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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 78

Date:- 13 December 2002

NWDA welcomes transport announcements.
Report by Michael Gregory.
 
NWDA welcomes transport announcements.
Report by Michael Gregory.

The Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) welcomes the recent transport announcements from Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling.

The Agency is fully behind the latest decision to come from the Treasury, which fits full square within the North West's Strategic Transport Priorities, improving transport links with the South East, and between the Region's two major cities. 

In a long-awaited announcement, Chancellor Gordon Brown has agreed to spend £500 million toward the cost of building new Metrolink tramlines to Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester Airport, and Ashton-under-Lyne; Alistair Darling has announced the Treasury has approved £170 million to help build a tramline linking Liverpool City Centre to Kirkby; and a £1 billion plan to widen the M6 between Manchester and the Midlands has been given the go-ahead.

Mike Shields, Chief Executive, NWDA, said:-

"I am delighted with the recent transport announcement that not only addresses the urgent need to tackle the problems of congestion on the M6 down to the Midlands and the South East, but also makes a clear commitment to transforming the public transport networks in our two major cities. However, this is only the start, and the NWDA will continue to press for further upgrades to the Northwest's transport network which is critical to the economic and social regeneration of the Region."


Secretary of State for Transport Alistair Darling said:-

"We are committed to putting right decades of under-investment. Nationally, by improving the strategic road network - widening parts of the M6 and M1 - and accelerating the work on the West Coast Main Line, we are transforming major transport corridors in the country to bring real benefits for decades to come. Locally, by providing the funds for councils to deliver the vital transport improvements that local people want."

Southport Sand Stormers Storm to Victory!
Southport 44 Rylands A 8
 
XL THINK BIG Sponsored Southport Rugby League Team entertained Rylands of Warrington. And despite a long list of injuries and work commitments Southport still fielded a full squad. And two club records were created the first league double and highest league win. This was never going to be an easy game as Rylands first team play in division one of North West Counties and many players have come through the junior set up.

The first twenty minutes their was nothing but good defensive work from both teams with play going from one side of the field to the other. Both teams working to create the gap. It was Southport to put the first points on the board when from a break down the wing by Stev Hornby the ball came back across the field and the pace of David Sewell brought Southport’s first try converted by Danny Sinclair. The game was still hard and both sides were defending well, and a lack of concentration and Rylands took full advantage to score out wide. The visitors were back in the game but again good build up play Southport ended with a try for winger Mick Hornby again converted by Sinclair. An injury to scrum half Sinclair and the backs had to be reshuffled but this did mot appear to disrupt Southport’s play as more good rugby and Chris Brown went in leaving a trail of defenders this time converted by Kevin Hall. The home side are now well on top and pushing for more points but play was held up for twenty minutes when hooker Mathew Robinson took a heavy tackle and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg but was O.K. later. 18-4 at half time to Southport.
  With the injury to Robinson the pack had now to be reshuffled but Southport continued to play good rugby league and were now dictating the game when David Sewell went in for his second try converted by Hall. Rylands were not going to give up all that easily and scored another try. But this was the last time Rylands had a look in from now on it was all Southport another try for Mick Hornby Hall converting. Richard Hulse scored a very good individual try. Southport’s defense was now the best it has been with Neil Newton and Chris Dresher heading the tackle count and the visitors were making on headway at all. Every time Southport got the ball they looked dangerous taking yards out of the Ryland’s defense. And to finish of a good day for the team as a whole Chris Brown ended the day with a hat trick of try’s. 

This weeks match sponsor PHILIP BARTON CATERING BUTCHER OF SOUTHPORT.

Man of the match was Chris Brown sponsored by STEVE RIGBY BUILDING CONTRACTOR SOUTHPORT

Next game Saturday 24th is away at:- Accrington K.O 2-00 PM

Anyone interested in Rugby League contact John Marshall 01704 536309 or Doug Parkin 01772 813015.
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