The Fylde Hawks travelled to Sedgley Park for the second Saturday on the road, this time for a knock out game in the Robinson’s Brewery Cup competition. Sedge 2nds always field a strong team for the Cup competition and their squad had clearly been added to since the Hawks 43 – 5 win over them the previous week in the Halbro North West Premier League fixture.
The Hawks started the game strongly and within the first minute were awarded a penalty which Reed opted to kick. Score 0 – 3. In the 5th minute Reed, keen to add to his debut tally, crossed the try line and successfully converted the kick. Score 0 – 10. Sedge then spent the next 8 + minutes in the Hawks half, being patient with phase after phase been played and with a slight slope to their advantage. There hard work resulted in a successful converted try. Score 7 – 10.
Sedge’s game play was clearly to use their bulky forwards to drive the ball down the middle of the pitch and they were now growing in confidence, aided by the Hawks poor tackling! In the 22nd minute, Sedge scored a try but this was not converted. Score 12 – 10
The Hawks responded through an Ashcroft try to make the score 12 – 15. However, the Hawks continued to make tackling and handling errors across the pitch. In the 35th minute, Sedge crossed the white line to make the half time score 17 – 15.
Half Time 17 – 15
During the half time break, it was clear that the team felt our performance was way of the mark but still felt we had a chance to win the game, despite poor tackling and handling.
The game continued to be a very tight affair until Wilkinson scored the first try of the second half in the 55th minute. Score 17 – 20. Not surprisingly, Sedge responded through their forwards, in front of the Fylde posts, with a try that was successfully converted on the 59th minute. Score 24 – 20.
After some pressure on the Sedge defence, Torkington eventually crossed the try line in the 66th minute to make the score 24 – 25.
With 8 minutes remaining, Foster crossed the white line, only for the referee to disallow the try. Jones and one of the Sedge players were yellow carded for having different opinions as to what happened! The Hawks continued to push and prod the Sedge defence in their 22. After Sedge turned over the ball and tried to run it out, Botha was yellow carded as the player slipped and turned as he tackled him, resulting in the Sedge player’s feet being almost vertical. The Hawks were now a man down compared to Sedge.
Sedge made haste with the restart and in the last minute were awarded a penalty. Sedge opted to kick for the post, which was successful. Score 27 – 25.
The Hawks restarted the game by kicking the ball down field, as Sedge players walked back; however, the referee pulled the restart back as he was not made aware we were having a quick restart.
Final Score 27 – 25
Overall this was a disappointing performance by the Hawks who made too many handling and tackling errors, despite being in a closely contested game. Man of the Match was Steer, for his physicality throughout the match.
Good luck to Sedge 2nds on your Cup run. They clearly wanted and earned the win.
Team: Wild, Wilkinson, Ashcroft, Atkinson, Steer, Smith, Clitheroe, Torkington, Macaulay, Reed, Foster, Whitehead, Botha, Pattison, Jones, Whalley-Hunter, Stainer, Fisher.
Crew: Pearson (Manager), Orwin (Coach), Parkinson (Video)