Under 7 Under 14 COACH Dale Milburn milburn@ad2020.fsnet.co.uk Mobile  07810 053316 TEAM MANAGER Martin Turner mcturner1@gmail.com Mobile 07823 771142 COACH Sean Mitchell smitchell@hss.com Mobile  07976 606457

A week in the Life of LSH’s U14s – 2 wins & 82 points scored!  (20th and 23rd April)

With no game last Sunday a fixture was arranged for Thursday night against Birkenhead Park, a team we last played in February when we came second, losing 33 -22. Birkenhead Park are in the Cheshire finals next Sunday and were looking for a stiff test and opted to play 4, 15 min quarters – it’s fair to say the test they found was possibly tougher than they anticipated.

The game had barely started when the ball was spun out wide allowing Ollie to hand off his would be tackler and to score in the corner. LSH’s second try came in a similar manner this time the ball spun out wide to Danny who ran it in from the half way line. Charlie added the conversion. As the 1st quarter ended LSH were 12- 0 up.

The 2nd quarter saw Park rally and ended 12-5 to LSH, the 3rd quarter saw Park out score LSH 2 tries to 1, with LSH’s try coming from Tom. The quarter ended 17-17.

It was all to play for in the final quarter and as Park’s coach said to his team ‘it’s about who wants it the most?’ A question we didn’t need to wait long for the answer to!

First of all Nathan crossed Park’s line to score and Charlie added the conversion, next it was Alfie’s turn taking the ball from a tap penalty in Park’s 22 he crossed the line carry half of the Park team with him!. LSH weren’t finished yet though a neat kick and chase by Danny saw him retrieve the kick to score under the posts. Charlie added the conversion and the game ended LSH 36 – Birkenhead Park 17

Some great tackling and ball skills.

That was Thursday so onto today.

We were off to the seaside, to a club we hadn’t played since the lads were in the u8’s. What a difference 6 years makes – to say they grow ‘em big in Fleetwood is an understatement! As the lads walked to the pitch they caught sight of their opposition and stopped dead. Matty even had to ask twice ‘is that them?’ With just 16 lads in the squad today and their coach’s comments about them winning more than they lose, I must admit I thought it may be a tough one!

Play our game, get the ball out wide and we’ll beat them for pace was the pre match instruction. The lads had been listening, as just like Thursday LSH got off to a great start spinning the ball out wide for Danny to score in the corner 0 – 5 LSH.

Fleetwood were to level the score with one of their big lads barging through – our first tackles weren’t counting, something the lads recognised and put right. Fleetwood were up quick in defence – too quick to be legal as the ref latter spotted (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the ‘Offside Ref’ cries from the LSH faithful on the side lines!

With a rush defence Cameron saw the opportunity and receiving his own chip over he scored under the posts. Charlie added the extra’s 5 – 12. Tom was next on the score sheet with what was to be the first of his 3 tries today, again Charlie added the extras. 5 – 19 LSH.

Fleetwood scored next to make it 10 – 19, with time running out in the first half and the ref playing penalty advantage to LSH, Tom opportunistically chipped the Fleetwood defence, gathered and scored. 10 – 24 at half time.

The second half saw the forwards basically say ‘whatever you backs can do we can do’ Seb was first to score with a try off the back of the scrum 5m out from Fleetwood’s line, 10 – 29.

With more LSH pressure Fleetwood were awarded a 22m drop out, a long distance clearance kick was fielded by Cameron who passed to Gazza, who popped the ball to Nathan out of the tackle, and Nathan made the hard yards down the pitch through Fleetwood’s defence. Nathan was eventually tackled 10m short but not before he popped the ball to Tom who completed his hat trick. 10 – 34.

Fleetwood one final score before LSH finished the game with 2 tries of their own – Cameron on a storming run down the left hand touchline to score in the corner, before gathering the resultant restart kick and offloading to Nathan, this time Nathan broke free on the halfway line and ran in to score under the posts. Matty added the conversion for the game to finish Fleetwood 17– 46 LSH.

A good week’s work! Well done everyone.

With the game forgotten talk in the car on the way home between Tom & Josh focussed on the need for a tour next season. With their sights set on Portugal, fundraising ideas were discussed - A tour committee is needed along with a programme of fundraising activity – Volunteers please.

Dale Milburn