SOUTHPORT LADIES v WORKINGTON LADIES
Convincing win sees Ladies maintain their position at top of the league.
Zoe Corfield reports
Southport ladies went into this match joint top of the league. Southport had never met their opposition Workington before, having only just joined the league this season, so did not know what to expect and with the awful weather conditions it could have been a tricky home fixture.
Southport started at a disadvantage with the wind against them, receiving some long kicks off Workington. However some quick tries were scored with a catch from the oppositions high kick from Zoe Corfield, who drew the opposition and popped off an inside ball to Natalie Burns who stormed through the Workington defence from her own half to score a brilliant try.
Workington couldn't compete against the strength of the Southport pack as they pushed forward with Lauren McCluskey picking the ball from back of the scrum to begin another attack, quick hands from LAURA DAVIDSON, making her debut for Southport and Debbie Morris, released Rebecca Drescher to run down the wing to score her first try for Southport. Strong running and brilliant support from the southport forwards during the first half resulted in further try's being scored by Alison 'Moggy' Morris, Burns and four from McCluskey.
Southport started the second half with the wind now in their favour. Secure rucking allowed scrum half, Faye Dagnall, to make some clean passes out to the backs, with Davidson fabulously taking a short ball to punch through the Workington defensive line. An unlucky knock on resulted in a scrum to Workington, but the dominant Southport forwards won the scrum, as they did all afternoon, allowing Dagnall to take the ball from the back quickly and weaved her way through the defence scoring a much deserved try.
Another knock on from kick off, gave Workington another chance to gain possession of the ball, but Southport's fantastic pack turned the ball over, with flanker Alice Kirkman picking up the ball, speeding through the defence however missing out as the ball judged to have been knocked on over the try line. But not to worry, as the five metre scrum was turned over again with McCluskey scoring yet again. Further phases were made with good hands from both forwards and backs giving Anna Elliot chance to gain yards with a run down the wing, passing two players but was brought down with a high tackle. The referee played the advantage with Southport winning the ruck and McCluskey picking up the loose ball and breaking through the Workington defence and off-loading the ball to the supporting Burns to score under the posts.
With the game won Southport used the last 15 minutes to try and put some phases of play together, with both the forwards and backs trying moves from training.
Further try's scored in the second half were by Dagnall, Kirkman and McIntrye and four brilliant conversions made by Emma Fay. With captain McCluskey owing 2 jugs of beer to the team for her double hat trick! The final score 82-0 to Southport Ladies was a testament to the hard training and experience they have gained over the past few years.