THIRDS IN GEAR!
James Doran's side brought the good times home with a convincing win against Hoylake to make it 3 wins in 3. In Jame's' own words
With memories of the heavy defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season still playing on people’s minds the pre match team talk was about revenge. The game started off and both teams knew they were in for a physical match. Hole punching runs from Roberts, Drescher and Webb where being match by the much heavier Hoylake pack and the match stayed at a stale mate for the first 20 minutes, then a catch and drive on the Hoylake 22 was perfectly orchestrated Webb threw a perfect line out for Doran to catch and even with the heavier pack Southport drove forward Liam Webb called the shots and then when he saw his chance he broke off from the back and rolled his way over for Southport’s first score which was then converted. Southport almost took the lead into the half but with a few minutes to go a clearance kick from Southport’s try line was caught and ran in by Hoylakes full back to send the game to half time at 7-7.
The half time team talk was a positive one and the advantage of playing with the wind half gave the team confidence of winning, this showed with the big boot of Matt Casselton pinning Hoylake in their own half with every opportunity, this started to annoy the Hoylake side and soon the penalties started adding up, a penalty in front of the posts gave Southport the opportunity to edge into the lead again 10-7.
Both teams hammered away at each other and Southport thought they had the next score from another line out Neil Bayliff looked as if he had scored but the ref pulled it back as not being able to see the grounding. Knowing it would take one moment of brilliance to put this game to bed, up step Chris Drescher! The lighting quick winger spotted an overlap out to the left and took full advantage placing the ball down in the corner, the tricky conversion from right on the touchline was neatly converted to give Southport an enjoyable 17-7 win against a very tough opponent.
Man of the Match was awarded to John Roberts for outstanding defensive work and for the many line breaks he managed.
Tries: Webb, Drescher
Con: Goodwin x2
Pen : Goodwin