Stating “Spring had Sprung” in the last match report may have been a little premature! The weather at Bury was more reminiscent of Winter than Spring as a bitterly cold wind whistled across the open fields. We were also still in the middle of the Easter holidays and when added to those that were ill the squad was down to a measly 4 players. Bury in comparison, also affected by the similar holidays/illness losing 9 of their squad, were still able to field 3 teams with subs. Impressive numbers!
We have had no games on the previous two Sundays (water logged pitch at Leigh and Easter Sunday) and so I was expecting a little rustiness. The team of 4, Max, Michael, Peggy and Sandy took to the field to compete in not 1, 2 or 3 but 4 games.
The predicted rustiness came to the fore! The defensive line was not at its best and the tagging was none existent. The strong running was still there though demonstrated by powerful runs from Sandy, jinky sidesteps from Michael and fantastic tag evading hip flicks from Peggy. There was also excellent attacking support play with Max constantly being in the right place at the right time to take the pop ball.
The tagging was the telling factor in this game and by my calculation we lost the match 7-5
The final game saw a little tiredness creep in. The tagging and defensive effort started to dwindle off. The attacking prowess however did not. In a try for try, blow for blow game a draw was the inevitable result, 4-4
STAR OF THE WEEK. All four players were extremely close this week and it is a difficult call. My choice is Max. His all round game has improved, his positioning in support throughout all 4 games was exceptional and has a fantastic attitude to rugby. Well done!
Next week, due to the Manchester marathon, the away game has been cancelled and instead it will be a training session, usual time of 10:30 at Gorton Street.
For the next three Wednesdays, 23rd, 30th April and 6th May we will be holding training sessions for the U7s. The sessions will start at 18:30 and run for an hour or so!