'Burn complete a perfect start to the year
Stage set for a fab Feb.
One more friendly next Sunday v Wigan away, then 3 tough cup games but based on the last 3 performances the lads should be in good knick to challenge anyone. Perhaps the most encouraging part of the teams development is the fact that everyone seems to have really clicked, gets the game, works hard and plays with a big grin on their faces. There are still a few work-ons, support running for lads who break the gain line for one, but given the margins recently none of the parents or supporters have anything to complain about.
Today's game was at Ramsgreave, Fylde's pitches being unusable, while our pitch C is a credit to Chris Ham and all concerned. Fylde kindly supplied a ref, giving Richard and I a chance to watch the lads, try some players in new places and offer bits of advice when needed. The boys faced a stiff breeze in the first half, and the kick off into the wind from Tom soon produced the goods, Fylde deciding to run their possession rather than use the wind, but soon finding that our defence is pretty decent. From the breakdown, Tobi led the counter, a second pod took up from the ensuing ruck, then quick ball to Tom who took his chance well and popped the down below the posts. Arthur was next to put the ball down over the whitewash, with one of his mazy runs being finished off with him kicking ahead then dribbling the ball to score. This was the first of 5 for the Fox, all of them run in from distance and ball in hand, after his second dribble attempt went wide to Jacob to put it away. The Deacon got two on the day, while Tom doubled his tally to keep things ticking over nicely. In fairness to Fylde they never gave up, and their two scores were well worked and put away well. Tobi got a great score, picking and going as usual, and three other efforts were brilliantly defended by the Fylde lads, pulling him down inches from the line. Once again the work he and the forwards were putting in gave our backline such a great platform. Johnny got a couple of scores down wing and through the centre, while Chris, deputising for Tom P on the wing toward the end of the game, scored his second in as many weeks to great cheers from the home support.
16 lads today, only 7 backs on show, hence Tom Ps unusual shift on the wing, though normal service will be resumed next week for sure. While match reports like this serve to help keep a note of the score and the scorers, everyone knows the hard work the pack and the subs for the pack have done today, including a great push against the head, means the backs had their field day. The old adage, "forwards win games, backs by how much" was never more true. Typical of the work and attitude was our hooker Seb, who played all but 10 minutes driving through rucks and holding up mauls like a man possessed. When called ashore, I remarked to his dad I keep forgetting he's only 12. "I'm actually 11" says he, totally deadpan, never taking his eyes off the game.....