Raining Tries In Manchester
Four weeks ago the ‘Loo boys trooped along the M62 to Sedgley Park to play against a fired up team on a bog of a pitch
Four weeks ago the ‘Loo boys trooped along the M62 to Sedgley Park to play against a fired up team on a bog of a pitch, the boys squeaked a win on that day whilst missing several experienced players, potentially giving the developing Sedgley Park team confidence ahead of this important game.
The journey was repeated on a glorious morning to unfortunately find that the bowling green flat, wide and lush 1st XV pitch was required for the ‘minis’ so the Lancashire Cup semi-final was to take place on those muddy lower pitches...except mother nature and the groundsman had both intervened, the pitch was flat and grassy and the recent beautiful weather had dried the surface. There was to be no feeling this week of ‘after the lord mayors show’ as Coach Brookman had quietly exhorted his charges to put the frivolities of their trip to ‘lo Stivale’ behind them and ensure the season didn’t end on that particularly high (if physically draining) note.
The ‘Loo boys clearly wanted to play fast and free and despite the scare of a missed Sedge penalty they were soon ahead. Benedict footballed through to dot down and Jakob added the extras. I try to avoid referring to men of the match but the next scorer Alfie Mutch was both unplayable with ball in hand and destructive at the breakdown. His tackling and clear-outs were frightening and this was a dominating, thunderous performance. His first score was a burst onto a pass in the centre position, going over from 15 yards after great teamwork brought the ball right then left again.
There was a slight element of frustration as it was proving difficult to free the speed kings with clear ground ahead of them despite every effort to let the ball move through the hands, though each of the back three of Louis, Joe and Adam did score as the game opened up. Fraser had demonstrated balanced rugby skills all morning and was also rewarded with a try, spotting a gap and darting through before Alfie powered over again after several fantastic phases of passing, rucking and aggressive running. I have mentioned several of the usual suspects in this paragraph but I know they themselves will have appreciated the work rate and mobility of the pack on such a warm day....what’s that old saying about the backs only deciding the score, not the result?
Whilst Sedgley Park themselves may have gone slightly under the radar this season they have grown into a fine side, the full back remained assured under the high ball, the back rows were willing and there were several bullish runners, a good side who we will no doubt see more of next year.
But this was to be Waterloo’s day, full use was made of all substitutes (best wishes to Joe Mc who suffered an early Achilles/calf problem) and despite the continued absence of some top players the squad moves into the final of the Lancashire Cup on the 30th of April at Fylde, where the opponents will be our old friends Heaton Moor.