A&F v Locksheath Puma Match report
Report from Head Coach Paul Hancock
If there was ever a game that did not reflect the dominant procession and territory of one team during a game this was it. Aldershot & Fleet got off to a solid enough start and it was clear that both teams were here to try and dominate from a forward orientated game plan.
Aldershot & Fleet found themselves down to an early penalty that then led to good period of pressure from the pack which ended with a strong push over try from the lineout for stand in skipper "Sonny".
There continued to be a long period of play in Locksheaths end of the pitch but due to some good defence from Locksheath and some lack of composure from Aldershot & Fleet the score remained 5-3 at halftime.
The halftime chat was quick simple. Discipline, Tempo and Composure was what was needed to take this game. Locksheath Pumas came out of the blocks and applied pressure at the set piece and started to gain more territory and it has to be said created a number of chances which eventually lead to a good team try which was converted to supply them the lead 5-10
Aldershot & Fleet started to get themselves back into the game and even though some referee decisions did not make sense at crucial times they maintained their discipline and kept their shape which eventually lead to a very good team try themselves, the pack set up a number of solid rucks and quick ball from scrum half Ben Howells hit Dan Coombes who fired a ball out to full back Joe Dolman who in turn hit flying winger Meli who dotted own under the posts much to the delight of the supporters. The score Aldershot & Fleet 12-10 Locksheath Pumas.
Now the strange part of the game. Both teams threw everything into attack and defence and the game stay pretty neutral and was being played in the middle of the park and it was clear (to those on the side) that playing the percentages and to hit the corners was the way to play this out but again always easy from the sideline. The game also started to break down with a number of scuffles and off ball incidents threatening to ruin was had been a great game. Eventually though with Aldershot and Fleet in good position and working hard in their units, a sloppy ball was fired out to an unexpected second row (no names) ...which resulted in a knock on and the Locksheath team pounced and kicked through with a good pick up and offload to support another try was scored against the play and the score now back to Locksheath 12-17 after the conversion. That was how the game ended regardless of how hard the lads tried and they did try and no one can complain at the effort.
The Squad were rightly disappointed to have let this one slip and even more so given the possession and territory they named. But no league was won in the first few weeks! this squad will only get stronger as we progress into the season. Locksheath Pumas have themselves improved with a new coaching team and player recruitment and they too past comments to us about how our club and performances have made us a solid contender this season.
It is going to be an interesting season and I honestly believe that both of these teams will be there or there about come the end of the league run in. All WE need to focus on is TEMPO, DISCIPLINE and COMPOSURE.
MOM: Alex Laird. Alex was part of a pack that played well all day. He carried, tackled and linked up all game and lead from the front. Well Done Alex.....