Sat 10 Oct 2015
Sure sponsored Vagabonds picked up their first away win of the season, comfortably defeating Congleton by 31 points to 17. Having arrived at the ground in good spirits following a team shopping expedition to Cheshire Oaks, Vagas lost the toss and were forced to play downhill in the first half. The Vagas pack performed magnificently in the set piece and the larger than usual front row of Rob Martin, Liam Kinley and Kev Birchall soon had their opposition under pressure creating quick ball for their pacey back line. Following a standard move from the base of the scrum it was human wrecking ball Joe Louw who broke from the base of the scrum which required three Congleton lads to bring him down. From the recycled ruck ball Aidan O’Shea found Ross McCulloch coming back in on the angle to touch down under the posts. Leigh Kennaugh added the extras. Vagas lineout was also on top form as new additional Juan Gray and hooker Kinley were clearly in tune and from a clean catch and drive move it was Joe Louw who was on hand to crash over from close range. Again Kennaugh added the extras. With two tries scored Vagas began to settle into the match and after some excellent phases put together by the likes of Josh Carine, Brett Burton and Ross Pulman, Vagas earned a line out on the opposition’s 5 meter line. Confident in his throwing, Kinley opted for the long ball which found Louw at the tail and, as Congleton found out, no one stops the big lad from 5 meters! Vagas started the second half with a 21 point lead but Congleton, taking advantage of the incline managed to run in three pretty slick tries aided but some questionable defence from Vagas. Retaining their composure Vagas began to run the clock down and it was McCulloch who cleverly picked off an interception from a wayward Congleton pass and won the foot race (uphill) to score under the posts. As the game drew to a close Vagas were awarded a penalty and skipper Kennaugh opted for a shot a goal to take clock past the 80 minute mark. To everyone surprise the kick was successful giving Kennaugh an unheard of 100% kicking rate for his afternoon’s effort! A quick pit stop at the Eric the Red pub in Liverpool preceded the boat journey home where celebrations were soon in full swing. Special thanks to Rob Leece for travelling up for the game.