Dou­ble up on Widnes

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test. And it fell to South­port again cour­tesy of some hard work from the for­wards, caus­ing Widnes to trans­gress and pun­ished by the boot of At­tis.

With a gap now open­ing on the score­board, South­port kept their foot on the gas and tire­less work from the front row of Ian Smith, Rob White, Tom Smith and re­place­ment Craig Pacey pinned Widnes back and starved them of pos­ses­sion.

And the pres­sure soon told, when Sam Cross charged from mid­field, suck­ing in the de­fence.

Crisp hands and South­port shipped the ball wide to Dy­lan Nor­bury, and he put in an invit­ing chip set­ting up a foot chase that full back Tom Hill won, ground­ing the ball be­fore At­tis added the ex­tras from wide out.

South­port now had opened up a com­fort­able gap but Widnes then ar­guably played some of their best rugby, starv­ing South­port of the ball and nul­li­fy­ing any at­tacks.

How­ever, de­spite nei­ther team threat­en­ing the try lines in the last quar­ter, South­port’s unas­sail­able lead saw the vis­i­tors com­fort­ably close out the game and safely over the fin­ish line, seal­ing an en­vi­able “dou- ble” over their lo­cal ri­vals and cap­ping off an ex­cel­lent start to the year.

Club Pres­i­dent Gra­ham El­lis said af­ter­wards: “A big thank you to my coun­ter­part at Widnes RUFC Paul Ne­wall and his col­leagues for their su­perb hospi­tal­ity all af­ter­noon and their grace in de­feat.

“A ter­rific, bustling rugby club.

“Good luck to them for the rest of the sea­son.

“Also big raps to each and ev­ery­one of the South­port lads for putting in a shift, no more so than the ev­er­green Ian Smith and Craig Pacey for step- ping in as last minute call-ups”.

With the de­pleted Sec­onds beat­ing West Park sec­onds at home to re­tain top spot and the Thirds go­ing down nar­rowly at Burn­ley sec­onds,as well as vic­to­ries for the Colts and u18s Girls in Sun­day it just shows the great depth of spirit and re­solve we have through­out which stands us in good stead too.”

A real treat is in store at Water­loo Road this Satur­day when one of the his­toric and fore­most clubs in rugby union Liver­pool St He­lens are the vis­i­tors.

Un­til 1990/91 LSH reg­u­larly trav­elled to the likes of Bath, Glouces­ter, Le­ices­ter, Northamp­ton, Sara­cens, Wasps. Next up....South­port!

To whet your ap­petite take a look at this clip fea­tur­ing how LSH has ad­justed to life in South Lan­cashire and Cheshire Divi­sion One, in­clud­ing an in­ter­view with club Pres­i­dent the le­gendary Ray French.

http:// www. eng­lan­drugby. com/ news/ rugby- nats- liver­pool- he­lens- find­ing- con­sis­tency/

It is hoped that Ray will be in at­ten­dance.

El­lis com­ments: “South­port RFC is very proud to be host­ing a club of the stature of LSH, in­deed all clubs re­gard­less of sta­tus.

“But the game on Satur­day has a spe­cial res­o­nance be­ing a lo­cal derby and an op­por­tu­nity to put be­hind us the poor performance by our own high stan­dards in los­ing at Moss Lane ear­lier in the sea­son.”

South­port RFC thanks match day spon­sors In­vestec and look for­ward to wel­com­ing David Owen and his guests, as well as of­fi­cials and mem­bers of LSH and Tar­leton 2s who take on the Kick-off is 2.15pm. Get there early as it should be worth ev­ery penny.

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