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Old E's VS St.Mary's OB (SMOB) RFC - Blakey's Match Report

Old E's VS St.Mary's OB (SMOB) RFC - Blakey's Match Report

Will Appleton1 Apr - 08:09
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Fourth place finish with just two games left to play!

The end of the season beckons as Es push for a fourth place finish with just two games left to play, 6 points should secure that position but everything to play for!!

A cool but sunny afternoon greeted both Es players and supporters. The Es squad was showing a few changes but this always gives opportunities to other players, on this occasion Andy Adams (TC’s skipper) stepped up to secure a good front row that also starred Martyn Beddows, and Archie Walker also making the squad. A big welcome return to the side from Benji Wagstaffe (I think this is his first game back since breaking his arm). Also a big welcome to Es for winger Alex CS.

Squad: Martyn Beddows, Fergus Blythe, Andy Adams, Adam Skyner, Dougal Broom, Teddy Bristow, Henry Kirkpatrick, Benji Wagstaffe, Sam Hygate, Alex Potts, Arthur Mills, Wil Patterson, Pat Dore, Alex CS, Matt Carr, Archie Walker, Tom Cole, Kit Douel

Match Report:
The first half saw Es kicking into the wind/ breeze which might play a part in the game!
Within moments of kick off there was a really good early hit from skipper Pat Dore.
First scrum ok. Good break by Arthur Mills, who is looking more and more a settled 1st XV starter. Good lineout then penalty to Es followed by a lineout and drive and is it opened up Benji Wagstaffe broke through the defence for a try not converted (0-5). A deliberate knock on by Es saw SMOB kick to corner and from their lineout they worked the ball into the centre and scored under the posts + conversion (7-5).
A missed tackle from Es & SMOB attack again. SMOB suffer a 2nd Row injury who was then replaced. The next Es scrum was mullered giving SMOB a penalty kick to SMOB, duly converted. (10-5).
Es great pick up from the restart by Teddy Bristow shaw him make good ground, passed to Fergus Blyth and then onto Martyn Beddows for a try under posts for a well deserved score from the Prop + Sam Hygate conversion (10-12)
Adam Skyner usually totally reliable with his hands then began a difficult period where it looked as if he had soap on his hands!! He got involved in a scrum half mess up! However Es recovered and a good Es scrum and good hands by Matt Carr out to Alex CS for a try under the posts and Sam Hygate converted (10-19). Another good Es attack saw Fergus Blyth probing the SMOB defence before a stylish 3/4 move ended up out with the other winger Arthur Mills for his own try, not converted (10-24). At this point it looked as if Es were going to pull clear of SMOB however a good SMOB 3/4 move breaks the Es Defensive line for a try & conv (17-24).
A great take by Arthur Mills from the restart, attacking the ball as everyone should, but unfortunately the ball was lost after a Wil Patterson break, but Ref brought play back for Es offside and SMOB elected to kick for the posts via the Penalty bringing the score back to (20-24).
Two minutes to half time Es win their scrum and through a few phases shipped the ball out to the right then back to left to find Adam Skyner, who thankfully caught this one and went over for a try and Sam Hygate conversion (20-31). Then before the half time whistle a further electrifying move from Es involving Adam Skyner, Patty, Fergus Blyth, and Sam Hygates box kick was followed up by Pat Dore who scooped the ball up for a try & Sam Hygate conversion 20-38.
Half Time
Second half ES were playing with the wind and this contributed a little to a fantastic second half display of running rugby.
Benji Wagstaffe picked up from the base of the scrum after a win against the head in our own half and breaks the SMOB line for a fantastic 60m try & Sam Hygate conversion 20-45.
The restart and the ball floated in the air towards Adam Skyner who had obviously wiped his hands in his shorts for a good catch!!! Crowd impressed backed up by President Cheek.
The Es crowd were then treated to a great run by Adam Skyner followed by good slick passing once again for a second try for Prop Martyn Beddows with Sam Hygates conversion kick rebounding in off the post (20-52).
An immediate break from the restart by Patty good hands to skipper Pat Dore who put on the after burners from half way to score his second try, not converted (20-57).
Another half way scrum saw Benji Wagstaffe pick up, then out to Arthur Mills who kicked the ball through the defensive line and with a good bounce Pat Dore went over for his hat trick try, Kit Douel added the conversion 20-64.
A good break by Archie Walker saw Es up into the opposition 22 followed by an Es penalty but SMOB survive. A rather unfortunate Andy Adams was then shown a yellow card for tackling not having retreated 10m! The next Es move saw Tom Cole, Fergus Blyth and Alex Potts combine well but SMOB recovered the ball and suddenly for the first time in the second half applied some pressure in the Es 22 and following a scrum they looked to have scored in the corner but the Referee was on hand and adjudged that the ball had been 'held up' by Matt Carr. So Es continued with a good goal line clearance kick to keep a clean sheet in the second half.
A scrum on half way and Es penalised with SMOB kicking to touch for a line where Es were penalised again for playing the man in the air and SMOB stole through for a try & conv (27-64). At this point it became clear that SMOB wanted to target a fourth try to get themselves a bonus point.
Es became a bit loose in the last quarter and SMOB looked like scoring again but for a great last gasp tackle by Es but then break from our own 22 with Pat Dore kicking a loose ball on the ground into the SMOB half and looked like scoring a fourth try, however the ball bounced right and Arthur Mills was on hand to take over kicking the ball over the line to score another Es try, not converted rebounds off post!
Benji Wagstaffe then completed a fantastic return for him with a second try again running from Es own half & Sam Hygate converted 27-76. Finally from the restart and from Es own 22, Es attack spinning the ball along the line thru numerous hands and eventually onto Matt Carr who broke free for a well deserved try & Sam Hygate once again converted (27-83), and we should not under estimate the importance of the high kicking success rate from Sam to help the score board ticking over and another Es win.

This was a highly entertaining game, a 5 pointer, and although maybe SMOB were not at full strength, you can only play what’s in front of you, and so to the last league fixture next weekend at home to Frampton Cotterell with Es still hopeful of securing fourth spot but will probably need something from this game as Dursley have an easy game at home to Whitehall RFC so a big day next Saturday with hopefully a double header with Es Thundercats playing Frampton 2nds TBC.

Man of the Match: Benji Wagstaffe, great to see him back in an Es shirt and looking stronger than ever.
Spectators MOM: Fergus Blyth - another great all round performance from Fergus

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