Ruthless Wirral despatch New Brighton in derby win
A clinical Wirral performance saw them comfortably beat New Brighton but the win was marred by a serious looking injury to a New Brighton player.
Wirral Junior Colts returned to league action with a home game against local neighbors New Brighton. Wirral had a squad of 17 players with some players still suffering from injuries, however it was good to see Tom Akehurst return from recent illness. This meant Wirral had to juggle players around with Max Smith again showing his versatility as a back row player by starting on the wing, Tom Owens debutised in the back row and Archie Manger was a welcome return at fly half which allowed Dan Taylor and Rob Marsden to resume their centre partnership.
Wirral started very strong and with the forwards getting straight into their patterns, it opened up a lot of space for the Wirral backs to exploit, with Archie Manger spreading the ball nicely to create overlaps to run in some quality tries. In defence Wirral stood strong with some textbook tackling from Tom Owens whose tackle count must have been through the roof. New Brighton to their credit, were able to keep hold of the ball very well, and factor in some ill-discipline from the Wirral side they were able to muster up a score of their own.
Other standout performances from the Wirral side include George McCann who made some powerful runs to run in some scores of his own. Alex Jump also continues to impress this season with another solid performance. It was also great to see the whole Wirral front Row complete a full 70 minutes proving the fitness of the whole squad. The game finished on a sour note when a New Brighton player appeared to seriously injure himself with a few minutes remaining, we wish the player well in his recovery and hope it isn't as bad as first thought!
Next week Wirral travel to Sedgley Park in what will be another tough encounter, a win will see them continue the pressure on Widnes who prior to todays matches are still unbeaten in the league. The Wirral coaching staff will hope to see some players return from injuries and unavailability to give the squad a boost in numbers.