Silloth travelled to Fleetwood looking to gain some consolation after a difficult season but found their opponents in an uncharitable mood.
The home side fielded a strong team and immediately went on the offensive. A penalty was awarded to the hosts which Scott dispatched for 3-0. Fleetwood continued to attack and Richardson ran in a try which he converted for a 10-0 lead. Fleetwood were then forced to defend for a while before Brown scored a second try which was converted by Richardson for a 17-0 lead. Another penalty made the score 20-0. Silloth continued to face pressure from the home side and shortly before half-time Bamber scored to make it 25-0.
Fleetwood began the 2nd half as they finished the first and Phillips scored again. 30-0. Only a few minutes later, Fleetwood’s Brookfield finished off a move with a try under the sticks, converted by Richardson, 37-0. Fleetwood added another 5 more points before Silloth managed to create a try of their own when Dean Swanscoe ran in at the corner, reducing the deficit to 44-7. However, Fleetwood continued to press and the score ended 68-7.
A difficult game for Silloth but it was a spirited performance against a good team and the squad continue to show a lot of character in adverse circumstances.
Saturday saw the visit of mid table Bolton to the Jim Brough Rugby Park. After a good start to the season Bolton have dropped away in the last few games. Bolton kicked off on a dull but dry afternoon and after only 6 minutes their winger ran in a try. The conversion was missed (0-5). After 25 mins of not too good rugby, Silloth started to dominate and Steven Stoddart went over for Silloth's first try. He then converted his own try (7-5). After 30 minutes, Silloth extended their lead when winger Sutcliffe beat about three Bolton players to score near the posts. Stoddart converted to make it 14-5. After 35 minutes, Silloth got a penalty which Stoddart duly put over to make the half time score 17-5.
Bolton’s coach must have had some harsh words at half time because Bolton came out firing in the second half and after 5 mins reduced the arrears with a converted try to make the score 17-12. After 20 minutes Bolton were awarded a penalty which was dispatched to make the score 17-15. This seemed to stir Silloth into life because they then took over the game. On 30 minutes, Silloth scored a try from a maul which, I am reliably informed, had Joe Kirkup at the bottom. Stoddart again converted (24-15). On 32 minutes Kirkup was at it again when he burst through the centre to score near the posts. Stoddart again obliged to make it 31-15. After 35 minutes, Ritchie wrapped up a great afternoon of rugby for Silloth when he scored the final try. Stoddart again converted to make the final score Silloth 38, Bolton 15. All of the Silloth 15 deserve a pat on the back but a mention for Joe Smith for his encouragement and Joel Baker who improves with every game. (Report: Pete Irwin)
Jim Brough Rugby Park was the host for high flying De La Salle on Saturday. On a great day for rugby, the first exchanges where pretty even. On 15 minutes, after a three quarter move, De La Salle's winger crossed in at the corner for their first try. The conversion was missed (0-5). On 30 minutes, the opposite wing crossed again. The conversion was missed (0-10). De La Salle extended their lead on 35 minutes with a try under the posts. The conversion was charged down to make the half time score 0-15.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were pretty even until De La Salle strung together a good handling move to go over near the posts. This time, the conversion went over (0-22). After 25 mins, the referee awarded De La Salle a penalty try which was converted to make the final score Silloth 0 De La Salle 29. (Report: P. Irwin)