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FIRWOOD WATERLOO 25 WILMSLOW 19

1 week ago By Andrea Davidson

by Geoff Lightfoot

Having completed 2017 with two consecutive wins away at Blackburn and home to Manchester and notwithstanding a frustrating postponement away to Carlisle, Firwood Waterloo began 2018 in eigth place in North One West.
The Christmas break had certainly not diminished the appetite as they made it three in a row seeing of the challenge of Wilmslow 25-19 at Blundellsands and now move into sixth spot.
"It was a win and we will take that for what it is but there were more points out there that we could have and perhaps should have taken," stated head coach Stuart Turner after the game. "We created enough chances to close the game down and at times we did play some good rugby but if we are to succeed as I side we need to be able to do that for the full eighty minutes."
"However to be fair, to compare where we where at the beginning of the season to where we are now we have improved and what we must do now is to make sure that continues through to the end of the season and beyond," he added.
Firwood Waterloo were first on the score sheet with a penalty from Tom Booth, unfortunately the outside half had to leave the field after just ten minutes which forced a re-organisation of the back line with scrum half Mick Dwyer taking over at stand off.
It had little detrimental effect as Firwood Waterloo increased their lead with a try from Luke Nelson on the back of a break by Jack Weir, Dwyer who had taken over kicking duties slotting the conversion.
Unfortunately Wilmslow came back with a try and a penalty try to take the lead before Dwyer
restored his side's fortunes with a penalty but a third try and conversion by the visitors afforded the Cheshire side a 13-19 advantage at the interval.
The second half however belonged to the home side. Pressure from the pack and with Lawrence Jenkins standing off, the lock powered his way over for Firwood Waterloo's second try, Dwyers conversion good for a one point lead.
With Firwood Waterloo now in control some forceful pick and go play created the opportunity for flanker Tommy Higham to cross for what proved to be the winner.
This Saturday Firwood Waterloo make the long trek into Cumbria to take on bottom of the table St.Benedicts who have just the one win to their credit so far this season.
"They may be bottom of the table but Cumbria is always difficult place to go and play rugby," Turner explained. "We will certainly not be taking this game lightly as a win is essential if we want to complete this season at least in the top half of the table."

Updated 15:25 - 8 Jan 2018 by Andrea Davidson

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