And the Saints Go Marching On

SOUTHPORT 0 – ANSELMIANS 53

Storm Arwen tried its best to intervene with fallen trees blocking access to many roads en route to Southport for the important challenge against “The Seasiders”. But, the storm that blew at Waterloo Road was the force 9 which Saints unleashed on a brave home team. 

For the opening ten minutes both sides worked the ball wide to examine their opponent’s defences but it was the Saints who were able to break through with a scrambled try wide right, touched down by full back Andy Cummings.

For the next 20 minutes the match was finely balanced until sustained pressure in the Southport red zone forced a yellow card offence close to the line to award Saints a penalty scrum 5 yards out from which Niall Cavanagh stretched to the line for Saints’ second try, converted by Dai Morley.

Saints had now gained an element of control over this contest and a well-worked blindside move sent Ewan Nolan, converted from 8 for this game, down his right wing before passing inside to Liam Sadler, in support, for a third try near the posts which was duly converted by Morley. And, just a few minutes later, the same No.8 pick up and blindside attack sent Nolan over for his own try on the right wing right on half time.

Half Time : 0-24

The second half was dominated by Saints whose superior size and strength over-powered brave Southport’s resistance. Saints added a sequence of tries by Cummings, Cavanagh (2), Morley and Ben Sadler, a late inclusion from the bench, to notch up another 25 points, plus 2 conversions by Cummings, to secure a convincing victory against very game opponents.

Full Time: 0-53

Southport
15 Addison Mann
14 Conor Rylands
13 James Bailey
12 Adam Wood
11 Thomas Peacock
10 Daniel Whalen
9 Joe Parkinson
1 Uate Caqeua
2 Calum Monaghan
3 Callum Tootle
4 Cameron Williams
5 Lewis Caldwell
6 Jordan Caldwell
7 Luke Fusco
8 Kristian Griffiths
Southport Subs
S1 Daniel Lovett
S2 Jack Cook
S3 Thomas Rowe

Anselmians
15 Andrew Cummings
14 Ewan Nolan
13 Thomas Banks
12 Ransford Otutaha
11 Adam Bramhall
10 David Morley
9 Liam Sadler
1 Stephen Brooks
2 Daniel Salisbury
3 Derek Salisbury
4 Niall Cavanagh
5 Jack Richards
6 Paul Sherlock
7 Thomas Gilbert
8 William Grabe
Anselmians Subs
S1 Jonathan Bonner
S2 Benjamin Sadler
S3 Fred Clark

Anselmians 1st XV’s next game is home against Tarleton on Saturday 4 December 2021 for a 2.15pm kick-off.

Image credit: Derek Salisbury Snr

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