Ladies fall short at Sefton

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Garstang travelled to Liverpool for a friendly fixture against a newly formed Sefton outfit.

With players unavailable, the squad were forced into a re-shuffle Aiofe O’Sullivan, in her last game for the club moved from full back to openside flanker, captain Helen Rowe moving into second row, Sarah Wrathall moved up to front row, Jess Ford followed family tradition by playing at 8 and Sarah Helme “willingly” stepped into the full back slot.

Garstang made good ground, showing aggression from the off. The game was played with the scrums uncontested on Seftons request, which was a big disadvantage to Garstang with the scrums being a solid area of their game.

The first try went to Sefton after some weak tackling by Garstang.

Within just a few minutes the side found themselves 12-0 down

After a stern talking to behind the post, the girls knew they had to switch on before they were on the end of a drubbing. Showing true resilience, the pack trundled the ball upfield, with another strong run up the middle from Kelsall, Dawson took on the Sefton pack, recycled they ball and Hindle popped to the onrushing Wrathall who powered her way over for a great try Dobson was unlucky with the conversion but it was the confidence boost Garstang needed and looked to build on this score. The scoreline at half time was 12-5.

The home side managed another two tries before Garstang had woken up.

The side forced two consecutive penalties from which Wrathall crashed the ball up, with the help of her forwards dived over the line for her second try of the game. Again Dobson pushed the conversion slightly adrift but the confidence was back and Garstang were fired up once more.

With time ticking away Garstang pushed for another score, with Jess Ford bulldozing her way through tackles, was held up over the line through fantastic committed defence.

But it was Sefton who found the last try of the game taking the score to 37-10.