Derby Day Victory for the 3s
Fleetwood came down to the ‘Rugby Tavern’ looking to get a victory over their close rivals after the huge defeat against Blackpool on the final day of last season.
The Seasiders kick off with a high kick left of the field, however ‘Fleet’ knock on, a scrum is given to start the game off. Fleetwood earnt a line-out on ‘Pool’s’ 5 metre line. After a great catch and drive, Johnny Bridges smashes through the Blackpool defence for the opening try. Darren Howe with the conversion, 0-7, game on. Moments later ‘Pool’ also earnt themselves a line-out, this time on ‘Fleet’s’ 22. The Seasiders broke the Green and Gold line, luckily Blackpool couldn’t level the score. With Fleetwood looking to extend their lead, every opportunity mattered. Fleetwood earnt a scrum on their opposition’s 22, a few phases later the ball goes into Buzza’s shovels, a textbook Buzza try. Conversion missed, 7-12. From the restart, Joe Kirton initiates a great run, snaking past every ‘Pool’ player in his way, great try, Howie with the conversion. Blackpool thought they were going to get past Fleetwood’s defence, but they stood strong, crumbling the opposition attack. As play developed, the ball was shipped out the Andy Benson, and a try followed for his first game in four years, Howie again with the added two points. Half time, a great first half for Fleetwood, 7-26.
The Seasiders conceded a penalty from the off, and yet another penalty followed. Johnny Bridges then manoeuvres through the Blackpool defence for his second try of the game, Howie with yet another conversion. Blackpool dust themselves off and go back at Fleetwood, they then finally go over the white wash, conversion missed, 14-33. The Seasiders start to burrow themselves back into the game, and with using space on the wing, they get themselves another try, conversion scored. Howie was then given a ten minute rest, but Fleetwood go on. Penalty after penalty is given against Fleetwood, this is the story of the second half. Blackpool then finally mange to get the ball over the line after multiple attempts, ‘Pool’ get the two points. Howie ends up redeeming his small mistake, and with a great interception, he manages to finish in the far left corner, Howie just missed to convert his own try, but completes the cross bar challenge. Full time, 33-38.
Fleetwood manage to complete their task, but only just it seems. Penalties in the second half meant that Fleetwood lost main control of the latter half, and couldn’t play their game, however Blackpool still couldn’t get past Fleetwood’s defence as much as they needed to. Fleetwood's first half performance luckily saved the day.
Howie was awarded man of the match this week for his great try and nailing nearly every conversion.