Nail biting game for Sparlings

Garstang Sparlings vs Southport
Garstang Sparlings vs Southport

Southport Ladies 17

Garstang Sparlings 17

Garstang Sparlings put in one of their finest performances to date on Sunday as they earned themselves a courageous draw against a Southport team who narrowly beat them at Hudson Park in October.

The Sparlings held off early Southport pressure with some resolute defensive work and their efforts were rewarded when Lauren Haworth made a smart interception and ran in unchallenged to score the opening try (0-5).

From the restart Southport applied some forward pressure and they were able to score a try of their own to level the scores up which would be a pattern for the afternoon (5-5).

Garstang were in no mood to lie down though and Lauren Haworth appeared to have scored her second try soon after but the referee harshly disallowed it for a double movement.

However, she wasn’t to be deterred and in the opening moments of the second half she did notch up her double following a Garstang turnover (5-10).

Southport came straight back at our Ladies and they took the lead for the first time when they scored a try which was converted. Before breath could be drawn Garstang were back in front as a Southport player tripped one of ours and a penalty try was awarded and this was followed by a rare conversion success (12-17).

By this stage nails were well and truly bitten and Southport levelled things again with their third try of the afternoon but, much to the relief of all concerned, the kick went wide (17-17).

That was the final score of the day and at the final whistle the team were delighted that they had earned themselves an excellent draw on the road.