Thu 28 Nov 2019 14:01

Firwood Waterloo come up short against Wilmslow

Firwood Waterloo’s hopes of extending their five match winning sequence came to an abrupt halt away at Wilmslow, as they conceded six tries in a 34 – 6 loss.  

This was always set to be a tough fixture against a side that has only failed to take a try bonus point once this season and picked up a losing bonus point in both of their only losses.

Yet the boys in myrtle started confidently, as has become their custom, taking the game to Wilmslow.  They had good early spells of possession through keeping play close to the forwards.  This helped them to a 0 - 3 lead through the boot of the ever dependable Daragh O’Brien.

Wilmslow remained patient and inevitably worked their way into the game as their forwards established a platform for the backs to score.  They were very clinical in converting the few chances that were presented.  Their third try started from deep in their 22 when they kicked long for their winger to win the chase for the ball and to cross the whitewash.

Following a high tackle, the home side were reduced to 14 but ‘Loo were unable to properly capitalise as the home defence held firm.  A penalty from a deliberate knock on was their only score in this period, reducing the deficit to 14.

Wilmslow’s bonus point try came towards the end of the first half as their impressive backs engineered an overlap to score for a lead of 22 - 6.

In the second half the boys from Blundellsands again started with an attacking intent yet despite good periods of possession fail to add to their tally.  The forwards maintained pressure on the home defence but they lost possession through slips at vital moments.

Whilst there were good individual breaks from midfield notably by Captain Jack Weare, Daragh O’Brien and Kurt Riley, they made too unforced errors in their opponent’s 22.  They needed quicker ball to threaten the home side more consistently, although they did restrict them to two second half tries.

The large travelling contingent from Blundellsands witnessed an accomplished performance by the home side who continue to make a strong case for the automatic promotion place at the end of the season. 

After the match coach Stuart Turner was realistic in commenting, “Not a good day at the office for us.  We knew how good they can be and we needed to be on our top form to compete.  I thought we competed well in many phases of the game, but we needed to convert our chances.  Few sides will leave Kings Road with points this season.”

There is no fixture next week which will give the boys chance to reflect and recover as they prepare for the trip to the north Lakes on 7th December to face Keswick, who have only managed one win so far this season.

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