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Tuesday 12th February 2019 @ 13:49 by Mark Phillip

Lancashire/Cheshire Division One

Southport 17-44 Glossop

Glossop put in an industrious first half performance at Southport, which paved the way for a bonus point win to move them up to fourthplace in Lancashire / Cheshire Division 1. 

With a strong wind blowing straight downfield, Glossop won the toss and opted to play against the elements in the first 40 minutes, meaning Southport were able to exert plenty of pressure and test the visiting defence early on. Despite their best efforts, a missed penalty attempt was all the Seasiders had to show for a dominant opening ten minutes. 

In contrast, Glossop’s first visit into Southport territory proved fruitful, when a flowing backs move from a midfield scrum was moved to Greg Dyson on the wing. He looked inside to the supporting George Moran who opened the scoring. Tom Dearnaley added the conversion.

Southport came back at Glossop, and when they were awarded another penalty, their fly half Charlie Attis made no mistake. 3-7. 

The visitors were under the cosh and constantly found themselves on the wrong end of the referees whistle, but their gutsy defence was frustrating Southport, who struggled to create any clear chances. Another rare visit to the Southport ‘22 saw Glossop awarded a penalty. Dearnaley obliged to extend the lead to 3-10. 

Despite the high penalty count against the visitors, and the territorial dominance of Southport, the Hillmen fought hard to keep them at bay and turned around at half time 3 – 10, seven points to the good.

The second half was much more about Glossop. Dearnaley used the wind well to keep Southport pinned in their own half, and with much more possession, the visitors were able to score five further tries and a penalty. Southport were only able to muster up two tries in response.

Almost immediately from the kick off Glossop were awarded a penalty close to the half way line. With the wind behind him, Dearnaley had the accuracy and distance to add another three points. 

The next score was via a penalty try, when a dominant Glossop scrum forced the Southport pack to infringe when a try for Number 8 Tom Raine looked certain. 

That was soon followed up by Moran who claimed his second. A pin point cross field kick was well taken by Chris Sonczak on the wing, he was able to feed Moran who then beat the full back to stretch the lead to 3-25. 

Crowd favourite Benny Chadwick was next on the scoresheet after a close range assault on the Southport line had the defence on the back foot. After numerous phases through the forwards, Chadwick was able to force his way over from two yards. 

Southport responded well, and from the kick off launched and attack down the right wing. They moved the ball well through the hands to score a well-deserved try which was converted. 

On 68minutes, Stan Gibson found himself in the right place at the right time when he tidied up a loose ball on the right flank and crossed the line unopposed to make it 10-37 – the Hillmen were as good as home and dry. 

The biggest cheer of the day came five minutes from full time, when S.J.Wilkinson scored his second try in as many games. With Southport chasing the game, a midfield pass was intercepted by Wilkinson who strode home from thirty yards, in a scene not dissimilar to a giraffe galloping across the Serengeti plains. 

With the clock running down, there was still time for Southport to score a final conciliation try when they exploited some loose defence down the blind side to score a well worked try.

Full time 17-44, and a pleasing display from Glossop, taking another bonus point win and now looking forward to two home games back at Hargate Hill. 

By Josh Edwards

Picture by Alan Briggs