Rainy Days = Winning Days
Another Away Victory for the boys from the Dell..
This week Prenton 1sts headed off to Play Liverpool Uni with the squad bolstered by players from the Academicals team. Although the weather was atrocious with constant rain for the entire duration of the game, the quality of the Rugby on display was very good & entertaining an game to watch. The Liverpool team as you would expect from a Uni team were young fit, fast & skilful & It was the Liverpool side who started the game better & scored an early try & after a period of possession & pressure. The try coming from a tactic the Liverpool side used a lot during the game which was short passing from pods of players attacking on the outside channels of the ruck area. Prenton slowly began to get back into the game keeping control of the ball & moving up the Pitch. Each time Prenton had the ball & made inroads towards the Liverpool try line penalties were conceded by the Liverpool team & Ben Holland slotted 3 on the bounce to take the score to 5-9 Prenton. As the 1st half came to a close Liverpool managed 1 last attack & after a set of numerous penalties awarded to the Liverpool team they moved up the field deep into the Prenton 22. With the last play of the half a quick tap penalty seen Liverpool get over the try line & also get the conversion. Half time Liverpool Uni 12 Prenton 9.
Although behind Prenton were starting to control the game, a bigger physical pack making good yardage & disrupting the Liverpool set piece, the backs controlling the ball well in the wet conditions. Good attacking play got Prenton into the Liverpool 22 & Penton’s Steve ‘Egg’ McCready crashed over for a classic number 8’s try. Ben Holland again slotting the conversion from wide out on the touch line 16-12 Prenton. The full squad of 20 helped rotate the Prenton forwards & keep up the work ethic & physical dominance over the Liverpool side. The extra bodies are always good as big Lee Gordon lasted about 5mins, 1 ball carry 1 good tackle & then off to hospital to repair his split eye. It was not just the forwards who were playing well as the Prenton backs were nullifying their Liverpool counterparts & controlling the ball in the wet conditions. A superb try from sub centre Steve Evo soon followed which had the whole touch line cheering as after a perfect kick through which held up over the try line & looking about 3rd in the sprint Evo bustled his way past the defenders & won the dive over the line for the try. Another Ben Holland conversion for a faultless display by Ben brought his personal total for the day to 13 & the score to 23-12 Prenton. Prenton now firmly in control of the game. Another raid brought Prenton to within 10 meters of the Liverpool try line but another set of penalties similar to those in the 1st half seen Liverpool go from their own 22 to Penton’s 22 & then over the try line for an unconverted try. Score now 17-23 to Prenton. This score lead to a needless tense final 10 minutes, as although Prenton had been the better combined side for the Majority of the game with the clock ticking Liverpool were now only 5 points behind. With time almost up Prenton had to defend 1 last time when with Prenton in the possession the ref stopped game Spoke to our 10 Sam Smith & then awarded a scrum to Liverpool??? This presented Liverpool with 1 last chance to potentially win the game but the Prenton defence held firm possession was won back & the ball kicked out of play for back to back always wins. Final score Liverpool 17 Prenton 23
Well done lads, great attitude by the players & we can still improve further & will do over the season. As a group (managers, coaches & players) we will have to learn how to play the ref of the day better as we gave away to many penalties & sin bins. Each week the ref will change & with the change the possibility of a different interpretation of the games law’s & we will have to learn to adapt to the ref quicker as the only 1 thing which won’t change is the ref is always right.
Great support from the whole club on the day. The more appropriately clothed still getting soaked on 1 touch line & the un appropriately clothed Academicals (shorts & flip flops) seeking refuge under trees on the other, good job they had cans of cold larger to keep the weather at bay! An enjoyable day beer thoroughly deserved & thanks to Jeff Sheldon for the chip butties back at the club.