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After a gruelling pre season training regime led by the sadistic David ‘Drill Master’ Gairns the Southport squad felt fitter, faster and stronger and ready to open a new season in style. With a number of injuries to the forwards and Southport now fielding three recognised League teams, concessions had to be made between teams to ensure a balance was reached.

This was highlighted as prop Ian Walton was replaced by Graham Riley due to injury just minutes before the game, and Dave Oliver stepped into the Scrum Half position for the first time.

From the outset Sefton played the usual physical game, attacking in phases and using the rolling maul to great success to gain field position. The inside centre acting as the catalyst to crash forward through the Southport line. But the tenacity and determination of flankers Charlie Steel and Liam Parmer held the line like the BP deep water oil plug… Resolute, Strong and British….. And Joe Spencer and Old Man Astwood proved to be an unbreakable last line of defence protecting Full Back Captain ‘Calamity’ Bailey (returning from surgery and hoping not to aggravate any injury further, or even more so aggravate any team players with injury stories in the showers post match!!).

The match was extremely stop/start with infringements on both sides being made every few minutes, generally for not rolling away or handling in the ruck. This lead to Sefton gaining advantages in field position in the first half and rolling through tackles led to an opening try 5 metres from the left touchline.

This lead was further extended in the second half with a penalty awarded 10 metres out, allowing the forwards to group and drive over the Southport line.

In the last 15 minutes Danny Banks took to the field (a colt come man) allowing the backs to get more into the action. Danny illustrated finesse and composure, a great accolade to his junior coaches at the club, and in the dying seconds kicked an inch perfect 30 yard pass out to Jason Fitzpatrick on the left wing, who zipped around the full back like Sports Billy to score. Dave Oliver added the conversion before the whistle blew.

This side certainly has potential for the season and with young talent coming through, assisted by some old heads in the forwards.

Tries: J Fitzpatrick

Conversions: D Oliver

Report: Rik Potter

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