1st XV Match Report
Glossop overcome plucky Fleetwood
Fleetwood 14 Glossop 39
Put in a nutshell, Glossop were the better organised side and deserved to win, however, a never say die Fleetwood did not do themselves any favours by tactics and unfortunate slip-ups.
On a bright afternoon, the first half started ominously with Glossop pressing continuously. Although, late off the bus due to traffic problems, the visitors soon posted their intent with controlled forward play and decisive movement in the backs. A couple of well worked early unconverted tries resulted, although all the Fleetwood team showed bags of resolution with unceasing defence and tackling.
With the following wind, the home side failed to clear play from their half on numerous occasions, to set up necessary attacking positions. The Glossop front five by this time totally dominated the scrum restarts to retrieve or maintain the advantage. Defence thwarted more visitor try’s and although a few break outs occurred, it was Glossop again on the stroke of half time who scored another unconverted try in the corner.
Half Time 0-15
An early penalty for Glossop increased the score.
Unfortunately, this was followed by an unlucky slip in defence which resulted in a converted try.
Fleet were getting to grips with the game up front, however, any half breaks were snuffed out by the opposition cover. On a foray into Fleet territory, a deft kick through totally wrong footed the backs defence which resulted in an easy converted try.
A brief team talk under the sticks seemed to galvanise Fleetwood into more organised action which resulted in a hard worked converted try by Gavin Rowell
The game became an all-area contest with both sides ceding ground but after recovering from a particularly crunching tackle, Chris Jones
crashed over for a deserved converted try.
A late passage of play saw Glossop pressure causing a cruel fortuitous interception and a final converted score under the posts.
Final Score 14-39
Full marks to the Fleetwood forwards, refusing to be overrun. Although crunching contributions to the game in tenacious defence by all, the competent visitors thwarted the home sides stuttering attacking organisation and capability.
Report by Oakhampton