WHEN A FELON'S NOT ENGAGED IN HIS EMPLOYMENT
The 3s hosted the Police who had beaten them convincingly earlier in the season 38-0. They were after revenge and an impressive 5 wins on the bounce.
James 'Dixon of Dock Green' Doran explains that a policeman's lot was not a happy one.
Merseyside Police turned up early and were doing their warm up before Southport but unfortunately both sides were depleted. The opposition only turned up with twelve players and Southport lent them one but due to late cry offs and no shows were short too with only a squad of sixteen.
The team talk before the game that the as the Police all looked like forwards to the break down quick and let the young backs do the work running with the ball in hand. From the kick off it was certain the police were not going to take this lying down with some good carries and big tackle’s going in.
The first score of the game came from the boot as Southport were awarded a penalty in front of goal with Fitzpatrick took with ease.
Southport were dominant in the backs but some good tackling from the Police and the ball not sticking kept the home side out until eventually the first try came from some quick thinking by man of the match Gaz Rowlands. Following a Southport lineout a penalty was awarded. Rowlands saw a gap and taking a quick tap went to score under the posts, converted by Fitzpatrick.
The next try came from the back the ball shipped wide to Rik Potter who sprinted down the line to score but the conversion was missed. For the next 10 minutes it was a stalemate as Southport could not find the line and the Police were running hard at the defence which held strong. From a ruck five meters out Neil Bailiff picked up was tackled on the line but managed to get the ball down and the conversation made. There was still time for one last try of the half as Matty Casselton found a gap down the blind side to go over but not grounding it getting up and skipping under the posts to enable the conversion to be made.
The half time whistle blew with Southport 29-0 up. Doran’s pep-talk was for more of the same as shown in the first half and to keep the discipline and not to react especially as the away hooker seemed to have taken his angry pills before the game.
However the Police looked to come out a different side in the second half and some good hard runs saw the Southport line under pressure but the defence held strong and the score remained the same for 20 minutes. It got to the point that even the Police said “Must have been a fluke the first half as you have not managed to score this half”
The next score was registered when Casselton found Joe Spencer and it was like the parting of the Red Sea as he sprinted under the posts, Fitzpatrick again adding the extras. The Police came back but with no joy as John Roberts found himself in the middle of the park turned the ball over and hacked it up field with Fitzpatrick in support picked the ball up and found Rowlands in support for him to go under the sticks again with the extras added.
From the restart Rowlands caught and shipped the ball all the way along the line to find Potter on the wing to run the remaining 22 meters under the sticks. From the restart the ball did not go ten metres and ref called last play scrum to Southport. The Police pack did well and took it against the head unfortunately the aging scrum half was having a bad day as the ball was not under control and came out the back of the scrum Rowlands hoofed it on with the boot to throw the Police back line which was all up for a defensive move and he managed to pick the ball up and go over to complete an impressive hat trick. The extras were added by Fitzpatrick followed by the full time whistle.
Captain Doran was happy with the way the team played and kept their discipline making it 5 in a row. A week off next week followed by the trip to Sefton.