Windermere (10) v Hawcoat Park (22)
Saturday 5th October, 2019
After a gap of a few years now the maroon and whites travelled to picturesque Dawes Meadows to renew league rugby rivalries with good friends Windermere. Whilst we managed to maintain our unbeaten start to the season we were pushed all the way by a big physical workmanlike Windermere side. With scrum half Jack Shannon about to turn 21 a full bus of family, friends and club stalwarts filled the bus creating a good atmosphere and a good day was enjoyed by all celebrating both his birthday and the win.
The game could not have started any better for us in the opening minutes full back Lewis Sayle fielded a long clearance kick in his own half, running over to the right hand side of the pitch he spotted space in behind the Windermere defensive line. Kicking into this space turned into a perfect cross kick for winger Benji Platt to run onto at space and do well to beat the cover to touch down in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed 0 – 5.
The game then settled down and the next fifteen minute spell was a close arm wrestle as both teams tested each other out both up front and across the pitch as both fly halves attempted to run the ball at every opportunity. With a close contest taking place mid way through the half impressive debutant at fly half Brad Marwood took the opportunity to boot over a 35 metre goal to extend our lead, 0 – 8.
At this point prop Scott Dobbie who had made a good start to the game with his strong running hard to leave the pitch to be replaced by another debutant young Like Light who had showed up well right through our junior section. Jack Sutherland was another who was making good ground with his strong running and our pack was enjoying a good contest with their Windermere counterparts.
Towards the end of the half had a good spell of pressure and when moving the ball out wide their backs found themselves in plenty of space to free up their winger to touch down in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed, half time 5 – 8.
The second half continued in the same vain with neither team dominating play for a sustained spell and the big crowd enjoying a good close contest. Winger Glenn Kaighan looked to have scored but was judged to have put a foot in touch first by the linesman and we gave away a penalty for them disputing the decision.
Midway through the half Windermere had their own good spell of pressure. Our defence had to be top notch to keep them out. The usual suspects Adam Grainger, Andy Kent and Brad Morrow put their hands up and led from the front. Eventually Windermere took the lead for the first and only time in the game. It came from a line out close to our line but from our throw in. From what looked to be a clean take the ball came loose and the Windermere hooker was the quickest to react and scoop up the ball to score from close range in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed, 10 – 8.
Showing a competitive determination we came right back and had our own strong spell. Twenty five minutes into the half we regained the lead. The outstanding back row of Mike Lightfoot, Callum Ramsay and Alfie White were to the fore. Lightfoot took a clean line out ball, the pack were quickly up in support, driving the ball forward it was Ramsay who got his hands on the ball last to force his way over with the help of Jack Sutherland and John Donnan, 10 – 15.
As Windermere looked to stretch the ball out wide it took a great cover tackle by Jase Milby to prevent a counter attack.
Fly half Marwood was managing the game well with clever positioned kicking and bringing strong running centre skipper Chris Burns and Will Coles into the game well.
Near the end it was Marwood who stretched the travelling players and supporters nerves creating the third try. Spotting a gap behind the Windermere defensive line he kicked through under the posts and chased his own kick. With the benefit of cameras and TMO we would certainly have had to make use of the same to confirm Marwood had won the chase to the ball when the try was awarded. The ref was later to confirm he had in fact awarded the try as a penalty try. Final score 10 – 22.