Act of God couldn’t save Sefton
After the injustice of the disallowed winning try in the home game, Sefton were hoping some luck would go their way in the return fixture.
As half the second team claimed they could only play a home game this week, Princess had his work cut out trying to persuade players to go away to Winnington Park.
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Wailing Wall category 9. All seemed bleak, tears were flowing, the Wailing Wall was in danger of being washed away. Then last minute he plucks three players out of nowhere. Gez Thomas, Blinds Steve and Jonny Orr suddenly became available, to save Princess from ending it all.
Of course Blind Steve, Luke Griffiths, and Bobby Cook all demanded to be picked up, using Sefton’s new door to door player delivery service. Apparently you can put an App on your phone, one click Princess will arrive. Blind Steve didn’t look in the best of states though, claiming he only had two drinks the night before. He was quickly prescribed a couple of cans of Special Brew to restore his blood/alcohol level.
A modest fifteen were recruited including Mark ‘away games only’ Dobie, who wasn’t happy that he would have to play a whole game. Captain for the day went to an enthusiastic Kiev Mainwaring, (that will soon be knocked out of him).
Sefton started well, for once Jay Evans’ incessant kicking was reaching the mark. Eventually, Winnington was given the ball though, and their quick backs shifted the ball to the wings. Campo’s virtual tackling repertoire was on full display, pulling all his moves off with grace and finesse without touching a single Winnington player. It was a true master class in air tackling. Not that it ended there, his virtual catching was just as good, as ball after ball bounced off his chest, and onto the floor.
Before Sefton knew it they were three tries down, due to spilled ball and poor tackling, which allowed the opposition to score in the corner.
Sefton eventually started playing sensibly and got some good field positions. A quick ball out to Cook and Keeling in the centres eventually reaches Josh Fowell on the wing, allowing him to attack. However, he was quickly closed down and the ball was ripped from his grasp, not dissimilar to taking candy from a baby. Before Sefton could react Winnington’s scrum half was off down the wing to score another try in the corner.
Sefton again put the pressure through their forwards, and this allowed them to get a number of lineout’s deep in the oppositions half. Luke Griffiths and Jay Dempsey worked well together in securing the lineout ball and then Jack Crone, Kiev Mainwaring and Mark Dobie took it in turns to drive the ball in. At one point Gez Thomas nearly got his head ripped off by an extremely high tackle (Luckily Gez’s anger issues were kept locked away). The ball was then shifted to the backs where Bobby Cook was able to bully his way over in the centres to score an unconverted try.
Half time was called, and shambling kept quiet, although you could tell he was itching to tell us to fan out in defence.
The second half started better with Sefton realising that the ball had to be kept tight in the forwards, with the constant pick and drive working well, even Campo managed to catch the occasional ball.
A lineout allowed Sefton to set the ball and the Jordanian experiment made a break only to be held up. Lancaster comes in and rips the ball, turning in the process, only for the defence to open up like Moses and the Red Sea. I can only surmise that the Jordanian has greater powers than we first suspected, raising his hands to the sky and parting the defence, allowing Lancaster to step through like the Israelites and dive over the line for a glorious, biblical try. The two steps and dive was probably a bit much, but Pistol Pete taught me well.
Empowered by the miracle, Sefton push for another try knowing God was on their side. However, it was not to be, with Sefton unable to penetrate Winnington’s try line. A try against the run of play by the opposition proceeded, stretching their lead further.
The final quarter of the game was all Sefton though, and Jonny Orr got a little bit frustrated with Winnington slowing the ball down. At one point tap dancing on one player who was lying over the ball. He may need to go to anger management sessions with Gez Thomas.
With Sefton pushing them back onto their try line, Winnington couldn’t get out of their twenty-two, with the Jordanian pulling off a crunching tackle to prevent them escaping. Eventually they tried to kick the ball clear, only for Jay Evans to charge down the kick. Bobby Cook was the first to the ball and was able to gather it up and dive over the line for a try.
It was a good competitive game, but Sefton again allowed the opposition to gain a substantial lead before starting to play. Man of the Match could of gone to a number of players, Jack Crone provided a lot of forward momentum, and could be forgiven his occasional walk, and Mark Dobie lasted the whole game. However in his indecisiveness Princess yet again gave a joint award. The Jordanian Experiment and Jonny Orr both got the plaudits for their all round game in attack and defence, although it must be mentioned, neither got a try.
Next week the seconds are at home to Chester, I have no doubt Princess sHambling will have no problem raising a side for a home match. Of course Princess in selection will have to decide if anyone wants to see Campo's virtual rugby, or if Dobie can be persuaded to play a home game.
Off now to steal Josh’s sweets, with such a weak grip and no idea how to hold onto his possessions, he is obviously an only child.