By Martin Lancaster
A resilient Didsbury side are finally ground down by a promising Sefton performance.
It’s a home game, what do you expect, the HGW’s were out in force. Surprisingly there was only one cry-off, and a call-up to the first team for Grant Leary. One training session and he is straight in, what dark secrets has he got that gives him such powers?
A strong start for Sefton gave them early dominance, creating space on the wing for Princess to go round the outside and through under the posts. Jay Evans added the conversion.
A strong scrummaging pack set a good base for the backs with a returning Steve Dwyer and Captain Mainwaring providing the front row muscle. Didsbury’s defence was commendable, with both Sefton’s forwards and backs trying to breach the line with no success, even with Carruthers sneaky step through the ruck. However Paul Latham eventually breaks the line, and goes over for a try.
Sefton at this point started to give away a number of penalties, and the loss of James Webster in the pack seemed to unsteady them. Didsbury capitalised on this by pulling back a try.
Further problems arrived when Jay Evans was sin banned for a high tackle, with Didsbury adding a further three points from a penalty kick.
With the game standing in balance, it could have gone either way at this point, with a penalty kick, missed by Didsbury providing a let-off for Sefton. Jonny Orr provided solidity at full back, and Princess stepped into fly-half to return a bit of order into Sefton’s game. A Princess kick downfield caught the Didsbury full back on the touch line where he was bundled out. From there a quick lineout caught Didsbury sleeping, and Paddy Walsh was able to race down the wing to score. Converted by Gorgeous.
In the second half Sefton continued to dominate in the forwards, and were awarded a penalty five metres from the oppositions line. A superb dummy run by Owen Collins sends the defence the wrong way, and Kiev Mainwaring was able to stroll in virtually unchallenged to score.
Another sin bin, this time for Matty Cunningham’s disagreement with an opposition player allowed Didsbury to get another try in the corner which brought them right back into the game.
--------- Kicking Update --------
I will not mention Jack Beckwith’s pathetic kick over the top, which he seemed to think was brilliant. This would normally be a feature article, but not this week. Instead I will talk about a setback. Now everyone knows my on-going battle to rein in Jay Evans kicking obsession, and I was hoping the constant reminders would cause an effect. Well unfortunately it took a serious blow this week. A kick that would normally land in a thankful opposition fullback’s hands, bobbled about and was not secured. Evans reached him quickly and again hacked it through, (instead of picking up). Amazingly the ball bounced precariously along the touch line, but didn’t go out, and instead trundle to a stop just inside the goal area. The footy mad stand-off was first to the ball, and dives over for a try.
All my hard work is undone, he will now use this one event to justify the use of his boot at every opportunity. The Gods are against me!
To dishearten Didsbury further, they received the ultimate spirit breaker. Whilst pressurising the Sefton line, a spilt ball is quickly snatched up by Sefton and passed out to Paul Latham. Now this heavy built centre/wing doesn’t look much of a sprinter, and looks slightly Amazonian, but he was deceptively quick for his size, and races away with the Didsbury backs in hot pursuit, but with little chance of catching him. His try was converted by Jay Evans.
A final try concluded Sefton’s ‘good day’ with Michael Caruthers taking the ball to the line. He could of gone over himself but unselfishly or stupidly passes the ball to Jay Evens who just had to drop to the floor for the try.
Another try was on offer with Owen Collins breaking the line with a player to beat. James Webster was in support, when Gorgeous cuts in front to take the ball. The two collide taking the same line and the ball is spilt. Now I can understand a scrum-half trying to take the glory, but you have to question Webster's core strength in allowing a feeble scrum to take the ball off him.
A great first win for Sefton, though battled hard by Didsbury who didn’t deserve to lose by so many. At times the game could have gone either way, but Sefton held their nerve, and were the last to blink. An excellent man of the match performance by Owen Collins, who was all over the pitch, making tackles and carrying the ball.
----- Other News ----
----- Princess’ Girlfriend’s Mexican Adventure --------
So I’ve just heard that Princess sHamling’s ‘girlfriend’ (I say that loosely because I don’t know what she gets out of the relationship), has gone off to Mexico without him. Now that is a relationship built on trust, for someone fighting well above his weight. Apparently she is having a great time, and reports say she has had her fair share of hot Mexicans. sHambling thinks this is strange, because she doesn’t usually like spicy food. She has also requested an extra jar of Savlon to be sent over, Princess says, “it must be really hot out there”. Arriba, arriba!
Next week the seconds are away at Knutsford, something tells me I don’t think it will be as easy a ride.