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Southport 3rd XV - Match centre

Merseyside Pol 1
Southport 3
Full time
J Spencer, J Roberts (3), J Gillow, J Spencer (2)
J Spencer (3)
Sat 2 Apr 15:00 - Raging Bull North West Leagues - Division 4 West

WIN IN THE GILLOWS

Ian 'Arkwright' Smith pens all hours as the Thirds secure another fine win in their serene surge for promotion.

With picturesque views across the Mersey estuary and fine weather conditions the 3rds kicked off. But they struggled at the breakdown being penalised consistently resulting in field position for the Police ultimately leading to an early score from a clever kick and favourable bounce for the home side as they used the significant slope to their advantage.

After 20 minutes Southport managed to adjust to the uncontested break down and were able to start playing rugby, powerful drives in midfield from Gillow and Baumber were providing quick clean ball for the backs as Joe Spencer started to command the team from fly half He linked up well with Roberts and the powerful centre brought the scores level converted by Spencer.

Half time blew with Port knowing they were in the ascendancy and the game was for the taking.

The second half started and Port used strong pick and go breaks with the ball then spinning wide, Rodd steaming for the line passed wide hoping it was his full back breaking the line sadly it was his prop who seemed to look for contact rather than the line. Thankfully Josh Spencer was on hand to pick up and carry the ball over in the corner. Next up was a lightening try, a miskicked restart resulted in a scum on halfway secured well by the Southport pack, scrum half linked with centre and centre with scrum half as they effortlessly combined to carve the oppositions back line to pieces resulting in another try for Roberts.

Powerful runs from Keating kept the opposition on the back foot or in some case lying on floor wondering what had just happened and with the opposition struggling to contain the rumbling juggernauts of Lovett and Gillow strong field position was built and more space for the rampaging backs to exploit and lead to the Spencer brothers taking it in turn to score. Another try for Roberts giving him a hat trick and the away team were out of sight. A welcome return was made by Mark Brunskill who was fast and athletic, unfortunately he brought with him what was described as a dangerous stare and was given a stern talking to by the referee.

The final try was secured from an exemplary line out that had performed well all day, initially the 5 man line secured the ball and set up the maul, then the extra forwards joined and the drive was on, 1 metre, 2 metre, 3 metre and then the backs added their muscle 5 metres 10 metres and line beckoned the ball was surrounded by Keating, Lovett and Gillow and the burly train was in danger of ending up in the river, thankfully Gillow crashed to floor for the final try of the day and a great performance taking captain Doran ever closer to his second promotion since taking the reins of the 3rd team.

The 3rds now lie second in the league. Next up? Only third placed Prenton 2nds at home next Saturday in a game which will go a long way to decide if this is achieved. On this performance it won't be for the lack of tries or trying.

Key moments

20:00
Try Joe Spencer scores for Southport 3
21:00
Conversion Josh Spencer kicks a conversion for Southport 3
45:00
Try John Roberts scores for Southport 3
50:00
Try John Gillow scores for Southport 3
55:00
Try Josh Spencer scores for Southport 3
56:00
Conversion Josh Spencer kicks a conversion for Southport 3
65:00
Try John Roberts scores for Southport 3
70:00
Try Josh Spencer scores for Southport 3
74:00
Try John Roberts scores for Southport 3
75:00
Conversion Josh Spencer kicks a conversion for Southport 3

Highlights

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75:00 Conversion 0 - 41
Josh Spencer kicks a conversion for Southport 3
74:00 Try 0 - 39
John Roberts scores for Southport 3
70:00 Try 0 - 34
Josh Spencer scores for Southport 3
65:00 Try 0 - 29
John Roberts scores for Southport 3
56:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Josh Spencer kicks a conversion for Southport 3
55:00 Try 0 - 22
Josh Spencer scores for Southport 3
50:00 Try 0 - 17
John Gillow scores for Southport 3
45:00 Try 0 - 12
John Roberts scores for Southport 3
End of period 1
21:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Josh Spencer kicks a conversion for Southport 3
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Joe Spencer scores for Southport 3
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Merseyside Pol 1
  • Southport 3
  • 0
  • Joe Spencer Try 20:00'
  • Josh Spencer Conversion 21:00'
  • John Roberts Try 45:00'
  • John Gillow Try 50:00'
  • Josh Spencer Try 55:00'
  • Josh Spencer Conversion 56:00'
  • John Roberts Try 65:00'
  • Josh Spencer Try 70:00'
  • John Roberts Try 74:00'
  • Josh Spencer Conversion 75:00'

Team selection

Spencer, Josh Spencer, Josh
Rodd, Jamie Rodd, Jamie
Scott-Abbott, Will Scott-Abbott, Will
Roberts, John Roberts, John
Mawdsley, John Mawdsley, John
Spencer, Joe Spencer, Joe
Hughes, Alex Hughes, Alex
KEATING, Jason KEATING, Jason
Medcalf, Tom Medcalf, Tom
Doran, James Doran, James
Baumber, Ian Baumber, Ian
Shaw, Michael Shaw, Michael
Gillow, John Gillow, John
Sheard, Mike Sheard, Mike
Smith, Ian Smith, Ian

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Capenhurst 1 22 88
2. Southport 3 22 73
3. Anselmians 2 22 63
4. Prenton 2 22 61
5. Hoylake 2 22 53
6. Liverpool St Helens 3 22 49
7. Liverpool Collegiate 3 22 48

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