sides showed some stern defence to keep the score board redundant for the first 25 minutes. Southport indeed put two gilt edge chances to ground with the final pass going astray.
With half time approaching, Ben Roberson drove the ball in well and was,uncreomonisly, dumped tackle resulting in a penalty under the sticks. Southport declined the easy kick and ran the ball. After a couple of phases, Jack Cook crashed over and Ben Henderson added the conversion. 0-7 at the interval.
Collegiate started the 2nd half brightly and played the windy conditions to their benefit. They scored their first try in the corner after a couple of missed tackles but failed to add the conversion. This spurned Southport on and they kept pushing hard for the next try. However, it was Collegiate who scored a break away try which was easily converted to give the hosts at 12-7 lead with less than 10 minutes to go.
Southport thought they'd scored only for a Charlie Watts try to be adjudged a knock on. Southport disrupted the scrum well and forced several errors on Collegiate's line, eventually winning the ball back, feeding it our wide for Ollie McKeown to level the scores in the corner.
Southport's tail was up and they continued to press, Dan Middlehurst and Louie Southwood showing some nice touches in the centres.
With the last play called by the ref, Collegiate tried an all or nothing play with a chip n chase kick over the top. However, Ollie Mc read the script, caught on the full, skipped past some desperate defence and beat the fullback to score the winning try under the sticks with Ben again adding the points.
A fantastic game of rugby played by 2 evenly matched side. Rugby won once again.