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Edition No. 133

Date:- 10 January 2004

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Sandstormers Match Report

NOT a win but still another good performance by the Rugby League players of Southport. At their previous clash in the North West County Cup Langworthy they were convincing winners 36 to 4. The Southport players are now showing what they are capable of, they are now starting to believe in themselves and in there ability and this has had a fantastic effect on the team. 

The condition of this matches pitch was not to Southport’s liking. It was very wet and small, but the worst problem was the mud. Southport have possibly one of the faster back line in this league, but Saturday’s conditions meant it could not be used. 

It was an even contest early in the game and Southport were competing well with a good defensive line and looking ok, with the ball in hand. The first 15 minutes it was anybody’s game, but a penalty against Southport put them 2 points behind. The game continued with neither side getting on top, both teams hung on with good defenses. A penalty against Southport and then some fine rugby from Langworthy resulted in a try by Langworthy. More good rugby from Langworthy and Southport’s defense were pushed to the limit, but it held. Again some very good ball handling and the home side went in for there second try. Southport still to score was now down by 12 but still in the game and playing with commitment. But with the home side more used to the heavy conditions and with Southport playing up a slight hill they were looking to hold the score down. Again very lucky try against the run of play put Langworthy 18-0 in front just as the whistle went.

Southport came out for the second half looking to play more open attacking rugby and started to put Langworthy under pressure, some strong runs from backs Chris Dresher, Robbie Fawcett and Paul Jamison, stand off Sean Connolly bringing forwards Carl McCardle, Neil Newton and Dave Beadle on to the ball, things were starting to look better for Southport. Some smart play and a great finish brought a try for Steve Tobin converted by Kevin Hall. Southport were now starting to take control and Langworthy started to use some unsavory tactics, but Southport would not be intimidated and continued to play good rugby. Four times Southport were held only inches from the line, but the pressure played when Kevin Hall crashed in then converted his own try. 18-12 and Southport were back in the game. Now all the play was coming from Southport, but Langworthy were hanging on. With only a few minutes they got another try.
Final score 22 Langworthy 12 Southport. 

At the time of going to print Saturday’s game is not known. anyone interested contact Doug Parkin 01772 813015.

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Photograph shows The Castle team. 

EIGHTEEN pub customers from the popular Castle public house in Widnes have been rewarded for their skills in traditional pub games with a VIP all expenses paid day at the races. This was after being named Area Winners in a national competition called the Pubmaster Pub Challenge.

The team of customers from The Castle received their prize after competing against 800 Pubmaster pubs nation wide in the third national inter pub tournament. The 'Pubmaster Pub Challenge' offered pub landlords and their customers the opportunity of an all expenses paid trip to Mexico for winning the knockout tournament based on the popular traditional and modern games of darts, Connect Four, draughts and dominoes.

"The Castle is a real community spirited pub and it just goes to show what can happen when we all pull together,"
said landlady, Susan Nicholson. "We all thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition and I'm sure we will have a fantastic day out at the races."

Over three-quarters of Pubmaster's 3,200 pubs are traditional community pubs. As the heart and soul of its community, the traditional pub offers much more than just a place to drink. The Pub Challenge is using traditional and popular pub games; such as darts, dominoes, draughts and Connect Four, to promote a community spirit and help a pub create an atmosphere in which its customers want to be.

"What we have tried to do is focus on the most important aspects of a pub - its ambience, community spirit, and fun," said Pubmaster Business Development Manager, Trevor Strickley. "Pub Challenge is designed to promote a sense of community and strengthen relations between landlords and their customers. The competition is a great way for people within a community to meet and socialise while participating in a series of well known and loved friendly pub games. The Castle was absolutely fantastic throughout the competition and their VIP trip to the races is very much deserved. I hope that they all have a fantastic time."

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