MGM 24 - Hoylake 43
Fright for the league leaders
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Some days, not many I’ll admit, you wonder why Hall Road never became one of the great Victorian resorts.
And today was one of those days, as the MGM welcomed league leaders to the Fortress. With not even a breath of air, if anything, it was too warm today.
And the machine, even in the absence of skipper Dave “Dave” Bentham, rose to the challenge, and even with just 15 men, made life hellishly difficult for their visitors.
Hoylake arrived top of the table but without many recent games under their belt. And they started pretty well, running hard, breaking tackles and throwing their weight about.
But the machine was not overawed and very quickly adjusted to the Hoylake attack, pulling players from the breakdown and spreading out across the field.
Once the attacking threat had been neutralised, the MGM went at their visitors. Joe Spencer cut a great inside line from a tap penalty, to smash over on the right hand side.
Then big Pete Keown took a short ball on the left of the posts, broke the first tackle, and showed a blistering turn of pace to tie the scores.
Hoylake came back, attacking from depth, to regain the lead, before Joe Spencer, marshalled well by Josh Goodall, again smashed over from a penalty.
At half time it looked like the 15 men MGM’s to win, and shortly after battle was rejoined, scrum half Joe White capped a fine game with a well-taken try in the corner.
Sadly, the MGM’s lack of numbers then started to show, and their visitors scored three tries, all started by their backs running from deep, to take the game away from their hosts.
The game degenerated from this point, with a yellow for Joe Spencer for a late tackle – it looked like he got there as quickly as he could – and then a brief spell of fisticuffs.
So the MGM lost by a few late tries. But who really cares?
Represented by just 15 men, the Machine ran the league leaders close but couldn’t quite finish it off.
Your scribe, for one, was hugely impressed by the young men of the Machine. We may have lost but we gave the league leaders a massive fright and on another day, might have won.
Vive la jeunesse. Vive la Machine.