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Southport Visiter - - Family Health - SOUTH­PORT FIRST XV .................... 26 LIVER­POOL COL­LE­GIATE ............... 10

LAST week­end saw a mixed bag. With Joe Mawd­s­ley, Sam Cross and Jack Parker re­turn­ing to ac­tion, the Firsts led the way in se­cur­ing a pre­cious win over Liver­pool Col­le­giate but again they were up­staged by Chris Tees’ re­mark­able Sec­ond XV.

Prob­a­bly the youngest se­nior side ever to have played in South­port colours, they ex­celled in over­com­ing a 22 point deficit to leave Pre­ston thirds grass hop­ping in se­cur­ing a 45-29 vic­tory to go top of the ta­ble.

Ja­son Keat­ing et al pulled out all the stops to get a 3rd XV out, in­clud­ing a proud fa­ther and son mo­ment as Shane and Matthew Cook took to the field to­gether for the first time.

Matthew up­staged both his Dad and older brother James in the sec­onds by notch­ing two tries in a valiant but un­suc­cess­ful ef­fort at Mersey­side Po­lice.

South­port Ladies put in a great shift too go­ing down 12-17 at Manch­ester on Sun­day.

This week they host Dar­ling­ton, whilst the day be­fore (Satur­day) the First XV travel to Hoy­lake, and the Third XV host Birken­head Park thirds, both the men’s matches kick­ing off at 2:15pm now that the clocks have gone back.

But the week­end starts to­mor­row (Fri­day) evening when the Club puts on its an­nual Fire­work Ex­trav­a­ganza, a fan­tas­tic evening of en­ter­tain­ment for all the fam­ily, with a se­lec­tion of bouncy cas­tles, the bull, wipeout and as­sault course.

First XV cap­tain Dan Whalen and his band ‘Out­side Hu­man’ will be per­form­ing in the club.

Food and drink will be avail­able from both our scrump­tious food court in­side and out­side the club­house.

Pre-Event Prices (avail­able from the bar and kitchen at the club up un­til 3pm Fri­day 2 No­vem­ber) are U3 Free, U13 £4 U16 £5 Adult £6 Fam­ily (2 adults, 2 chil­dren) £15. You can also pay on the evening at the gate U3 Free U13 £5 U16 £6 Adult £7 Fam­ily (2 adults, 2 chil­dren) £17.

Watch­ing the First XV these days is like rum­mag­ing through a li­brary.

Some­times it’s a hor­ror story you come across, other times an all ac­tion thriller you can’t put down and you just don’t want it to end.

The Water­loo Road faith­ful have had both in the two games lead­ing up to last Satur­day’s game and re­ally didn’t know what to ex­pect.

The syn­op­sis had all the mak­ings of sci­ence fic­tion as the game was hugely im­por­tant to the im­me­di­ate time trav­els of both teams.

Col­le­giate ar­rived prop­ping up the ta­ble hav­ing lost all their seven games so far in the ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive league.

How­ever by way of a sub plot the close­ness in most of their score lines sug­gested the team is bet­ter than its po­si­tion por­trays.

For their part South­port were smart­ing from a thrash­ing at Glos­sop the week be­fore which left them hov­er­ing just above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. So both needed an all-im­por­tant win to get back on track.

So in good lit­er­ary fash­ion the man­u­script we got on the day from a South­port per­spec­tive was more a com­pendium be­gin­ning with an ex­plo­sive para­graph to whet the ap­petite fol­lowed by a com­fort­able read as the sto­ry­line un­folded un­spec­tac­u­larly but nicely lead­ing up to half time.

Then Col­le­giate ripped up the script to pro­duce a shock end­ing. From then on the sec­ond half was hard on the eyes as South­port laboured un­der mount­ing penalty de­ci­sions against and their own mis­takes un­til the fi­nal sec­onds when like all good sto­ries there was to be a happy end­ing.

It wasn’t a clas­sic and cer­tainly one to put back on the shelf, done and dusted.

The story? Winger Tom Pea­cock fin­ished off a glo­ri­ous piece of flow­ing rugby right from the kick off with Jake Mann kick­ing the con­ver­sion to get the home side off to a flyer at 7-0 up, barely a minute played.

Col­le­giate bat­tled their way back into con­tention but could only muster a penalty for their ef­forts but at 7-3 the game was evenly bal­anced, South­port were hav­ing more of the ter­ri­tory and threat­ened a cut­ting edge but far too of­ten play broke down through un­forced er­rors and the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions.

But pa­tience is a virtue and was duly re­warded when Chris Ma­jor chalked up his sec­ond try in suc­ces­sive home games, this time Mann’s con­ver­sion at­tempt re­bound­ing back

Fa­ther and son, Shane and Matthew Cook

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