Plenty of pos­i­tives in Water­loo’s nar­row loss

Midweek Visiter - - Sport - FIRWOOD WATER­LOO ........................... 13 VALE OF LUNE ........................................ 15

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.”

Si­mon Mar­shall

Gary Roberts takes the ball up­field for South­port dur­ing last Satur­day’s nar­row de­feat to Spen­ny­moor Town at the Merseyrail Com­mu­nity Sta­dium.

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