SIX OF THE BEST AS THIRDS SINK SEFTON
James Doran's men made the trip to Sefton knowing that a win would secure survival having found a huge surge of form of late.
Mike Goodwin reports.
On Downs Syndrome Awareness day Southport turned out in odd socks by request of captain Doran. There was however nothing odd about how Southport started the game and after some swift handling in the backs the ball came out to Tom Smallwood who crashed over for the first score of the match, the conversion made it 7-0, Southport could not capitalise on this though as a string of penalties meant that Sefton kept southport pinned in there own half. However the combination of stand in hooker Goodwin and jumper Doran made light work of the line outs giving the backs plenty of opportunity to play the team out of trouble. The half time whistle blew and Southport knew they where in for a tough second half.
Almost instantly on the restart Southport went down to 14 men due to one of the props being sin binned. This worked in Southports favour as it actually stopped Seftons biggest strength, the scrum, from being utilised, Southport made this count and after another typical John Roberts line break he rounded two defenders before finding Adam Atkinson on his inside. He then rounded the full back before selling Seftons inside centre with a perfect dummy and go under the posts to give James Dorans men a healthy 14-0 lead.
This didn’t last for long and after a simple penalty for Sefton put them on the scoresheet, the kick off that followed was ran back and all the way under the posts to set up a nervy 20 minutes. Southport where getting pinned back and it looked like Sefton where about to score again until the man mountain that is Jason KEATING made his much awaited return from injury. His first touch of the ball saw him run over the Sefton scrum half like he wasn’t even there, his second saw him take the ball on the half way line and power his way through to the try line to all but put the game to bed. There was just time for one more bit of Atkinson magic, a dummy pass from the back of a ruck 5m out created just enough of a gap for him to wriggle through and seal the win for Southport. The conversion ended the game and Southport 3rds had made it 6 wins in 6 and secured there league status for another season.
Man of the Match went to Will Hughes for his heroic defence.
Tries :- Atkinson x2, Smallwood, Keating
Con : - Goodwin x3