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Hoylake U15 5- 56 Sefton U15
A trip across the water without any Thomas representation offered a second chance for Lanky to take the helm. This time the opposition was Hoylake who we had defeated heavily at home earlier in the season. When we got there the place was deserted and for a minute it looked like we were the victims of an elaborate hoax. The smell of frying bacon, however, confirmed that there was indeed a game to be played.
Hoylake is one of the smarter Wirral addresses but for reasons, which aren’t clear to me, the ground is incongruously positioned in an industrial estate. It is also subject to icy blasts of Baltic air. The picture windows in the clubhouse are more of an essential than a luxury.
Hoylake appeared to be a little stronger when we played them at Sefton and we were missing a few key players. This gave the opportunity for other players to stand out and for Seb to further his captaincy skills.
There was also the option for Lanky to try his “good cop” approach to coaching which was as effective as Matty’s more traditional “bad cop” routine, in that the services of a professional cat herder would have been very helpful.
The one disappointment was that Lanky declined to wear the high cut shorts traditionally associated with being the head coach and we should probably look at raising some funds for a pair at the clairvoyant evening.
A sluggish Sefton start seemed inevitable but Ruari scored with our first attack and that stage I feared for Hoylake. However, we soon got sucked into an inexplicably messy contest in our own half. Little rugby was played for about 10 minutes, in scenes resembling the Hunger Games. Eventually, however, we regained some structure and discipline and scored 10 tries in total with further tries for Leo, Lucas, Tom F (2), Will, Dan and a second half hat trick for Oli. It was nice to see our wingers score so many of the tries showing that we had were regularly getting the ball along the back line. Oli’s hat trick merits particular mention. Having spurned a try scoring opportunity in the first half he wasn’t put off and gave by far his best performance in Sefton shirt with 3 well taken tries and earned my man of the match recommendation.
It was a decent performance and the reward was some of the best chips on the Wirral. Unfortunately, Jack injured his knee and spent most of the day in A&E and has added to a growing injury list, just when we need to have as strong a squad as possible.
Next Lancashire Cup match is on the 11th of February with the quarter finals, of all the competitions, scheduled for the 25th of that month. In between, there’s the clairvoyant night where hopefully they’ll be able to tell us whether or not we’re going to win anything this season…