By Mike Malley
A Blustery Beating
Thanks to Wingman for the following report on the Greens -
A fourteen man green team ran out on a very windy Sunday morning against an equal numbered, but suspiciously strong, Fylde side. Unfortunately for the lads we came away comprehensively beaten, but although the final score was depressing they put in a commendable performance against well drilled and powerful opposition.
This was only the second time this season that this particular line up have played together and at times our lack of cohesion really showed. There were far too much lost possession at the ruck where Fylde kept on stealing what should have been safe ball, and the communication when we did run the ball could have been better, leading to missed opportunities which might have led to a score.
The wind, blowing strongly across the width of the pitch throughout the match didn’t help, but we didn’t use it to our advantage when we could have – fortunately, neither did our opponents – both teams preferring to keep the ball in had when a kick might have been the sensible option.
The game started strongly with Fylde driving forward from the kick off but held back by some fierce defending. What possession we has was cycled through the forward and it looked like we would be able to keep our opponents under control. Unfortunately a penalty to them after about 15 minutes gave them a lineout well into our half and in the resulting defence of their attach we knocked on, giving Fylde a scrum on the 10 yards line which they used as a platform to score their first in the corner. No conversion.
From then on they spent too much time in our half and we didn’t help ourselves by gifting them the ball far too often. When they did scent an opportunity they had some strong runners in their backs who were difficult to stop when given space. Their second try cam when they gathered a drifting kick passing the ball quickly around to score under the posts – indicative of the conditions they missed the conversion! A third came just before the break, again from a stolen ball, this time converted. Half time score 0 -17 to the visitors
The second half was unfortunately more of the same. We defended well, drove the ball forward in the rucks ….. and then lost it. Fylde were just too strong for us in the loose, driving our lads off the ball and then staying on their feet to move it to their backs. Before long they had added 3 more tries, 2 converted. Despite this we kept on trying and there were a couple of passage of play where the backs made serious headway towards their try line without success. The last play of the match, after another unconverted try form Fylde even saw Kane over the line but it was adjudged to be held up, denying us the consolation try. Final result 0 – 41.
The positives that did come out of the match was our use of the pick and go in the loose to drive the ball forward, with Sam W, Sean, Kane and Rhys all making good yards, and the general level of defence across the park. This was one of the first times when it seemed that everyone was making an effort and although we couldn’t stop their runners when they did break through, it wasn’t through lack of trying. Now, if only we can learn to hang on to the ball when we have it….!
Thanks to Fylde for visiting and to Conrad for ref-ing at late notice