U15s PGH Lancs Cup match report
All quiet on the Preston front...
Preston GH U15 19 – 25 Sefton U15
Personally I blame Michael Fish. Ever since he patronised a viewer about hurricanes back in the 80s, meteorologists have tended to play it safe with forecasting. “Barbecue summer!” and “Polar blast!” the headlines exclaim, whilst in reality it just seems to rain a lot throughout the year.
It was on this background that today’s match was based. Blizzards for Liverpool and -8 wind chill in Preston! There was no chance this match was going to happen. Come Sunday morning, however, and there wasn’t a flake to see and the match was on.
Kick off was delayed until 2PM which led to a clash with the Merseyside derby. The coaching staff don’t know much about football. Matty “Who’s Jordan Henderson” Thomas knows more about crochet patterns than football and Lanky supports Man United...
The supporters were split red and blue. Thankfully it ended a draw so nobody was suicidal on the way back.
The kick off was further delayed for the arrival of an air ambulance to deal with an injured player. This was interesting to observe but somewhat perplexing as the air ambulance crew simply carried the injured player to a waiting more traditional motorised ambulance. Hopefully the injured player was ok. The air ambulance then took off backwards which was genuinely impressive.
Finally the match got underway. Preston have lost all their cup games this season but they didn’t play like a team who were bottom of the league. Things started well with an early try for Leo who ran to touch down an inch perfect kick from Nye. Preston subsequently had a lot of possession and it took 2 or 3 of our players at a time to haul down some very big opposition players. The main difference between the sides was in finishing and we took our opportunities when they came and Lucas doubled the lead with a well worked try.
Preston challenged to score during an enormously long “last play” and by this stage I was thinking about getting a room for the night as things were going on so late.
The second half started quite well for us and Dan D stormed over to make it 15-0. Unfortunately none of the conversions went over so the lead wasn’t that secure. Preston dominated the next 20 minutes and scored twice. Both were converted leaving us only 15-14 up. Lucas got a second to put us 20-14 up but shortly afterwards Preston scored again. This provoked exuberant celebrations from the Preston supporters. The conversion was missed to leave it 19-20 in the last 5 minutes. Sefton managed to see the game out and a last gasp try from Lucas gave him his hat trick and Sefton the points. Normally a hat trick would mean that Lucas has to buy a jug of beer afterwards. As he’s underage ,though he would have to go for a soft drink. I suggested Lucozade…
The winning score was met with retaliatory cheering from the Sefton support . This involved shouting the word “YES!” over and over again. It was all reminiscent with that scene in When Harry met Sally with Brian as Meg Ryan and a septuagenarian Prestonian as Billy Crystal. Yes, I understand that you may never be able get that image out of your mind.
So the game ended with a second Sefton win of the campaign. Our cup hopes remain just about intact, albeit dependant on others. The next cup game isn’t until February and there is plenty of work to do between now and then if we want to be competitive in the latter stages of the season.
As dark closed in on Preston after the game there was the added bonus of free pies. These were proper pies. The sort of pies that helped win the war. No chorizo or lattice cut pastry here. There were two choices – meat and potato or butter pie. The meat and potato should probably have been renamed potato and meat but it was hot and tasty. Butter pie was a novelty to me. Butter, onion and potato surrounded by a lard infused coffin of pastry. Not for the faint hearted.
That was the last match of 2017. There is training on Thursday with the potential option of a Lads v Dads game of touch. Bring your trainers if you’re interested!