THIRDS DEPLETED BUT NEVER DEFEATED!
By Graham Ellis
Due to numerous injuries and unavailable players, Southport’s 3rd XV took a scratch team down the M57 to face LSH’s 3rd XV at Moss Lane on Saturday.
Skipper Graham 'Lightning' Whyte remains up beat as Southport Thirds dug deep into their resources and called up a few members of the minis and juniors coaches to pull on a shirt for the first team this season. In contrast LSH fielded a very strong young team, their First team not having a fixture.
Full credit to all who turned out to play for Southport under the circumstances. From the kick off, the visitors turned the ball over and drove down the field with the forwards before Neil Bayliff crashed over from a maul to score near the posts. Unfortunately the conversion was missed. This however turned out to be a bit of a false dawn, as wave after wave of LSH attacking led to numerous try’s in the first half. The hosts obvious faster pace and youth far too much for the inexperience and old dogs of the visitors.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first ended, LSH scoring straight from the kick off. More try’s followed. Southport dug in and actually finished the scoring for the day, when some excellent play led to the visitors being awarded a penalty 5 metres out. A quick tap from Gaz Rowlands led to Mark Poole darting between 2 home defenders to score. The conversion by Mike Goodwin was good. Again full credit for the never say die attitude of Southport. The final score 71-12 to the hosts.
I’d like, as captain, to say a big thank you to the coaches, who gave up their Saturday afternoon to play and never give up against a superior opponent. Well done fellas, we go again!