Burtonwood Bridge V Southport Storm (March 212015)
This week Southport Storm welcomed Burtonwood to Carr Lane in Tarleton only two weeks after narrowly losing to them in an away fixture. The match sponsor this week was Michael Winnard Gardening Services It was clear that this time Burtonwood had the majority of their first team squad playing as they did not have a fixture but the Storm did not complain and gave everything they had as they do every week.
Southport were caught out early on in the game with Burtonwood spreading the ball and utilising an overlap to score. Burtonwood continued to pile on the pressure and score further tries but despite the Storm defending bravely, the away side were too strong and well drilled. The home side kept the faith and continued to run hard and attack Burtonwood’s tryline, eventually the Storm were able to score a try in the corner through Jack Calvelly after he beat two defenders and dived over in the corner.
Burtonwood then scored two further tries to make the score 32-4 at half time. Southport regrouped at the interval and showed improvement early in the second half. Burtonwood continued to outplay the Storm with their skilful backs but the battle between the forwards was a good contest with the Storm’s big lads refusing to give up. Southport suffered several injuries and played the last quarter of the game without any substitutions unlike Burtonwood who had a squad of 23 players with them.
The Storm continued to work hard and after captain Dave Oliver was tackled a yard from the tryline Sam Collison went into ther dummy half position and crashed over the line to score Southport’s second try. This was a sign of the heart that the Storm players have and their willingness to work hard and battle against the odds.
Burtonwood again continued to show their skill and scored further tries and after the brave Jay McGregor finally had to leave the pitch after playing with a rib injury Southport were down to 12 men and were 62-8 down with under ten minutes to go. The Burtonwood coach told the referee that they would be willing to stop the game early as the contest was over and Southport did not have enough players due to injury but Oliver and his men declined this offer and showed that they will never give up. The Storm’s man of the match was James Mather who made his debut on the left wing and had a brilliant game.
Match Sponsor – Michael Winnard Gardening Services 07403348261 and James Mather was Man of the match.