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Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - SOUTH­PORT III .................................. 29 WIDNESIII ............................................ 6 SOUTH­PORT U16S .............................. 12 FLEET­WOOD U16S ................................ 7

BY GRA­HAM WHYTE

RE­CENT con­tests be­tween the two sides have been low scor­ing tight af­fairs. Richard Field re­turned to take the num­ber 8 po­si­tion and ex skip­per Col Toohey stood up man­fully to take a spot in the front row.

He’s still wait­ing for the re­place­ment prop, who is on his way!

The game started well for South­port.

Con­ducted by Andy Boland at 9, strong for­ward play fol­lowed with some line break­ing runs from the backs, led by Stephen Hunter and new cen­tre Cal­lum Lea.

The lat­ter crashed over early for South­port’s first try of the day, this was duly con­verted by Ja­son Fitz­patrick.

Josh Spencer con­tin­ued his great form from last week with some great runs, but un­for­tu­nately had to fin­ish the game early with a pulled ham­string.

Dave Helm­s­ley re­placed him. Matty Croughan car­ried on where he left off last week with some strong runs through the mid­dle of the Widnes for­wards.

Un­for­tu­nately for South­port, a lack of dis­ci­pline meant, for 20 min­utes of the first half, the game ground to a halt.

Widnes ben­e­fited from this and kicked two penal­ties to bring the score to 7-6.

Af­ter Mike Sheard re­turned from the sin bin South­port got back on track. Some quick hands from the backs fol­low­ing a turnover in a scrum meant the ball ended up in Luke Mon­aghans hands and he picked his way through Widnes’s backs to score in the cor­ner. Again con­verted by Fitz­patrick, 14-6.

The sec­ond half was much bet­ter, South­port’s dis­ci­pline im­proved and so did their rugby.

Cal­lum Lea scored again, af­ter some great work up front by the for­wards, run­ning pow­er­fully through Widnes tack­lers to make the score 19-6.

An­other con­verted penalty by Widnes added three more points to their tally 19-9.

A great line break by Richard Field had him odds on to score only for him to mis­han­dle and lose the ball five me­tres out. South­port weren’t fin­ished how­ever.

Shortly af­ter Luke Mon­aghan scored his sec­ond try of the day in the cor­ner af­ter more good work from the backs to make it 24-9.

As time was run­ning out right wing Mark Poole im­pressed with a great try from 50 me­tres, scored in the cor­ner, evad­ing des­per­ate Widnes de­fend­ers to make the score 29-9. A good re­sult and per­for­mance only slightly let down by the ill-dis­ci­pline in the first half. A quick men­tion too for the Gents day din­ner af­ter­wards, what a great night was had by all. Mas­sive thank you to the or­gan­is­ers at the club. Look­ing for­ward to next year’s. BY ANDY LAW­TON

On a lovely au­tumn morn­ing the U16s en­ter­tained Fleet­wood in a friendly game at Water­loo Road.

South­port loaned a player to their op­po­nents to al­low a fif­teen-a-side game to take place and started the game strongly.

In what was to turn out to be a pack dom­i­nated game, South­port reg­u­larly got over the gain line with solid car­ries from Cookie, Dan M and Ol­lie R run­ning es­pe­cially hard.

Their de­fence was also work­ing well with big hits from Luke V, Ro­man and Arron L.

With the half draw­ing to a close, South­port fi­nally got over the line with Aod­han B scor­ing for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game with a strong burst through the line. Ben H with the con­ver­sion, South­port with a 7-0 half

An­gus Math­eson

South­port first team in ac­tion against Win­ning­ton Park

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