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Edition No. 138

Date:- 07 February 2004

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Will the REAL Southport TEAM stand up?
Southport 0 Eccles 28

DESPITE the score line Southport played well at times but with surprising fluency at losing the ball which made the game all the more incredulous against a team determined to take the points. But questions must now be asked as to where the crucial win in Southport’s season is coming from and why is the defence so horrifically poor?

Eccles had come from a dire run off the back of some very poor results in recent times but this game was where their luck was about to change.

Southport started badly, and immediately left a somewhat suspect defense the run of the field in the initial minutes to allow Eccles a pick at what was to be their cake and score the first try.

From the kick off again Southport’s defense was poor, back up the field came Eccles and scored another try which bolted the home side into waking up and offering some measure of attack. Before the end of the first half and were greeted in kind with solid defensive vigour from the visitors with some blinding attacks leaving the game eighteen to duck for the away team and the home side looking desperately in need of inspiration.

After the break Southport tightened up their defense and started to show more flair going forward. The game was now starting to look much better from Southport’s point they were now starting to compete. Southport were now playing some much better rugby and putting Eccles under pressure. 

Sadly this wasn’t to last as again ball control was poor and Southport lost the ball in some good attacking positions. Two silly penalties and more lost ball brought Eccles the end of a romp to the final minute as time after time poor handling proved to be the real enemy of the day for Southport.

The final whistle was something of a blessing to the home side as clearly that had seen enough of a bad-hair day in which questions clearly need to be asked of the side in preparation for the forthcoming home game against Wigton in the National Cup. 

Key mistakes were so evident from this game that led to a series of poor handling and horrific defensive errors gave Eccles their cake, and feast on it they did.

Breathe Easy Group Seeks Volunteers

WEST Lancashire & Southport Branch of Breathe Easy is looking for volunteers to help with the running of the group. The volunteer co-coordinators will help with organisation, publicity and fundraising and will receive full training and support in a role which will bring much needed help to the group. Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

The Breathe Easy group is part of the support network of the British Lung Foundation and provides help and information to those living with a lung condition, their families and carers. The group meets at the Guide Headquarters, Green Lane Ormskirk on the third Monday of the month. New members are always welcome.

Karen Hickmore, Volunteer Recruitment Officer, said:- "West Lancashire & Southport Breathe Easy provides an invaluable service to those living with a lung Condition. Volunteers with a couple of hours to spare each week could make a real impact on developing the group and reaching more people in the local area."

To find out more about volunteering the West Lancashire & Southport Breathe Easy Group, call Karen Hickmore on 0151 510 3869.

"Fame" Search for a Star

LIVERPOOL'S Neighbourhood Caretakers are celebrating their second anniversary with a special event to mark their achievements at Liverpool Town Hall.

To mark their second birthday they are holding an event at Liverpool Town Hall on February 9 they will be showing videos of different aspects of their work and will be presented with certificates

The Neighbourhood Caretaker teams operate in five areas across the city -the Boot Estate; the Eldonian Village: the Canning area; the Granby area and within the Eastern Link area. 

There are a total of 30 caretakers. They carry out a range of duties such as reporting or removing graffiti, litter and flytipping and patrolling their local neighbourhood. The teams have strong links with their communities and provide a reassuring presence on the streets; Working with vulnerable residents offering services such as tidying gardens, arranging for skips for community use and for the removal of rubbish.

Councillor Flo Clucas, Executive Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Services said:- "The caretakers are making a real difference to communities. They play a vital role in ensuring that their neighbourhoods are cleaner, better managed and safer places in which to live and work."

The Neighbourhood Caretaker is a £500,000 project funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund with the support of Liverpool City Council. 

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