Com­mit­ment is vi­tal to sur­vive

Southport Visiter - - Celebrations -

AS the South­port rugby sea­son moves into mid­win­ter there are omi­nous signs it could be a bleak one.

To an ex­tent this is due to match­ing the lev­els of ex­pec­ta­tion the re­cent suc­cesses all the se­nior teams have en­joyed which now sees them all play­ing at a higher level, but hav­ing worked so hard to get there none of the play­ers old and new can now af­ford to rest on their lau­rels.

This was starkly il­lus­trated last week­end as the Firsts, Ladies and Colts suf­fered de­feats to vary­ing de­grees.

With an in­cred­i­ble 56 reg­is­tered play­ers un­avail­able on Satur­day the club was un­able to ful­fil the Third team league fix­ture.

Com­mit­ment to train­ing and match day avail­abil­ity is now the or­der of the day es­pe­cially the First team squad which was thread­bare on its trav­els to Glos­sop on Satur­day.

With a barely recog­nis­able front row (even the re­doubtable 60 year old ex-Eng­land prop Gareth Chilcott in town for the Clubs An­nual Din­ner was in con­tention!) the un­doubted abil­ity of those on the pitch to com­pete to the end was laid bare and un­able to pre­vent the team be­ing duly despatched with ease by a vi­brant home team 3-43.

This was by far the worst re­sult in 2017/18 so far and in truth the score line doesn’t lie. Un­less things change very quickly the Firsts will be sucked into an un­wanted rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle in what is an ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive league with no easy games, none more so than lead­ers Broughton Park at home this Satur­day (KO 2.15pm).

The wise words of in­spi­ra­tion from the ex­cel­lent Mr Chilcott on Satur­day evening are well worth heed­ing.

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