Lancashire Senior Squad – 2016 Season Review
By Mark Downs
Another exciting season of rugby in the top tier of the RFU County Championship.
The first game was away at Scarborough against Yorkshire and, at half time, it did not look too rosy, with Yorkshire leading 20-18. Not the best of starts to the championship and certainly made for a nerve twitching second half. At the end it was turned around and we won 40-27, despite having given Yorkshire a penalty try in the final minutes.
Next up was Eastern Counties who we hosted at Fylde. We got off to a comfortable start playing some open flowing rugby in great conditions, 31-5 at half time. Not sure what was said in the Eastern Counties changing room at half time but they came out a different team, the second half finishing 5-5, the final score being 36-5. News filtered through to the Woodlands that Cheshire had beaten Yorkshire so that made for a Semi Final must-win last game. Both teams on equal points with Cheshire having a slightly better points-difference.
With Lancashire at home, at Sedgley Park, the first half saw both teams pretty equal and by half time Lancashire were 10-6 down, but still had the belief that we could pull it off. Not so, as Cheshire came back at us and finished the game deserved winners 27-11. They played hard, celebrated hard and we wish them luck in the final against Cornwall. In the other game Eastern Counties beat Yorkshire.
This season’s team has been a mix of experienced players and some young apprentices coming through, with 8 ties being presented for first appearances, against Yorkshire, It is an exciting prospect for the future. I would like to thank the Captain, Evan Stewart and all the players who represented Lancashire this season. It is a great commitment after a long year of club rugby, to don the red and white, and I fully appreciate it.
Thanks also go to the coaches and backroom staff who give their time freely so that we can continue to be a strong force in County Rugby.