Askeans Make it Two from Two Against a Tough Brockleians Side
The local derby didn't disappoint packed touchline.
Picture showing Captain Patrick johns alongside MOM Matt Stokes with Back rows Kailan and Piers
A great game of rugby in composed by just a few key ingredient.
A touchline wanting to see a great match.
Two teams with an ambition to impose themselves on the other.
And a cage to contain the excitement.
Luckily last Saturday all the ingredients came together and the local derby that is a highlight in the Askeans calendar lived up to high expectations. A 3pm kick off saw locals Brockleians come to Well Hall to face an enthusiastic Askeans XV. A pre-match meal hosted by Askeans ensuring a solid support for both squads, and confidence from winning their first games was a hot topic.
Captain Patrick Johns made it very clear from the outset about how big the game was today and that he was positively not going to lose at home on his first league game as captain. Askeans answered his call with a solid warm up and confidences during pre match team run through. Game time.
Brocks to kick off. The Askeans pack was quick to clean up the kick off and put together some wide phases. Askeans knew the strength in the Brockleians pack and made it a habit to keep the ball away from them. It was not long after this point that the A’s took first blood. From a solid scrum Askeans scrum half Matt Stokes breaks down the blind side to find No.8 Piers Johnson, who fights to stay on the pitch and get the ball down in the corner. To follow up his part in making the try, Matt Stokes nudges the ball through the uprights from the sidelines. 7-0.
The match continued and both side met in the middle of the pitch. Brockleians knew their slow start cost them, and now they were ready to make amends. Good strong running and clever heads up rugby from brocks caught Askeans short on the blind side. A missed conversion but now a match had been created.
Sparring from both squads continued. It was then once again a great break from Matt Stokes that gained Askeans another 5 points. A great try and an unlucky conversion that hit the posts, Mr. Stokes was on fire. However, Brockleians are not a team to laydown and came back to score. 12-10. Brockleians continued to pressure A’s and where camped outside the Askeans 22. Askeans now found themselves facing a mass Brockleians overlap on the far side. Only hands were needed to finish Askeans off. Enter the Orange Warrior. ben hughes found himself alone, outside and screaming for help, trying to defend 3 brock’s players. Only a crazy man would attempt an interception, luckily for Askeans we have just about enough crazy in the form of a longhaired tanned winger. Ben now faced 3 angry Brockleians, who he has just stolen the ball from and a 70-yard dash to the opposition try line. Great pace was just what the doctor ordered and Askeans pull out another try. The conversion was missed but Askeans was happy to take the result and see half time.
The second half began and instantly both teams went for each other hammer and tongs. Askeans pack trying to contain the Brock’s forwards and the A’s backs using their speed and hand to gain an advantage. Just when you thing someone has done enough, he does some more. Yet again Matt Stokes pop up and score again and will go on to convert this one, an outstanding performance from Stokesy.
Brockleians where not going to lie down and accept defeat. They struck back and scored, some touchline talk of a tackle off the ball, however playing to the whistle; they took their chances and scored, missing the conversion. The last score in the match was a penalty taken by Stokes again.
The games final score was 27-17. From talk to spectators it was a brilliant game to watch and the Askeans team proud to gain the bonus point in front of a big home support and old boys.
Next week sees Askeans travel down to Whitstable. Another game that the A’s look forward to and a big social after on the coach home.