Plenty of positives in Waterloo’s narrow loss
THIS was another solid performance from Firwood Waterloo despite going down by two points to the as yet unbeaten North One West leaders Vale of Lune.
However this was a game the home side should have won and perhaps with a little more experience in crucial positions they might well have done so.
“Of course we are disappointed at losing,” confessed Firwood Waterloo’s director of rugby, Steve Wood, after the game.
“Vale of Lune are a very good side, packed with experience and to run them so close just shows how far we have come with this group of players.
“It’s true we should have won and even when we went 13-15 down with 15 minutes still to go we had enough chances to do so,” he continued.
“We are still a very young side but we will all learn from this and I am of the opinion that if we perform as we did this afternoon we will beat most sides in this league and certainly be in contention at the end of the season.”
Vale we first to score with an unconverted try but Firwood Waterloo came back with a penalty from Tom Booth with a try by Alwyn Watkin Williams on the back of some forceful pick and drive play, the second-row driving over from a scrum close to the opposition line.
Booth’s successful conversion afforded the Blundellsands outfit a 10-5 lead.
Unfortunately a converted try restored the visitors’ advantage but with Booth in fine form with the boot Firwood Waterloo came back with a penalty to re-take the lead at 13-12.
Adapting to the poor conditions the better, Vale began to exert pressure resulting in a penalty to seal the match although with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, Firwood Waterloo did everything possible to break through but the visitors’ rearguard held firm.
“Very pleased with the way we performed this afternoon,” added Wood.
“We are building all the time and this match was another step along the way.
“We now have a week off before we travel to Northwich which we know will be a very tough game for us.
“However if we can take some of today’s effort across with us then we are in with a chance.”
Gary Roberts takes the ball upfield for Southport during last Saturday’s narrow defeat to Spennymoor Town at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.