FYLDE SARACENS 54-0 NORTHWICH 2nds
The Sarries welcomed the visit of Northwich to The Woodlands on Saturday. The team were very much excited for this fixture as they were looking for revenge for their unfortunate last second defeat in the cup only a few weeks prior.
The management had assembled a likely bunch of lads who were wanting to playing fast and free flowing rugby, but alas, as three teams were at home, The Sarries were relegated to the small pitch and therefore the game plan had to be changed to a more compact and direct style. (Which I think actually benefited the team)
The Sarries received the kick off and within the first few phases were on the scoreboard. After excellent recycling from the forwards, Jamie Griffin was put in on the blind side and galloped in for the score. Reedy added the extras 7-0.
The Sarries continued to find their rhythm very quickly and proceeded to score another three quick tries. The first was another try down the blind by Jamie Griffin, hurtling half the pitch and beating the last two defenders with some meaty hand offs. The second try came from excellent defence pressure from the Sarries. Northwich were in control of the ball until the 10 dawdled with it a little too long, allowing Karl Etherington to come flying through and put in a crunching tackle, knocking the ball lose and allowing Tom Hodgkins to scoop it up and score underneath the sticks.
The 3rd quick try came from again excellent work by the forwards. I lovely catch and drive from the line-out saw them march Northwich back from the 22 and Jamie Griffin was able to control and go over for his hat trick. Reedy was able to make all the extras 28-0
For the next 10 minutes, Northwich started to apply pressure and following a series of penalties, the Sarries found themselves on their own try line. Excellent defence from Richard Appleyard and Jay Harrison made sure that no points were conceded and another turn over at a ruck by Luke Clitheroe put the Sarries back in possession. From the resulting turnover, the ball was played to Karl Etherington who ran a hard line and took out the majority of the Northwich defence, this created space for Tom Hodgkins to break through the gaps and score again under the posts. Reedy with the extras 35-0.
The remainder of the half was a scrappy affair and both sides had chances to put points on the board. The Sarries were unlucky not to score in this period through Kyle Macaulay, Gav Kelly and Oggie who all made excellent breaks through midfield, they just didn’t have the legs. A try before the end of the half eventually did come for the Sarries and it was through Karl Etherington, who smashed over under the sticks. Reedy with the conversion 42-0.
Half time came and Captain Fantastic Reedy, praised his troops for the 1st half performance but reminded them the game was far from over, there was 40 minutes of rugby and they need to continue the intensity.
From the resulting restart, The Sarries carried out their captains orders and scored again within the first few phases. The Mighty Max Moore barrelled through the Northwich line and trundled from 40metres out to touchdown. Reedy with the extras 49-0.
The Sarries took their foot of the gas, and for the next 30 minutes the game became a stop start affair and a bit scrappy, so nothing to report. The final 10 minutes came back to life following an excellent tackle and turnover from Gav Kelly. The Sarries recycled and broke through young winger Oggie who gave it to Luke Clitheroe who could have scored if he didn’t decided to try and flatten the Northwich full back in the process! From the resulting ruck, Reedy was able to get the ball and put in a sumptuous cross field kick for Jack Jones to touch down. Reedy wasn’t able to make the conversion and missed out on his perfect game, 54-0.
Northwich had opportunities throughout the game to score, but the Sarries defence was dogged throughout and the whole team were determined to keep a clean sheet, and they did this through the most unlikely candidate ‘The Iceberg’ Alex Moffat. The last play of the game, the Northwich fly half made the break through the Sarries defence and looked odds on to score, but like the Titanic, the 10 didn’t see Alex Moffat appear and make the try saving tackle. The ball was knocked on and the final whistle blown. 54-0
This was a great team performance and the whole squad deserves praise for the shift they put in. We would like to thank Northwich – they were a great bunch of lads and they never stopped fighting. We look forward to meeting them again in the New Year.
MOM – Jamie Griffin; For his hat trick and continued leadership up front.
- Tom Fox 2. Richard Appleyard 3.Max Moore 4. Jimmy Lord 5. Mark Capstick 6. Tom Hodgkins 7. Luke Clitheroe 8. Jamie Griffin 9. Kyle Macaulay 10. David William Reed 11. Oggie 12. Karl Etherington 13. Gavin Kelly 14. Jack Andrew Jones 15. Iain Hollingsworth 16. Jay Harrison 17. Adam Hiles 18. Alex Moffat