Fri 06 Sep 2019 19:44

After last week’s comfortable win against opposition from one level below, Firwood Waterloo took on the challenge of facing Lymm from a level above.

The team travelled the 33 miles to the Crouchley Lane ground with last week’s words from coach Stuart Turner still fresh in their memories - “we will need to be more prepared and focused to face a side in the National Leagues”.

On a breezy and sunny afternoon, the squad competed very well in the first 30 minute period against a big Lymm side and it ended 7 – 5 to the home side.   In the second period, Firwood Waterloo continued to compete well and briefly led through another try, coming from strong work by the forwards, Daragh O’Brien adding the extras.  Other notable performances came from Dom Gosling and Alex Ward, and also from Tom Tindall, who played out of his usual position.

Coach Stuart Turner, who wanted to give everyone a run out felt that overall, the squad competed well.  “We scored two good tries to their first try that came from turnover ball and a run in from the half way line.  The windy conditions were not ideal for secure line outs and we will concentrate on this in training next week.”  Whilst recognising the physicality of the home side which showed in the third period, he recognised many positives from the game. 

Forwards’ coach Sean Fletcher added, “The lads know that we have a shape and even with mixing up the players it was pleasing to see how that was largely maintained throughout the game”.  Alex Ward, captain of the day remarked that the squad “showed a sharpness which is a credit to the new lads”.  He also recognised that further improvements can be made to the backs’ play.  

The final score line of 59 – 12 belies the great effort of the Firwood Waterloo squad.  “The game helped us to clarify our thinking about positions and players” commented an upbeat Turner, and with more experience of playing together he believes that his “best team is not too far away”.  His view was shared by loyal supporter Rob Cain who commented, “our strongest line up looks promising, scrum was strong and we have options in the backs”.

The 2019-20 season kicks off next Saturday, 7th September away at Penrith and the boys return the following week to The Memorial ground to take on Broughton Park. 

Report written with grateful contributions from Paul Weare and the travelling faithful.

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Your scribe also received the following helpful report from the Sherry Drinkers Appreciation section of Boozers Bank which just had to be included . . . priceless . . .

“After bully off, Firwood Waterloo took three wickets to Lymm’s 39 runs.  Lymm took the lead with a home run but Firwood Waterloo hit back with a snooker.

The game was being played at a fast and furious pace and Lymm were next to score with a basket direct from a short corner followed by a RBI.

Not to be outdone, Firwood Waterloo resumed their scoring with 2 par 3s and a set victory.

The second chukka started with a Lymm boundary, a field goal and an ace.

Firwood Waterloo fought back with a maximum break of 147 and an LBW.

The final score, Firwood Waterloo won by a nose.”

Such genius.  If others wish to contribute to the match reports, please email them to waterloomembership@gmail.com

 

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