A strong Sutton & Epsom squad arrived at Lily Hill Park looking to reverse their narrow defeat from earlier in the season. It certainly seemed as though the Bracknell boys had been tucking into the Easter eggs early as they were second best for most of the first half, the home team coaches seemed relieved to go in at half time only 12-5 down. The forwards were struggling against a well drilled front row and the backs just couldn’t seem to get the ball out of their own half. Head coach Elliott let the boys do the talking at the half time break as they outlined their own shortcomings and resolved to perform better in the second half.
The visitors had also enjoyed a good team talk and extended their lead to 17-5 within minutes. A well deserved lead against a Bracknell 2nd IV team who did seem as though they were putting in one of their weaker displays for some time and had seem to forgotten that coming into this game they had been unbeaten all season!
An injury to Brooke gave time for the boys to exchange some very choice words with each other. All of a sudden they seemed to realise that they were facing defeat. The referee said there was eight minutes to play. Eight minutes to try and win a bit of pride back maybe?
Comeback of the season? Maybe.
What all the coaches and parents saw over the next eight minutes was simply a superb display by a bunch of boys who never want to give up, who play for each other and most importantly take great pride in wearing the BRFC shirt.
Three wonderful tries and a conversion brought the final score to an amazing 24-17. At the final whistle the squad knew they had been in a great game and well done to the S&E squad for making the game so enjoyable and playing the game in exactly the right spirit. This now sounds like a permanent fixture in the calendar.
So, what conclusions can we gather from this game? Was this an elaborate April Fools joke played on the hard working coaches and ever present parents? Sorry boys, we know you hadn’t thought of that one.
We say it every week, this squad has an amazing amount of character and guts. The starting XV had boys who were back from injury, players making only their second or third appearance for the club and forwards starting and finishing in the backs. The game had its fair share of injuries and the team was shuffled around every few minutes. All the boys just want to play rugby and enjoy the game to the absolute best of their ability. The team spirit is unequalled and all the boys want to play for each other.
With the Easter break this just leaves the final league game of the season away to Abbeyensians in a couple of weeks. Maybe, just maybe we can finish the season undefeated.