Colne 2's win on the road
Excellent win for Colne, despite being down in numbers
For the 2nd Team, it was their first run out this season due to a cancellation last week due to lack of numbers. A Fleetwood side were hopeful to kick start their campaign having lost to fellow sea-sider’s Blackpool the following week.
It seems the whole rugby family are going through difficult times at the minute, with Colne sending 11 players over to Fleetwood, and Ormskirk arriving to face the 1sts with 13 and no front row replacements.
Colne 2’s travelled with 11 players to face an experienced and powerful Fleetwood side on the coast. As they looked to get their season up and running, Colne kicked off and were met by a determined and considerably bigger Fleetwood pack. The tackling from Dem and Ash Grant thwarted any attack from Fleetwood’s forwards, and the pace in Colne’s backs allowed the covering tackles to be effective. With Colne’s back holding the pace and stamina advantage, the ball quickly found its way out to Colne’s wing. But with no support, Fleetwood turned over and crossed the white wash for the opening score.
Colne answered back almost immediately as good passing between Kyle Daugherty and Dem made space for Sky who crashed over under the posts. Converted by Kyle to bring the scores level.
With the number disadvantage, Fleetwood soon scored again. Colne had to play smart rugby and slow the speed of the game in the correct areas. Adam Williamson picked up from 8 and with a few pick and go’s, Colne soon had their second try.
With the half time whistle looming, a hack through from the Fleetwood saw a chase between Dem and the Fleetwood winger. With a swipe of his left foot, Dem missed kicking the ball into touch which allowed for an easy pick up and score from the Fleetwood winger. Half time 17-12 Fleetwood.
After the break, Colne knew that they had to keep calm and the scores would come as Fleetwood were running out of steam. From the restart Adrian Morris set of on a powerful run and some quick pick and drives from Scott and Liam had Fleetwood on the back foot. Quick hands from Aaron and Martin put Sky in space to race in for his second try.
A catch and drive from Ash at the kick off got Colne going forward again and some good continuity from forwards and backs created space for Adam to power over for his second try.
As the final whistle loomed, a couple more scores from Husband (his first ever try for the club after 5 years) and Sky to complete his hattrick, in reply to Fleetwood’s 1, saw Colne record their first win of the season. Lots of positives to take from the game and although travelling with 11, the 11 never gave up and got their reward.
Final Score: C&N 2’s 39- Fleetwood 17