Fylde 24 Aspatria 0 (abandoned after 55 minutes)

A mixed Fylde Hawks and Saracens squad entertained old friends Aspatria at the Woodlands to help preparations ahead of the North West 2017-18 league fixtures which begin on 2nd September. Former Fylde favourite, Mike Scott, the Cumbrian’s Head Coach, made a welcome return to the Woodlands, although as it transpired not a very happy one.

Sadly, the game was dominated by injuries to two of the Black Reds players. Scrum-half Jack Clegg suffered a broken arm in the 30th minute. This was followed by a head injury to lock Mark Beverley in the 55th minute. The referee abandoned the game at this point. Both players were taken to the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, with Mark kept in overnight for observation. Everyone at Fylde sends their best wishes to both players for speedy recoveries.

Aside from these sad events, the Fylde squad put in a fine performance. Hawks Head Coach Dan Orwin said: “It was an outstanding team effort. I said to the players before the game that the result was not important and that the main objectives were to get some much needed game time, and to try to keep the tempo of the game high.
“The boys did very well and kept a big Aspatria park moving around the pitch all afternoon. We managed many turnovers and finished our chances to score in the wide channels.”
Fylde’s tries were scored by centre Sam Patterson, flanker Tom Steer, winger Tom Perrin and full back John Taylor. Fly-half Ellis Whorlton-Jones kicked two conversions.