Sat 8 Oct 2016
8th October 2016. All local rugby fans were eagerly anticipating this huge rugby match with the whole town talking about it and the game expected to be a sell-out. The scene was set for a classic Grand Occasion. And somebody said there was a game near Manchester as well that day.
Captain Sam set a fine team example by being the only player NOT to be wearing Aspull socks, but it wasn't Sam’s fault it was everybody else’s. Just like all the forward passes the threw.
Robl was pleased to be playing at home safe in the knowledge that once he had pissed off all his team mates they couldn't leave him and even if they did he could walk home.
Jake was buoyed by his recent performances and was looking forward to another great display (how wrong could he be).
Fred Owen was overjoyed to be selected for the 1st team and celebrated with a quiet night in watching TV in his pyjamas and slippers on. Oh sorry that was his dad Gary, Fred went out and got pissed and boy could you tell.
Smudge had spent most of the week changing nappies which would come in useful as he sh*t himself during his 1st scrum.
Back to Jake, where do I begin? Jakes opposite winger must have had a United Nations exclusion zone around him as Jake didn't get within 10 yards of him while he had the ball. He did however manage to fall over him chasing the ball back and gave away a penalty try. Jake has been given and honorary degree by Liverpool University for services to Rugby, they were going to get the winger to present him with his award but they were worried he would not get close enough to accept it.
Aspull’s 100% start to the season continued with and emphatic win against a good Liverpool side who never gave up and caused Aspull problems throughout the game.
Early pressure by Aspull saw them take the lead with a Kieran Ford penalty after good work by the forwards 3-0, Liverpool hit back from the kick off and camped in the Aspull 22 putting pressure on the line but the defence held firm. Aspull went down to 14 men when scrum half Johnny Linekar was sin binned for pulling down a maul, Liverpool maintained their pressure on the Aspull line and finally scored from a driving maul to take the lead 3-5.
Still down to 14 Aspull took the lead when a break by hooker Michael Webb created the chance for fullback Ford to score and convert himself 10-5. Liverpool hit back to take the lead when the stand-off kicked to the corner and in the race for the ball Aspull winger Jake Greenhalgh was alleged to have tackled the Liverpool winger without the ball and the ref gave a penalty try under the post which was converted 10-12. This was proving to be Aspull’s toughest test of the season so far.
The Aspull pack began to take control of the game with prop Matti Walker outstanding in the scrum and around the park. young winger Fred Owen once again showed his potential with an excellent run which set up the position for the pack to drive over, with 2nd row Aidan Clark scoring, again converted by ford 17-12. Aspull began to dominate the match and a try by Jake Greenhalgh beating 3 men on his way to the line after the forwards had created the space with some excellent drives and quick recycled ball 22-12. The visitors replied with a penalty to leave the HT score 22-15.
Aspull once again saved their best rugby for the 2nd half scoring some excellent team tries. The 1st came from centre Rob Lowe who used his pace to finish off some good work by Liam West and Matti Walker converted by Ford 29-15, next number 8 Liam West was rewarded for his excellent display with a try, converted by Ford 36-15. Aspull were now playing some great open rugby when full back Kieran Ford scored his 2nd try of the game and his 8th try in the last 3 weeks which he converted 43-15. Scrum half Johnny Linekar, who had controlled the game and guided the Aspull forwards all day, got his reward when he dove over after the pack had drove their opponent back into their 22. Ford again converted 50-15. Liverpool had a player sent off near the end of the game but they never gave up and scored the final try of the game 50-20.
Once again Nathan Bennett and Liam West were outstanding in the back row along with scrum half Johnny Linekar but prop Matti walker won the man of the match award for an excellent display in only his 2nd full game at prop.
Aidan has requested we play basketball in training so he can perfect his technique of bouncing the ball but after watching his try I think he is pretty good at it already.
Johnny Linekar was sin binned for being a Brummeeee and as disciplinary chairman I spoke to the ref after game saying a yellow card was unfair for this offence we all felt it deserved a RED.
Rumours that Jake wants to change Woodshaw Park to ELMSTREET after his F***ing nightmare are yet to be confirmed.
It just goes to show you don't have to be clever to go to university these days as their player proved when he was sent off for punching big Tom. He is 6ft 7 and 25 stone for god’s sake.