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Your News Southport 19 - Oldershaw 6

Andy Boland, Southports scrum half, produced the game of his life to mastermind this win against a resolute Oldershaw side. Match sponsor Robin Porter awarded him the man-of-the-match champagne as much for his defensive tackling as for his attacking moves, one of which resulted in the best try of the game, scored by flanker Dave Gairn.

Southport should win all their home games in this league, and this looked to be no problem as John Robertss forwards were totally dominant for the first twenty minutes. Superb driving runs led by No 8 Simon Kilshaw, and excellent support play by the rest of the pack, led by lock George Baumber, were enough to convince the crowd that this would be something of a walk-over. But it was not to be.

Oldershaw found themselves penalised often for scrummaging misdemeanours by Isle of Mann referee John Higginbotham, and Southports fullback John Sawbridge kicked two of these to take an easy six point lead. How quickly things can change. Oldershaw improved their discipline, and Southport lost control as they became frustrated with their inability to score the first decisive try. Steve Hunter was sent to the sin bin for a foul committed by an unidentified Southport player, and Oldershaw kicked two penalty goals to bring the scores level at the half-time interval.

Things went from bad to worse as Southports blindside flanker Matty Astwood was sent to the sin bin, and five minutes after he returned he was red-carded for stamping, although it was not clear that he was the offending player.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man, and it was Boland who turned the game around with a blindside break on the half-way line which split the Oldershaw defence. He chipped the ball over the covering forwards, and right winger Liam McGrath collected it. He in turn was stopped, but Gairn was in support to take the move over the line for a magnificent try.

This totally demoralised Oldershaw, and the Southport forwards returned to the dominance that they had enjoyed in the first quarter of the game. Rolling mauls and drives made huge inroads into the Oldershaw half, and one of these was driven over the line with George Baumber in possession. With a lead of thirteen points Southport finished the game on a high, taking the league points and the cheers of the crowd.

This win takes Southport to fourth place in the league table, with every chance of climbing to second place if they can overcome Ruskin Park at home, and Liverpool Collegiate, away, in the run up to Christmas.

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