Festival of fun at Fleetwood
By Peter Newman
4 well matched teams enjoyed the mini festival
Fleetwood, Blackburn and Garstang welcomed touring side, Ramsay to West Lancashire. Ramsay treated each team to their version of the Haka before each game.
First up for Blackburn was Ramsay and for most of the games was pretty even. Blackburn's rucking was excellent and the big lads, namely Rocco, Olly and Charlie came from deep making ground everytime. Blackburn created overlaps by tying in the Ramsay defence but were unable to capitalise. The backline was too flat and the passing inaccurate, allowing the cover defence to close the whippets down before they got into space. Ramsay made in roads into the Blackburn defence and some strong running from 2 Ramsay players culminated in 2 well taken tries.
Ramsay 2 -0 Blackburn.
Next up for the boys were our hosts, Fleetwood. The game started badly for Blackburn as a big Fleetwood lad ran through several attempts of high tackling to open the scoring. The Blackburn boys then sprung into action and Ben scoring 2 typical Ben tries, outpacing the defence to put Blackburn in the lead. Blackburn , thinking they would win easily, let Fleetwood in for 2 tries. A well worked move by the boys ended in Caleb scoring to level it with only minutes to go. Then as Fleetwood attacked, Blackburn turned over the ball on our own line and then decided to dither at the base of the ruck, the pass went loose and Fleetwood pounced to take the spoils.
Blackburn 3 - 4 Fleetwood
The final game was against Garstang who got the better of us at the Hoppers festival. Blackburn started well with Ben and Charlie scoring tries to put us 2-0 up. Garstang fought back to level it at 2-2. In a tense finish, the lads battled well and after several rucks, the ball was passed out to James who sidestepped the defence to score the winner.
A good final game capped an enjoyable morning at Fleetwood. Well done to the lads and thanks to Fleetwood for their hospitality.
Squad: Olly, Rheon, Taylor, Reuben, Charlie, .Ben, Alfie, Caleb, Obie, Bryn, Rocco, Noah