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1st XV - Match centre

Fleetwood
Silloth
S Richardson, O Brown, P Bamber, K Phillips (2), R Brookfield, K Bowling, B Stapleton (2), S Woodburn
Full time
S Richardson (6)
S Richardson (2)
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - North Lancs & Cumbria

Back to winning ways!

Fleetwood welcomed Silloth to Melbourne Avenue on a bright sunny afternoon and were looking forward to an afternoon of open running rugby.

Following some big selection problems Fleet fielded a strong side and immediately went on the offensive with the forwards punching holes in the visitors defence, Pete Benny and Scott Richardson leading the way before a penalty was awarded to the hosts which Scott dispatched for 3-0. Fleet continued to attack and following strong carries from player-coach Woodburn, Scott Richardson raced in for a try which he converted for a 10-0 lead. Pete Benny continued to run strongly at the opposition as did James Torkington and Rob Brookfield. Fleet were then forced to defend for a while before good work from Benny and Karl Bowling led to a try by Owen Brown, converted by Scott Richardson for a 17-0 lead. Scotty soon added another penalty to take the lead to 20-0. The visitors were now struggling for ideas and invariably kicked the ball downfield to gain territory. Mostly however these kicks found full-back Jack Crompton who was eager to run the ball back and link up with his wingers Kris Phillips and Brad Stapleton. Centres Ali Cheal and Owen Brown ran strongly and put pressure on the visitors’ back line. Shortly before half-time the combination of Woodburn-Torkington-Richardson led to a well-deserved try for the evergreen Paul Bamber to race in the corner. 25-0.

Strong words from the coach at half-time and the introduction of fresh legs in the shape of Chris Jones, George Orrie and Mike Kelly allowed Fleetwood to continue with their intensity. Immediately on the attack the forwards secured good ball before Scott Richardson put a clever grubber kick in the corner for Kris Phillips to pounce on and score. 30-0. Only a few minutes later Fleet once again attacked and the impressive Rob Brookfield finished off the move with a cheeky dummy and try under the sticks, converted by Richardson, 37-0. Fleetwood were by now rampant and had the lions’ share of possession. Karl Bowling made a fine individual break and added 5 more points to the tally. At this stage Woodburn and skipper Ricky Newton came off for a well-deserved rest with youngster George Orrie moving into the pack. During this spell Silloth managed to create a try of their own with their left winger going over in the corner after a number penalties and 5 metre scrums, reducing the deficit to 44-7. The visitors were beginning to tire by now however and following a well-taken line-out the ball was fed to the ever-impressive Brad Stapleton who burst through a number of would-be tacklers to go over for a good try. Woodburn and Newton came back into the action for the last 10 minutes and after a flowing movement between backs and forwards Woodburn found himself in space under the posts after good work from Crompton, Phillips and Richardson. Conversion by Scotty 56-7. Fleetwood continued to dominate proceedings and 2 further tries were added through Brad Stapleton and Kris Phillips, both ending up with a brace apiece. Scott Richardson finished with a personal tally of 23 points with 1 try, 2 penalties and 6 conversions.

An excellent all-round performance albeit against a team who are faced with relegation . We wish them a speedy return to NLC rugby and thank them for their spirited performance.

The pack won a constant supply of ball with Woodburn leading from the front, ably supported by the excellent James Torkington and ever-present Rob Brookfield. The backs enjoyed their opportunity to run at spaces with young Karl Bowling being awarded man of the match honours for his distribution and all-round contribution, reluctantly taking on the traditional beer race with his opposing nominee, the visitors full-back. Ali Cheal and Owen Brown formed a formidable partnership in the centres before the latter was forced off the field with a hamstring injury. Skipper Ricky Newton enjoyed the afternoon despite being unable to get onto the score sheet himself (this season) although he could be proud of his contribution to the team effort.

Next Saturday sees a tough challenge with a visit to league leaders Carlisle but the lads are in no mood to lie down with a number of players knocking on the door to establish their places in the starting line up.

