Commitment is vital to survive
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.