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Your News Southport 3 - Oldershaw 20

Facing a team that has won all of its games this season, with an average over thirty points per game, Southport showed considerable improvement, and their defence was particularly impressive. The backrow of Gareth Lang, Dave Gairn and Joe Mawdesley worked hard for the whole game, impressing the crowd with their ability to cover the ground efficiently. In the backs Olie Brown at stand-off had an excellent game. His kicking in defence was well directed, and his handling and distribution created chances for the outside backs as well as the supporting forwards. As a result, Clark Walton at inside centre produced several breaks which against lesser opposition would certainly have produced tries.

But Oldershaw would not be denied their day in the sun, and opened the scoring early with a fine try from their outside centre Anthony Molloy. This was followed by a penalty goal, by Mark Hallam, and Oldershaw were all over Southport for the first twenty minutes.

Then gradually Langs team began to make their tackles count, turn-overs was effective, and they maintained possession for long periods, making significant drives of their own. Excitement mounted as the home side created chance after chance inside the oppositions 22 metre zone, and Oldershaw were happy to concede just one penalty in the fifteen minutes before half-time. This goal was kicked by Karne Green from in front of the posts after referee Gary Spengler has spotted defenders off-side in the middle.

However, one rare excursion into Southport half resulted in a try for Oldershaws right winger Mark Roberts, when a speculative kick to the corner bounced favourable for him.

Southports dominance continued for the the first twenty minutes of the second half, but again they failed to turn possession into points. Oldershaw returned to the attack for the last fifteen minutes, and were awarded a penalty for a scrummaging error, to give them a win which was certainly not as emphatic as the scoreline might suggest.

So Southports start to the season has been fraught with difficulties, but the underlying ability is there. This team needs time together, and no doubt they will produce enough league points to finished the season in a respectable postion.

The 2nd XV won an exciting game against Waterloo 3rd Xv by 27-25, but Southport III suffered a heavy defeat at St Edwards old Boys II.

Both of Southports Colts teams won on Sunday, the Juniors winning 34-24 against ormskirk, and the Seniors were victorious against Crewe and Nantwich 29-22.

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