Camps record win No. 1
Report by "Oscar" Twiby
Saturday September 11th 2010
Midlands Division One West
Camp Hill 35 - 30 Walsall
In front of a healthy-sized Haslucks Green Road crowd both Camp Hill and Walsall provided a highly entertaining match in which the hosts' five tries deservedly brought them this narrow victory.
Having spent the opening minutes in the home half Walsall were forced to switch to their own territory and very soon clever play in midfield initiated a try for centre"Barney" Edwards after eight minutes, which was converted by full back Ian Briggs.
We continued to press but after being temporarily reduced to fourteen players Walsall fashioned a move out to right wing Roger Weston who swept home for a score, improved by fly half Matt Wood.
After a further seven minutes Wood kicked a penalty to see his side ahead but this was to be the only time we went behind.
Play remained evenly spread until shortly before the break . A beautifully worked try involving "Barney" and new recruit centre Jon Ford to free "Briggsy" for a try , improved by himself to see us with a 14-10 half time advantage.
The opening eleven minutes of the second period saw no less than four tries awarded with Camps enjoying three of them.
Firstly , No 8 Rob Hill ( how good it is to see him back in the fold ) picked up from a scrum inside the visitors' "22" to break through and dot down with joy.
Almost immediately afterwards a determined break by left wing Alex Richmond led to a kick ahead which was collected and scored by "Briggsy" for 24-10
Play reverted to the other end as telling pressure drove the opposition pack over for skipper / flanker Steve Halbert to record the try ,converted by Wood.
There was really no time to blink as it was now "Briggsy's" turn to speed down on the right and this time "Barney" was on hand to collect the loose ball to register his second to match his full back. Far from finished however, Walsall hit back with another Wood penalty and immediately after the hosts went down to fourteen again , the referee gave the visitors a penalty try, with the immaculate boot of Wood again adding the extras.
With twenty minutes still remaining the home advantage was down to just two points.
Fortunately "Briggsy" was presented with two penalties in front of the posts in the following eight minutes and he made no mistake with either.
Walsall continued to battle but as throughout most of this "cracker" of a game, we defended very soundly and the opposition could only muster up one last Moor penalty to leave us with the result we had worked so hard to achieve.
A great game .........I, like most in attendance , enjoyed every minute.
On Saturday, we are at Birmingham University to play Bournville. Kick Off is at 3.00 p.m.
At 5.45 p.m. Camp Hill Ladies ( the redoubtable "Chargers" ) entertain Cheltenham Ladies in the first playing of the Marc Chetland Cup.
All are most welcome.
See you there .......and there !