Saturday 1st September. The day that past wrongs were put to right, the day that Spencers army stood up and beat the MGM.
The threes assembled en-masse at 11am ahead of the 12.15 kick off to find the hallowed field of St Anthonys Road basking in sunlight. With the pre-match warm-up completed and the threes winning the toss the game started at a frenetic pace. The game began to calm down with the four dominating possession with their big ball carriers but the threes manfully making their tackles and using the ball cleverly when the chance arose. The deadlock was broken ten minutes in when the threes passed the ball from right to left and overloaded the blindside from a ruck out towards the lefthand touchline. Good hands from Andrew Melvin allowed Ross Green
to slip through a gap in the defence as the MGM ran out of number and Spencers Army found themselves 7-0 up.
The confidence from going ahead coursed through the threes and they quickly found themselves in an imposing 21-0 lead with tries coming from James OShea after good turnover work in the midfield and an electric run from Don Sweeting
. All three tries were converted by TFC (The Fat Controller) (Ross Green
Inevitably the fourths fought back and after a sustained attack on the threes line with some heroic last ditch tackling Mark Beckett
finally managed to power his way over. 21-5 at the break.
The second half started much like the first with the fours having plenty of possession. The threes found themselves camped in their own half and the pressure began to tell. Laurie Jenkins making it through to the line and Paul Jenkins also crossing over to bring the MGM within 2 points. The three’s were on the ropes and not sticking to the gameplan that served them so well in the first half. Gareth Owens
momentarily lost his mind, deciding to try a cross-field kick in his own five metres and Jimmy O’Shea deciding the best way to clear the ball was a chip and chase instead of booming the ball to safety. The momentum was clearly with the fours and the three’s were well and truly on the rack.
Then came the moment that changed the game back in favour of the threes. Mark ‘the hammer’ Handley caught Jenks senior late and a penalty was awarded. Cue Jenks’ second paddy of the day and inexplicably deciding to kick to the far touchline only to find Donald 'Usain' Sweeting on the right wing. DJ carried the ball up before side stepping Tom Ashcroft and chipping the ball over the full back to touch down in the right corner. Euphoria for the threes, pandemonium erupting in the watching crowd. DJ then rounded off a superb hat-trick after good work from Sam Blanchard
from a scrum got the flyer away again.
The fours got a consolation try with the last play of the game with Dave Raywood
crashing over from a 5 metre penalty. Final score The 3’s 33 the not quite so mighty green machine 26.
A rousing rendition of Spencers Call and the way everyone in the team stood up and was prepared to fight showed that the bond between the team has not weakened over the summer months and with this result in the bag there is plenty of early season promise. Sefton away up next.