South Lancashire/Cheshire Division 1
Liverpool Collegiate 13 – New Brighton 25
Liverpool Collegiate 13 (5)
Tries: Smith (2) Pens: Lloyd (1)
New Brighton 25 (15)
Tries: Penalty try (1) Dean (1) Tuipolutu (1) Cons: Dean (2) Pens: Dean (2)
Report by Stephen Owen
New Brighton beat Liverpool Collegiate to record their second away victory and third win in total so far this season. The New Brighton forwards were very much in the ascendancy in a first half in which the visitors limited the home side to one unconverted try by centre Ross Smith whilst being penalised themselves for a host of infringements. Collegiate improved in the second half as New Brighton seemed to completely switch off but New Brighton eventually gained the upper hand once more for Steve Dean to see them home with a further penalty kick and a converted try under the posts.
A strong blustery wind blowing across an open field made handling and kicking difficult for both sides all afternoon as Collegiate missed the opportunity to take an early lead with a penalty kick. New Brighton put points on the board but Collegiate stuck to their task and at times, made better use of the conditions to put the visitors under pressure. As in previous games, New Brighton’s front row of Cardus, Buckley and Jones were, once again, giving their opposite numbers a torrid time in the scrum but despite New Brighton dominating up front they were indisciplined at the breakdown and in calmer weather conditions, Collegiate fly half Chris Lloyd might have made them pay. With player coach Phil Gazzola
forced off by injury, New Brighton’s continuing forward power lead to the award of a penalty try, followed by a try for replacement Kati, both converted by fly half Steve Dean who also kicked a penalty to ensure New Brighton lead at the break.
Half time score: Liverpool Collegiate 5 – New Brighton 15
Whatever was said at half time had clearly had an effect on Collegiate as, despite still being under pressure, they managed to steady a shaky scrum and put width on the ball to create a scoring opportunity, taken, once again, by centre Ross Smith, to close the gap to five points. Collegiate seemed revitalised and sensed an opportunity whilst New Brighton struggled to get in the game. A little of the pressure on the visitors eased with the award of a penalty kick, taken successfully by New Brighton fly half Steve Dean. New Brighton then rang the changes with Byron Power on for Daryl Parker and flanker Mathew Cook off the field. As the game entered the final twenty minutes the hard work put in pre-season paid dividends as New Brighton woke up and launched a three - quarter line move that saw Steve Dean cut through the Collegiate defence to score a try under the posts he then converted himself.
Full time score: Liverpool Collegiate 13 – New Brighton 25
A victory achieved in difficult conditions with another very solid performance from the forwards, the returning Steve Dean and promising full debuts from full back Daryl Parker and winger Gavin Attwood
. Next up for the blues, Wigan at Hartsfield next Saturday.
Team: 15. Daryl Parker, 14. Gavin Attwood
, 13. Brett Williams
, 12. Jack Harris
, 11. Andy Signal,
10. Steve Dean, 9. Luke Thompson
, 1. Joe Cardus
, 2. Phil Buckley
(Capt), 3. Aaron Jones
4. Paul Roberts
, 5. mike gazzola
, 6. Stuart Gratton
, 7. Mathew Cook, 8. Phil Gazzola
Replacements: 16. Katilimoni Tuipolutu for Phil Gazzola
17, Byron Power for Daryl Parker, 18. Tom Brie
for Matthew cook
By Stephen Owen