Wirral bounce back with excellent display
Excellent game management see's Wirral beat a strong Bowden side 23-10
Wirral junior Colts returned to the Memorial ground for their second home game of the season against a familiar opposition in the form of Bowden. Games against the two sides have always been very close, with little to pick between the two. Wirral's team was nearly back to full strength and the only forward that needed to help the backs this week was Mr Utility himself, Austin Dalby who started on the wing.
Wirral started the stronger of the two sides and brilliant passages of play from the forwards gave Wirral good territory and for the first 15 minutes they found themselves camped in the Bowden half. However, strong defence from Bowden kept Wirral at bay. Wirral eventually found the breakthrough when Dan Taylor threw a nice dummy and broke through the Bowden defence to score under the posts. The try was converted to give Wirral a 7-0 lead.
In the previous two games, Wirral have at times been their own worst enemy and have given away easy territory by trying to play out of their own half and not clearing their lines; so it was great for the coaches to see today, the lads play smart and manage the game correctly by playing in the right areas. This was lead by the excellent Tom Akehurst at 9 as well as Will Morris and Dan Taylor at 15 and 10 respectively. This territory eventually lead to Wirral being awarded a penalty around 30 metres out which was excellently converted by Will Morris to give Wirral a 10-0 lead going into the Break.
The second half saw Bowden come out the blocks but strong defence kept them out. However a misplaced pass saw the ball drop to deck where Bowden were able to kick through to score out wide in the corner to narrow Wirral's lead to five points. Wirral did hit back through a excellently worked try from Rob Marsden to restore Wirral's ten point lead and a few minutes later another Will Morris penalty extended the lead to 18-5
By this point Wirral were really finding their structure and excellent play again saw Wirral camped up in Bowden's 22 were the pressure eventually told, when Alex Jump scored out wide to give Wirral a 23-5 lead. Credit to the Bowden lads however who kept up the pressure on the Wirral defensive line, and managed to score a try of their own after the Bowden winger showed a great bit of pace to score out wide. However Wirral were able to see out the rest of the game to hold out for a 23-10 win.
This was by far one of the best performances from this group of lads against very good opposition, although Wirral will look to be much more clinical with their chances going forward. Next week the Junior Colts make the journey up to Kirkby Lonsdale looking for their first away win of the season.