SECONDS TOP OF THE SHOP!
By Graham Ellis
Avaricious 2s succeed as Firsts fall short as beast of a performance sets the standard for the season
SOUTHPORT 2s 90 FLEETWOOD 2s 0 by Andy Boland
Pride of place in the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season went to the Second team. Visitors Fleetwood struggled to cope with Southport’s youth, power and pace from the off as Southport played with structure and control to put points on the board with some well worked tries. In the opening minutes. The floodgates then opened as the oppositions big forwards simply couldn’t cope with the pace
Unfortunately in the midst of this Kiwi stalwart Rei Chambers suffered a back injury and whilst waiting for an ambulance the teams upped sticks to a pitch ‘over the wall’ to allow for his treatment. In his absence the home side did not let up and continued to attack the Fleetwood try line with devastating effect, in the end posting a total of fourteen tries without reply. Top of the try scorers was the impressive Harry Hewitt with four, Adam Atkinson, Colin Fearns and Joe Parkinson each with a brace and Harrison Keating, Dan Lovett, Callum Toothill and Conor Rylands each with one apiece. Harrison also had a successful day with his place kicking chalking up ten conversions on top.
But victory came at cost. Thankfully following hospital treatment Rei was not kept in and hopefully will be available again very soon. Likewise Adam Atkinson whose magnificent game culminated in a broken collar bone and evergreen club captain Jason Keating who came off with a groin strain.
Man of the match was Adam Atkinson. He was all over the place not giving the opposition any breathing space and with a hand in many of the tries. In truth it could have gone to any of the boys on the pitch as it was a great team performance based on a model of excellence in fusing electric youthful talent with experience in key areas. Notwithstanding the difference in opposition on the day many of these players will now put pressure on First team selection especially the many Colts on display who sent out a strong message that they intend to maintain the excellent progress into Senior Rugby last season into this.