When the going gets tough...
Further views from the Middle East...
Editor’s (Campo’s) Note:
Apologies once again, I am not allowed to extol the true virtues of the 3rd team. Once again, I had to travel great distances to play with the 2s, where we stand under our posts, mournfully staring at our boots.
Once again, Yacob has stepped up, and provided some good stuff:
SEFTON 27 - 45 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS
I think I speak on behalf of all of the third team elite, when I say... thank you Mr Michael Morgan. Thank you for finally putting us out of our misery. Thank you for getting us all out of the house on a Saturday with promises that our matches were 'winnable'. Thank you for the tireless effort you put into formulating tactics and team sheets for those Three games. You helped us all truly understand the meaning of being s**t. I'm sure we can all use that experience as a "How not to play" guide for the rest of our lives. So thank you.
So, if you haven't heard, Captain Morgan has finally stepped down. With today's game being his last as skipper. He waited outside the club before the game to personally greet his troops with the promise of "21 players... And no Campo..." yeah I was thinking what you are all thinking, 'sounds too good to be true.' But surprisingly, we did actually muster up a couple of subs.
So after Jacob and Gomez settled a shady looking deal in the back of the Welshman's Mercedes, only the match stood between ourselves and glory.
We started the game in classic third team fashion - conceding an early try. To which most outfits would feel disheartened by, something that would gnaw at them for the rest of the game, but young Jacob Thunder wasn't having any of it. The young star made a couple of breaks and kept pushing until he got his try and levelled the playing field.
But the game proved to be something that Jacob couldn't win on his own. Tries from Chris Mc, Lawrence, and the infamous JP certainly helped boost belief amongst the three's, but it simply wasn't enough. LHS's runners ran rings around us in most of the one on one situations, causing a bit of kafuffle during the post try period behind the posts
"He was your man!"
"Shut up you missed your man on the last try!" etc etc.
Also, playing with 14 men for 10 minutes proved costly for us, thanks to Jacob's mate Serge getting threw in the bin. He showed us all that stereotypical Russian Temper, attempting to tackle one of their players around the forehead, and then lashing out at the opposition in what appeared to be a Vodka-fuelled attempt at justification "How was that high!?"
Nonetheless, despite the score line and the missed tackles, we gave LSH a game. We had some very strong runners in the likes of Mikey, JP, Jacob and Brian, and we showed signs that we can build on our mistakes.
Man of the Match
I don't think anyone was surprised when Mikey made possibly the best decision of his captaincy, in awarding MOTM to Jacob Thunder. The youngster broke the LSH line time after time and made some big tackles.
Although it has to be said that Brian (John Snow), the young fullback who made his Sefton debut, had a cracking game, all that was missing from his performance was a try.
If I haven't featured Mikey Morgan enough in this report, then here's another showcase of his involvement.
Picture the scene. There's bout 5 minutes left on the clock. There's only a couple of tries in it. We can do this. We need an urgent bit of inspiration from our skipper. Wait, where is our skipper? Oh, he's lying facedown on the other side of the pitch.
Riddled with chronic "Hurty neck" he had to go. He left the pitch with all hopes of a comeback. The game was lost.
A glimmer of hope?
So, without it being officially announced, it looks like we have the deadly duo (Campo and Blandie) reassuming their positions as Captain and Vice (alternating to whichever one suits them on the day). Do with that information what you will. Celebrate it or mourn it, there's no correct way to go about it*
*The latter is the correct way
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