Trafford MV 15- 40 Fylde U13
An away trip to Manchester and to new opponents Trafford MV. A brief look at recent results and feedback from other coaches suggested that the boys from Fylde would be facing strong opposition.
A lively warm up and a close to full strength squad brought early selection headaches but the claret, white and gold started by moving the ball at every opportunity. Perhaps we caught our hosts cold as the strong running and tries of Godfrey, Tomlinson, and Stacey followed by smart support play from Thompson soon accumulated a 5 score cushion.
The backline including the likes of Greenwood, Rae and Henderson continued to look threatening especially with handling worthy of the potter’s wheel. This brought a smart fightback from TMV whose best player scored a very fine try. By this time some of the Fylde pack were found guilty of leaning on in rucks, a malaise of meandering to the break down and generally relying on their mates to do some work.
TMV came storming back in the second half and 3 or 4 of their most effective players took control of the game. Some much deserved tries brought the score back to 5- 3 and the hosts had the taste for it. Finally the Fylde pack realised the need to ruck and drive properly, rolling subs brought fresh legs and the counter-attacking of all the lads who played full back was posing defensive headaches.
Shaw, found loitering on the wing, got a trademark barging run going. Forwards such as Facey, Mihell, Foulds and Cowburn were finally reading their job description. Letting the ball do the work, Gut stormed down the wing to make it 6-3.
Some close charges from Murray and Senior and superb offloading from Amr saw McIntyre show an indecent turn of pace to barge over under the sticks. Then a perfect counter-attack saw a switch from the full-back and few well timed passes put Stacey flying in on the wing.
An impressive score line that did not reflect the way TMV controlled the middle third of the game. We wish them all the best for the rest of the season.
Report by Graeme McIntyre.