Report by Ian Cameron

Key moments

5:00
Penalty Scott Richardson kicks a penalty for Fleetwood
10:00
Try Scott Richardson scores for Fleetwood
12:00
Conversion Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
20:00
Try Owen Brown scores for Fleetwood
22:00
Conversion Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
25:00
Penalty Scott Richardson kicks a penalty for Fleetwood
35:00
Try Paul Bamber scores for Fleetwood
45:00
Try Kris Phillips scores for Fleetwood
50:00
Try Rob Brookfield scores for Fleetwood
52:00
Conversion Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
58:00
Try Karl Bowling scores for Fleetwood
66:00
Try Brad Stapleton scores for Fleetwood
70:00
Try Steve Woodburn scores for Fleetwood
72:00
Conversion Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
75:00
Try Brad Stapleton scores for Fleetwood
76:00
Conversion Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
78:00
Try Kris Phillips scores for Fleetwood
79:00
Conversion Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Karl Bowling is awarded player of the match for Fleetwood
79:00 Conversion 68 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
78:00 Try 66 - 0
Kris Phillips scores for Fleetwood
76:00 Conversion 61 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
75:00 Try 59 - 0
Brad Stapleton scores for Fleetwood
72:00 Conversion 54 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
70:00 Try 52 - 0
Steve Woodburn scores for Fleetwood
66:00 Try 47 - 0
Brad Stapleton scores for Fleetwood
60:00 Sub Off
Steve Woodburn is substituted off for Fleetwood
60:00 Sub Off
Ricky Newton is substituted off for Fleetwood
60:00 Sub On
Mike Kelly is substituted on for Fleetwood
60:00 Sub On
Chris Jones is substituted on for Fleetwood
58:00 Try 42 - 0
Karl Bowling scores for Fleetwood
52:00 Conversion 37 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
50:00 Try 35 - 0
Rob Brookfield scores for Fleetwood
45:00 Try 30 - 0
Kris Phillips scores for Fleetwood
End of period 1
35:00 Try 25 - 0
Paul Bamber scores for Fleetwood
25:00 Penalty 20 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a penalty for Fleetwood
22:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
20:00 Try 15 - 0
Owen Brown scores for Fleetwood
12:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a conversion for Fleetwood
10:00 Try 8 - 0
Scott Richardson scores for Fleetwood
5:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Scott Richardson kicks a penalty for Fleetwood
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fleetwood
  • Silloth
  • 0
  • Scott Richardson Penalty 5:00'
  • Scott Richardson Try 10:00'
  • Scott Richardson Conversion 12:00'
  • Owen Brown Try 20:00'
  • Scott Richardson Conversion 22:00'
  • Scott Richardson Penalty 25:00'
  • Paul Bamber Try 35:00'
  • Kris Phillips Try 45:00'
  • Rob Brookfield Try 50:00'
  • Scott Richardson Conversion 52:00'
  • Karl Bowling Try 58:00'
  • Steve Woodburn Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ricky Newton Sub Off 60:00'
  • Mike Kelly Sub On 60:00'
  • Chris Jones Sub On 60:00'
  • Brad Stapleton Try 66:00'
  • Steve Woodburn Try 70:00'
  • Scott Richardson Conversion 72:00'
  • Brad Stapleton Try 75:00'
  • Scott Richardson Conversion 76:00'
  • Kris Phillips Try 78:00'
  • Scott Richardson Conversion 79:00'
  • Karl Bowling Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Crompton, Jack Crompton, Jack
Stapleton, Brad Stapleton, Brad
Cheal, Ali Cheal, Ali
Brown, Owen Brown, Owen
Phillips, Kris Phillips, Kris
Bowling, Karl Bowling, Karl
Bamber, Paul Bamber, Paul
Woodburn, Steve Woodburn, Steve
Torkington, James Torkington, James
Richardson, Scott Richardson, Scott
Lilley, James Lilley, James
Brookfield, Rob Brookfield, Rob
Newton, Ricky Newton, Ricky
Brocklehurst, Jack Brocklehurst, Jack
Benny, Peter Benny, Peter

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Bolton 26 74
7. Hawcoat Park 26 61
8. Fleetwood 26 58
9. Aldwinians 26 58
10. Trafford MV 26 53
11. Littleborough 26 41
12. Upper Eden 26 33

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