The RLC Vets took on the Gunners at Abingdon on a very chilly Wednesday morning in front of a sizeable crowd. The turnout for the Vets was very reminiscent of years ago with 28 players (most of which said they were backrow players…..really!!!) turning up all eager to play, this present a slight headache with team selection.
The Gunners started strongly applying earlier pressure deep in the RLCs, but failed to convert their early dominance in to points. It wasn’t long before the RLC settled and put points on the board with a with a well worked moved started by the inspirational Gareth Williamson being stopped short of the line for Jase Lowe to pick the ball up and wriggle over 5 – 0 to the RLC, Jamie Cole failed to convert with his attempt drifting well wide of the uprights.
This spurred the Gunners in to action (assisted by some poor decision making by the RLC) which resulted in a well worked try with a successful conversion, 5 – 8 to the Gunners. The game was evenly balanced with both teams having their opportunities to stretch the lead. The Gunners where beginning to look very comfortable with the ball in hand with smart interchanges between forwards and backs and it wasn’t long before they put more points on the board with a penalty 5 – 11 to the Gunners. The RLC failed to capitalise on the possession they had but again it was the Gunners who where more clinical stretching their lead to 5 – 18 with another try and conversion.
Both teams were still creating chances, but it was the RLC who were looking more likely to score. The ever green Richie Crane produced some silky skills (very soft hands) releasing Baby Joe to stroll over the line to score ,but Jamie Coleman had clearly left his kicking boots at home with another failed conversion 10 - 18. The RLC were beginning to shift up the gears and were looking hungry with Gareth Williamson inspiring them and it wasn’t long before his endeavour paid off with another well worked try, however Jamie Cole failed to convert 15 – 18.
Although the RLC pushed hard for the last 10 minutes playing some great stuff it was the Gunners who got the break and ran in another try with a failed conversion 15 – 23.
In summary a great day of rugby which was very well supported please continue to come along everyone will receive a warm welcome and will always get a game, irrespective of standard, playing history etc.
Man of the Match – Gareth Williamson
Try Scores – Jase Lowe, Baby Joe & Gareth Williamson
Craig Johnstone (Manager), Richie Crane, Rob Futter, Jack Horner, Ernie Earnshaw, Chris Evoy, Savs Savou, Jamie Coleman, Col Mason, Matty Matewale, Lloyd Hankins, John Miles, Stu Evans, Mike Nunocco, Volvo Volavola, Jase Lowe, Taff Price, Micky Poland, Ug May, Ratty, Williams, Baby Joe, Andy Gartside, Craig Mawby, Stan Fakaslan, James Fawsitt, Dan Phillips and Farard Darver.