OH MOTHER! RILEY WASHED OUT BY DE LA SALLE.
Dave Atherton picks the bones out of a hard encounter for the Two's against the Salford outfit in which they acquitted themselves brilliantly.
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The 2s had their first game in a number of weeks on Saturday and played host to De La Salle. Late changes to the team meant George Baumber moving into prop and Ryan Bailey moving into the second row, but this didn't affect 'Port as they opened up with some nice flowing rugby. Unfortunately a couple of moments of indiscipline allowed the visitors a shot at goal from a penalty which they duly took to lead 3-0.
Southport were soon back at it though and after a number of phases of good rugby, the "grey bear" Graham Riley crashed over the line from 10 metres out (although he'll tell you it's from the half way line if you give him a chance) to score the game's first try. With the conversion added from David Atherton the score was 7-3 and Southport were looking good.
Unfortunately for Graham, he was injured in the act of scoring and had to be replaced leading to a reshuffle in the pack, with Jake McMullen moving to hooker and young Louis Shorrock coming into the back row for his senior debut. The lead was soon to be cut to 1 when more indiscipline from Southport led to another penalty for De La Salle although the 4 point lead was restored when sustained pressure led to a penalty near the posts which Atherton again converted.
Half time came and the score remained 10-6.
The second half saw 'Port's ill discipline return and this led to an overlap for De La Salle which they took advantage of to score a converted try putting them into a 13-10 lead. The 2s didn't panic though and were soon back in the opposition 22 and when awarded a penalty the 3 points were taken and the scores were level.
Unfortunately, the indiscipline returned and so did De La Salle's lead through another penalty. With 5 minutes to go 'Port through everything at their visitors but despite the pressure they couldn't quite force their way over the line for the win they desperately wanted.
Congratulations to Louis along with Josh Nichol and Conrad who performed excellently under pressure on their senior debuts, as well as the other colts who also held their own.
Next week sees the 2s on a coach trip to Fleetwood where they will be looking to return to winning ways.