COOK PUTS ICING ON THE (ECCLES) CAKE
Southport 2’s enjoyed their first home game of the season with a win against Eccles 2XV. Skipper Andy Boland reports.
Southport started off well by putting the away side under pressure wand moved the ball from one side to the other, eventually the pressure took hold and with some great handling when Chris tees scored in the corner, which Jason Fitzpatrick converted.
Eccles cameback strong with their strong running prop making ground, the Eccles attack breached the Southport defence and crashed over for a converted try.
The last points of the half went to Southport with a converted penalty from Fitzpatrick ending the half 10-7 to the home side.
Southport started the second half strong, again with the pack keeping possession, and with a quick flick back from Scrum half Boland, Craig Pacey crashed through the defence to score, unconverted.
Southport were on the up and again with some great handling Jamie Rodd sped past 3 defenders to score a well finished try, which was converted by Fitzpatrick.
After the kick, Southport put more pressure on the Eccles defence, but after loss of possession Eccles made a great counter attack from their speedy fullback and crossed over the line for a converted try. Southport came back with a defence busting try from Mark Astwood, which wasn’t converted.
Eccles sneaked another try in which was unconverted. But the last try was the best of the day as Southport worked their way up the pitch and kept hold of the ball against a hard-working Eccles defence and camped on the line the spun to the backs where Astwood held the defence to put man of the match James Cook, crashing through the middle to score a converted try.
Game finished 34-19 which has kick started the season. This week the 2’s are away to West Park St Helens and are hoping to kick from this win