TMV u13s 15 - 40 Fylde
By Greg Hawkins
After a mixed dat last Sunday, Wednesday saw an excellent training session and confidence that we would be back on form for our next Lancashire Cup game at home against a grand, old club Fylde.
We arrived at 10.30 for an 11.02 kick off. And Fylde were already out warming up. The last of our squad didn’t arrive until 10.50 and the ones there already looked like they’d had a hard night on Fortnight. Our coach, Stu, warned the boys they needed to be sharp and that Fylde had a reputation as quick starters.
All to no avail. We started slowly and got slower. Fylde were a tidy and well coached team. They had a couple of capable big lads but nothing we shouldn’t have been able to handle. But within 20 minutes they were 5 tries up.
Our front up tackling was poor and too many times we were watching rucks waiting for someone else to do the work. We received a glimmer of hope before half time when Fenton, one of the few lads who could hold their heads up high, scored a barnstormer.
Turning around at 25-5 down is not something we’re used to but we hit the second half with a bit more passion leading to Joe Barker scoring 2 exceptional tries in a man of the match performance.
But despite improvements we still fell off first up tackles and let in a further three tries leaving a final score of TMV 15 - 40 Fylde.
This was a chastening defeat - the biggest we have ever had. Too many of the boys were off the pace and failed to react.
There were some boys who were striving for the whole game - Fenton and Joe Buckley in particular- but we are now in danger of relegation from a pool we should have won.
Disappointing but it’s all about development and learning. We are so much better than our performance this week and I’m sure we will see that in our next league game in 7 days.
Fylde were a pleasure to host and said we were the toughest opponents they had faced this season to date.
We can and will do better. Roll on Liverpool Collegiate.