MGM 0 - Prenton Academicals 63
Beware the tyranny of youth.
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MGM 0 – Prenton Academicals 63
After a winning start to the season Benno’s brave boys came down to earth with a bit of a bump this afternoon as they came comprehensively second to high-flying Prenton Academicals.
Made up exclusively of Chester College students, the bald truth is that the Machine struggled to live with the pace of their visitors today. Even bolstered with a couple of second team boys, and friends from St Mary’s, the MGM was outgunned.
The first 15 minutes were particularly torrid, as Prenton ran in four tries in quick succession.
But there were positives and for the rest of the half the MGM played to its strengths, keeping the ball close to the scrummage, picking and driving and taking the game to their younger, more athletic visitors.
The fact remains, however, that this was always going to be a damage limitation exercise. And in those terms, the day wasn’t entirely wasted. The MGM dug in and scrapped all game, coming close to scoring a couple of times in the first half without actually getting over the line, and staunching the bleeding, if not completely closing the wound.
A special mention should go to debutant Kyle, a big, bubbling broth of a boy, 18 years old and full of fire and brimstone.
After a steady first half, having not played for a couple of years, he threw the shackles off in the second half and buoyed the Machine’s spirits with a couple of massively destructive carries.
Twice Prenton’s big ginger prop forward lined him up for the big hit and twice he was left disorientated on the green sward of Hall Road. Hats off big man, we’ll no doubt see a few more of those this season.
So, some days you’re the hammer, some days you’re the nail. If they carry on like this, Prenton will win the league at a canter and disappear up the league structure, with a fresh crop of students next year.
And the MGM will keep on doing what it does, this great thing of ours, bringing together the young and the old and playing the game as it should be played. Because days like today happen and the key is not to dwell on them, as there will always be other Saturdays.
Fortunately, next week the Machine has the Southport beer train trip to look forward to. So all aboard for a tour in a day, against a proper rugby team. Vive le Machine. Choo choo!