Ormskirk v the Vandals: a game of two halves – despite the score!

Ormskirk 2nds 42 Fylde Vandals 10

The EPC had mustered seventeen Vandals for the trip to the outskirts of Merseyside. They arrived at Ormskirk RUFC with some of the young talent seen in previous weeks absent but Jack Worsley, James Freeman and Jack and Rob King were happy to bring the average age of the team down a little. The rest of the team was made up of a few late twenty somethings, several thirty somethings, a sprinkling of forty somethings and a good few pensioners on their weekly day trip out.

The wind, at gale force 9, was blowing straight into the Vandals faces in the first half and they subsequently found it hard to gain anything like good field position. With Ormskirk strong in the tackle and quick in attack the Vandals were soon several scores down and with all of the scores under or around the posts all four scores were complimented by their conversions.

Twenty-eight nil down at half time sounds like the Vandals didn’t play much of a part in first forty minutes but that’s where you’d be wrong; the Fylde boys had more than a few opportunities near Ormskirk’s line but couldn’t quite convert the pressure into points and most if not all of the home side’s tries were break away runs by speedsters who had a bit too much gas for the Vandal backline.

The second half was a definitely a different ball game with the Vandals forwards dominating up front and the backs looking dangerous with ball in hand. Jack King was the handful that he always is and the apparent nonagenarian Tony Rawlinson was tireless out wide on the right. In fact old man Rolo was on hand to finish of the Vandals first score after Jon Whitby had picked from the base of a scrum. The rest of the move was text book stuff really, draw the man and pass and the Salford Salsa King, Phil Swindells and Sean Whiteside did just that, giving Rolo the space to dive over the line.

The Vandals second try was cast from the same mould but just as Pete Acton thought he was getting the ball for the score, up popped Sean Whiteside who pinched the egg from the vexed vet and dotted it down for the five pointer. No matter how hard they worked, the Vandals couldn’t trouble the scorers for the rest of the game but with Ormskirk only adding fourteen points to their tally, the half was a much closer affair and there was a general feeling of forget the first half and concentrate on the many positives from the second stanza.

Thanks to the whole Vandals eighteen, which includes team handler Mark Worsley, who did their utmost for the team but James Freeman, Jack King, Rob King, Jack Worsley, Tony Rawlinson and Andy Burgess get most of the plaudits after strong individual performances and young Rob King, who was chosen as the Vandals MoM by Ormskirk, showed experience beyond his years as he schooled the Ormskirk MoM, their fullback, in the usual down a pint of Guinness competition after the game, nice one Rob. Finally congratulations to Ormskirk on the win, we wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

Next Saturday is another week off for the Vandals but on February 15th, yet another away day, this time to Lostock RUFC.

Click here for Rafael Laverde’s photos.

Fylde Vandals – Liam Sheedy, Jack Worsley, Rob King, Ali Atkinson (c), James Freeman, Richard Todd, Sam Watson, Jon Whitby, Phil Swindells, Sean Whiteside, Gary Andrews, Jack King, Andy Burgess, Tony Rawlinson, Pete Acton, Rafael Laverde, Damian King

Team management – The EPC
Team reporter – Phil Swindells
Team handler – Mark Worsley
Team photographer – Rafael Laverde

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