Sefton second best
Curse of the slow start strikes again
Warrington have long been a team that we have had a competitive relationship with so it was some anticipation that we awaited their arrival at Thornhead Lane. Last time we played Warrington, the game had to be called of early due to a neck injury to Joel. Thankfully there was no lasting damage and he was well up for the challenge on this occasion.
We always knew that that a good start would be needed against such a strong team but unfortunately Sefton were very slow to get into the game. Warrington got the scoring underway within sixty seconds of the start with a flowing back move after possession had been secured by the forwards. Sefton had trouble dealing with the speed of the Warrington backs and before the half time whistle they had conceded a further two tries to give Warrington a daunting 0-19 lead at the interval.
It was a much sharper Sefton that emerged for the second half and Warrington were soon well aware that they had a game on their hands. Deacon opened the Sefton scoring, going over in a central position, giving Max the best possible chance of converting. No mistake was made, bringing the score back to 7-19. After a further period of pressure Michael slater scored his by now traditional try to bring Sefton within a converted try with a scoreline of 12-17. The final ten minutes saw Sefton banging away at the Warrington try line as the opposition rapidly tired. Unfortunately Sefton were not able to convert pressure into points and the final whistle saw Warrington take the honours with a 12-17 win.
To use the old cliché, it was a game of two halves. Sefton's slow start has been a problem that has cost a couple of games this season and highlights the need to be at the ground in good time for a thorough warm up. The second half produced a much stronger performance and I feel confident that if the game had gone on for another ten minutes Sefton would have come out on top.