Stanley Rodillians 15 v Adwick-le-Street Nomads 29
For the first time in at least ten seasons, Adwick-le-Street RUFC turned out two sides on Saturday. Since their move to the Bullcroft Memorial Hall following being flooded out at Toll Bar, they have gone from strength to strength recruiting a lot of new players from the surrounding area. This season they also have a pitch adjacent to the Hall and are determined to build for the future.
The first team � nicknamed the Nomads � went to Stanley Rodillians for their first fixture in Yorkshire 5. Following the walk-over last week when Sheffield Oaks were unable to provide a team for the EDF Vase fixture they were looking forward to the game despite a few late withdrawals.
Stanley Rodillians opened the scoring with a try after 3 minutes which they were unable to convert and Adwick had to get its defence organised as they played the first half uphill. They began to put pressure on the opposition and Robbie Davies went over after a typically powerful burst. Shaun Flaherty converted but Stanley Rodillians continued to apply pressure using the slope and eventually scored a second try which was converted, following this up with a penalty just before half time.
Adwick started the second half 15 points to 7 behind but with the slope in their favour and it was their turn to apply the pressure. Prop Paul Heptonstall forced his way over for a try which stand-in kicker Simon Maskrey converted whilst Shaun Flaherty was off the field receiving treatment. Robbie Davies used his power to score another try which a returning Flaherty converted followed shortly afterwards by a penalty as the opposition defence became more and more desperate.
Simon Maskrey capped an outstanding debut as the first team scrum half with a good try which showed opportunism and determination, qualities which summed up the attitude of the whole side. The team featured a number of younger players, new to League rugby and they responded well in a challenging game.
Adwick-le-Street Bedouins 5 v Chesterfield II 10
South Yorkshire Merit Table
The second team who have christened themselves the Bedouins have entered the South Yorkshire Merit Table this season and have a lot of competitive fixtures scheduled. Two club stalwarts Phil Russell and Mick Flanagan have taken charge of this side and they have encouraged some veterans to come out of retirement to help prepare the younger, inexperienced recruits to the Club get ready to take their place in the first team. Everyone who turns up for this side will get game time each week.
Having won their first merit table game at Wheatley Hills last week, the Bedouins were looking forward to meeting Chesterfield II but their preparations were interrupted by the late withdrawals from the first team which meant that several players who had been selected for the second team moved up into the first team and travelled to Stanley Rodillians.
Adwick started the game with 14 players which included two volunteers from the Chesterfield subs bench. Late arrivals meant that eventually they had a full team and were able to replace injured players during the game.
Chesterfield began strongly and Adwick relied on some last minute defence which at times looked like last gasp defence. Chesterfield were well organised and it was no surprise when they ran in a try following good work along their three-quarter line. The conversion attempt hit the crossbar and bounced back.
Chay Maw then produced an series of pick and runs from the base of the scrum which made great inroads into the Chesterfield territory and suddenly Adwick began to believe in themselves. Some good driving from the forwards eventually produced a try for Phil Russell who showed all his experience to keep low and drive in out wide. The conversion was missed. Chesterfield replied with a good try off a 5 metre scrum which was not converted. The whole of the second half was a thrilling end to end affair with defence and enthusiasm to the fore. Barry Whinfrey skipped in for what he hoped was a score but was adjudged to have put a foot in touch. A draw would have reflected the balance of play but Chesterfield deserved the win for their sportsmanship in sharing players which made the game possible.