Fylde Vandals 48 Sedgley Park 4ths 12
Last week versus Orrell 2nds the EPD was happy with a draw but there was also a tinge of disappointment as the chance of an important win passed the Vandals by, this week the manager was hoping to go one better and secure the team’s second victory of the season.
There were a few changes in the team, most notably the first outing of The Carlisle Cannonball’s new boots. The American football boots he’d been wearing for the last 6 years could take no more, although he later said that he couldn’t consign them to the bin and is going to have them mounted in glass case and put on display for posterity.
It was evident from the start that Sedgley were going to try and dominate up front with their massive pack. The scrums only went one way but the Vandals forwards took good ball from the lineouts and set up some tremendous rolling mauls, gaining plenty of metres throughout the game. Once the ball came out to the backs, the Vandals showed where their strengths were on the day. There were some quality breaks made with players offering good support. Consequently there were a number of really eye catching tries scored.
Phil Swindells bagged a 1st half brace and Ben James scored the first of his two of the afternoon, Richard Openshaw added a couple of kicks and the half finished 19-7 to the home side. The second half began with Sedgley scoring their second try but as it turned out this was the last time they were to trouble the scorers. The Vandals had plenty more to offer though as Ben James got his second, Gary Andrews used his new footwear to good effect as he scored a nice 5 pointer, Toby Fulford-Brown from the wing finished off two nice moves in the same corner and last and certainly not least Jon Whitby went under the sticks for the last try of the day. Sean Whiteside took on the kicking duties and duly slotted two conversions. The final score ended up 48-12 to the Vandals.
This was well deserved victory with some good solid rugby on display but with also some good off the cuff stuff too. Quick penalties and lineouts proved very successful for the Vandals with the full squad entering into the spirit of it. Sedgley Park worked tirelessly through the game and had their moments. We thank them for the game and look forward to the return fixture later in the season. Thanks to those who stood in fairly rubbish conditions to watch and a final huge thanks goes to the players for putting in a tremendous performance in what was a hugely enjoyable game to be involved in.
No game next week as the cup run ended in the first round a couple of weeks ago so I’ll see you all for league game against Thornton/Cleveleys 2nds on the 21st October.
The team was: Stuart Livesey, Chris Cardwell, Damian King, Ali Atkinson, Tom Godfrey, Jon Whitby, Richard Mason(c), Ben James, Ethan Harvey, Phil Swindells, Cecil Holland, Tony Rawlinson, Pete Acton, Sean Townsend, Richard Openshaw, Paul Crouch, Toby Fulford-Brown, Sean Whiteside, Gary Andrews, Stefan Kuhn
Playing EPD: Sean Townsend
Report: Phil Swindells
Photos: Sarah Swindells