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Home > News > Excellent win for Fylde at Broadstreet
Your News Excellent win for Fylde at Broadstreet

Fylde ended Broadstreets 100% league record to date when they introduced them to the rigours of life in National League rugby whilst at the same time notching their first league win of the fledgling 2009-10 season. The handsome 39-9 scoreline at the Coventry-based clubs well appointed Ivor Preece ground almost certainly would have been greater had the Lancastrians not had four players sinbinned in the first half. This was an extraordinary situation no one there could remember this number going off from one team during a whole game, let alone in 40 minutes which could have had profound affects on Fylde if the opposition had been stronger. As it was, and despite going down to 13 players at one time when Dave Wilks joined Nick King on the sidelines on the half-hour, the visitors went into the interval still retaining their 10-6 lead.

Once their fourth carded player, Alistair Atkinson, returned to the pitch early in the 2nd half, it was completely one-way traffic. The bigger and fitter Fylde forwards took control and bossed the game. Four tries in the half, three converted by fly-half Mike Waywell, gave a belated but true impression of the difference between the two sides on the day.

But the game started in very different circumstances as the small travelling contingent of Fylde supporters blinked more than a few times to see their side running out in a changed emergency strip of blue shirts! In this 90th anniversary year for the Club this is probably the only time a Fylde team has ever worn blue!

Although the visitors started strongly they were pegged back on 4 minutes when they were penalised in their own half and Broadstreet fly-half Dan Richards stepped up to give his side the lead at 3-0. Five minutes later, Fylde spun the ball wide in their own half and centre Alex Hurst made a clean break through Streets defence. His team mates were quickly up in support and a couple of phases later debutant centre Olli Moore set up Oliver Brennand who beat three defenders on the outside to score a trademark try in the left corner. Fly-half Mike Waywell, who had an impressive day as goal kicker standing in for the injured Tom Barlow, landed a beautiful conversion from the touchline.

Richards returned the favour after 25 minutes when he kicked Broadstreets second penalty to reduce the deficit to 6-7. By this time the first of the four sinbinnings had happened when Fylde debutant prop Dan Birchall saw yellow for foul play. The path to the visitors technical area was to become well worn by the 40th minute.

Waywells penalty kick on 27 minutes restored Fyldes advantage before ten minutes of mayhem ensued. Nick King, returning to the Fylde 2nd row following an injury enforced 10 month absence, was yellow carded, and was quickly followed by player-coach Dave Wilks. The 13 men defended well against the inevitable Street onslaught and repelled all advances. When both offenders had returned to the action a couple of minutes before the break, the visitors were dumbfounded to lose Ali Atkinson for a technical offence at a ruck. Although still retaining a 10-6 half-time lead, there was much angst amongst the Fylde support staff and Director of Rugby Mark Nelson attempted to clarify the interpretation of referee Andrew Jackson of these offences.

Broadstreet reduced the deficit when Richards kicked a third penalty early the 2nd half following up another successful effort from Waywell. As soon as Atkinson returned to the action on 49 minutes Fylde began to exert their superiority with a vengeance.

>From a fine attack down their left on 52 minutes, quick hands amongst the backs set-up Ollie Brennand who broke the Streets defensive line and off loaded to supporting former Army flanker Laurie Smith who dived over for his second try in two games. Waywell converted and Fylde had stretched their lead to 20-9.

Fylde hardly scored a mauled try all last season despite being by far the highest try scorers in the division. Partly due to the change in the mauling laws, partly due to hard work on the training pitch, Fylde then used this tactic to great effect. None in a season, now like buses they came along in threes.

>From a driving maul near the Street line the home side deliberately brought it down and skipper and it was lock Eddie Simkiss turn to incur referee Jacksons wrath. Off he went to the bin.

After 56 minutes Fylde took advantage of this with another maul which ended with no 8 Roger Banks being driven over for the try. Waywell converted once more for a 27-9 lead. With the bit well and truly between their teeth, the same tactic ended with the same result, this time with Dave Wilks the last man up claiming the try. Waywell converted again and the lead increased to 34-9.

In the last couple of minutes from yet another maul, Wilks claimed his second try of the afternoon. For once, Waywell missed the conversion but the game closed out with a 39-9 final score.

Fylde Director of Rugby Mark Nelson had nothing but praise for a fine all round team effort. Everyone did well and, in particular, the forwards were magnificent. Forwards coach Dave Wilks must take a great deal of credit for the improvements we made this season. It was good to have Nick King back from such a long injury-induced absence. Prop Adam Lewis made another major contribution and formed a powerful duo with on loan Sale Jet Dan Birchall. Ollie Moore had a very good debut as well. The 1st half was difficult because of the sinbinnings. Ive never seen four of these in one half in my long career. The referee adjudged that three were for dangerous play although it wasnt a nasty game at all.

At half time I invoked the defence of Rorkes Drift it seemed that we were so few in number when down to 13 men. It was wasted on one of the players who thought I was referring to that famous battle in the Zulu Wars called Forks Drift!


Fylde: 15 Martin Wallwork; 14 Tommy Banks (David Wiseman 74), 13 Alex Hurst (James Smith 61), 12 Ollie Moore, 11 Ollie Brennand; 10 Mike Waywell, 9 Craig Aikman(c); 1 Dan Birchall, 2 Johnny Roddam (Alan Holmes 69), 3 Adam Lewis, 4 Alistair Atkinson, 5 Nick King (Martin Macreavey 76), 6 Laurie Smith, 7 Dave Wilks, 8 Roger Banks (Jeavon Trend 67).

YCs: Birchall 13; King 28; Wilks 30; Atkinson 40.

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