Tue 21 Jan 2020 10:37

Firwood Waterloo kept up their winning run with a comprehensive 12-41 away win at Vale of Lune.

by Harry Jones

On a crisp day, ‘Loo opened the scoring in Lancashire as Chris Cunningham broke through the line to pass to Luke Clifford who scored in-between the posts.  Daragh O’Brien, who impressed last week against Douglas added the conversion.  ‘Loo then went on to get the second try of the game to give themselves a 14-0 cushion.  Gabe Davies managed to evade everyone running from 10 yards out to score with a second conversion of the game also being scored.  The visitors then rounded off a very dominant first half after Vale found themselves not being bound on the scrum so ‘Loo were awarded a penalty kick which was converted by Daragh O’Brien to make the half time score Vale of Lune 0 Firwood Waterloo 17.

‘Loo started strongly again in the second half, with Lee Ferrier scoring a try under the posts with the conversion again being added.  There was then some drama on the field as an altercation broke out between the two sides.  ‘Loo went down to 13 men after Ward and Cunningham were each shown a yellow card.  Vale capitalised on this from a lineout to score their first try of the game with the conversion that followed.

Firwood Waterloo had to work hard to contain their hosts whilst down to 13 men, but when Ward and Cunningham returned from the sin bin they scored again.  This time a penalty to make the score 7-34.  ‘Loo then got their last try of the game through the impressive forward stalwart Liam Launders.  But there was still time for Vale to get an excellent try of their own after working the ball well down the wing.  The home side pushed for a losing bonus point but the final score was Vale of Lune 12 Firwood Waterloo 41.

The result means that ‘Loo have won their last three away games in a row and more impressively ten out of their last 11 games which has seen them rise up the table. They remain in third, one point off Wilmslow in second (but with a game in hand) and six off Burnage who are now top.

Coach Stuart Turner was delighted with the consistency shown by his side over the last few weeks.  “We have been building all season to these levels of performance through hard work in training and delivering on the pitch.  We can approach the last ten games of the season with real confidence”.  He added, “This is a highly competitive league with just ten points separating first from sixth.  It is all to play for.”

The boys in myrtle can enjoy a break next Saturday before returning to action in two weeks’ time at home to Birkenhead Park, when they will look to overturn the defeat at the Upper Park last October.

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