Mossley Hill 46 Ellesmere Port 3
ELLESMERE Port will literally be a ‘different team’ for their next game as they look to get off the mark in the new season.
Dave Layder’s under-strength side slumped to their third consecutive defeat on Saturday when they travelled to Mossley Hill, but the Port coach will be changing half his men for the encounter with newcomers Trentham this Saturday.
Layder said of the loss: ‘We were comfortably beaten – it’s difficult to take many positives out of the game. In the first half we were reasonably in the game, 18-3 down. We never gave up and the commitment and effort were very good, but we didn’t make many clear try-scoring opportunities.’
Chris Carbutt kicked three points in the first half. Mossley Hill tries opened up the gap and Port had another opportunity for a penalty. But they opted for the catch and drive, which failed to come off.
Layder added: ‘We weren’t out of it but if you don’t get the next score then you’re about 25-3 down.
‘They were better all round – solid in the scrum, the lineout worked for them and they broke our defensive line.’
But things could be very different when Ellesmere Port play host to Trentham.
Matt Maguire will be returning in the second row, and Ian Johnson and Dan Perryman will be available. Gerry Phillips will return to the pack and in the backs Peter Doyle, Paul Millington and Layder himself could be set to play.
He said: ‘We hope to bounce back with a home game – they were promoted this season so we’re looking to record our first victory. The whole back row is changing and one second row.
‘Suddenly we’re a different team. It gives us new heads and physique.’