Tarleton Try Fest
Fleetwood came into the New Year looking to get their first victory of 2019. Fleetwood played Tarleton last year away just losing 34-30. 'Fleet' were hoping for a better result in the replay on home turf.
Tarleton started the game with a high kick off into the ‘Fleet’defence. The opposition started strong, coming close to scoring in the opening minutes of the game. The strong green and gold defence held strong, holding the ball up. Tarleton, however, were relentless and finally broke through the home side defence, with a cracking run by the Tarleton Number 8, conversion scored, 0-7. ‘Fleet’ then gave away a penalty which Tarleton used to further their lead by ten points, 0-10. Tarleton were sent down to 14 men for ten, Fleetwood penalty. Jamie Mayall
used to penalty to get ‘Fleet’ some points on the board, 3-10. Tarleton score their second try of the game after exploiting a 2 on 1 situation, finishing smoothly in the right corner, score not converted, 3-15. Tarleton score again after running through holes in the unorganized Fleetwood defence, conversion scored, 3-22. James Lilley
was the man to score Fleetwood’s first try of the game. James broke the line after dashing through a gap in the opposition’s defence, Jamie nailed the conversion, 10-22. Tarleton score their fourth try of the game after turning the ball over and using an overlap scoring in the right corner again, conversion missed. Half time, scores Fleetwood 10 Tarleton 27.
Fleetwood kicked off for the second half, hoping to get something out of the game. Soon after the start of the second half however, Tarleton score very early on in the half, try was converted, 10-34. Tarleton score again after breaking through the Fleetwood defence, two points were added, 10-31. The opposition crashed in for their second to last try of the game. Fleetwood’s missed caused this try, conversion again scored, 10-41. ‘Fleet’ concede a penalty and Tarleton kicks to lengthen their lead, 10-55. Tarleton score a converted try to end the game. Final score: Fleetwood 10 Tarleton 62.
Fleetwood learnt a good lesson against Tarleton in every way. Fleetwood did stick at it, but it definitely wasn’t one to look back fondly on, but one to look back and improve from.