Sefton Thriller at Home
After Fleetwood were outplayed in every facet against a good Bolton side in their last game, the aim against Sefton was to turn that around and show everyone what they can really do.
Karl Bowling started the game off with a kick off to the right of the Sefton half into the teeth of a gale. After a Sefton scrum, Fleetwood knew scrums might not be the easiest for them against the team from Merseyside. Fleetwood shut down the Sefton attack with a smashing tackle into touch, ‘Fleet’ line-out. Sefton kept the ball in the Fleetwood half for the first fifteen or so minutes, but they were not able to break through the strong Fleetwood defence. Sefton thought they had finally breached ‘Fleet’s’ defence, but a try saving dive by Mike Kelly after a good chip from the back of a scrum,saved the day. Fleetwood finally manage to get over the half-way line and making good ground. Sefton concede a penalty after a deliberate knock on, kick scored by Gavin Rowell, 3-0. Moments later, Sefton finally cracked the Fleetwood defence open. An inside pass opened up a big hole in the line. And with the two points secured, Sefton lead, 3-7. Again Sefton managed to get through Fleetwood’s defence, after winning a line-out on the five metre line, Sefton catch and drive. Conversion scored. Half time, Fleetwood down, 3-14.
Fleetwood managed to gain good ground from the kick off, but Sefton turned the ball over. Jordan Brocklehurst was yellow carded along with a Sefton player which reduced both teams to fourteen men for ten minutes. Sefton conceded a penalty to Fleetwood close to their try line for offside,after a ‘Fleet’ tap and go George Orry dived on the ball as it came out of a ruck for a try. Gavin Rowell couldn’t get the two points this time, 8-14. Fleetwood spotted a hole in the Sefton defence on the left side of the pitch. A great run by Karl Bowling who passed it off to Joe Kirton who continued the run to score. Gavin with the conversion, 15-14. Joe almost managed to get a second try, but unfortunately a forward pass denied him. Sefton conceded another penalty in good kicking distance for Fleetwood, and Gavin slotted it through the posts, 18-14. Fleetwood began another attack, Karl with a great kick downfield allowed Mike Kelly to make a great tackle and turnover the ball. Karl finished the move he set up, Gavin with the conversion, 25-14. Towards the end of the game, Sefton forged a hole open in the ‘Fleet’ defence, try given. Conversion scored, 25-21. Great last ditch defending by Fleetwood denied Sefton another try, which would have cost Fleetwood the game. Full time, 25-21.
Fleetwood put in a great effort to turn this game around, after spending the first half almost totally in their own 22 and turning round at half time eleven points down. They used the conditions well in the second half and turned the game round. It took some skill and determination . A great performance all around.
Sefton are a club that we haven’t played for many years. The result was close and we look forward to visiting them later in the year.
Man of the match this week was awarded to Mike Kelly for leading the defensive line and was decisive in attack.
Pictures all thanks to @sportandcoffee.