Bath Saracens v Chippenham 3rds
Rugby really was the winner on this glorious Autumn day!!
So the gentlemen of the 3rds gathered or for this weekend the Dirty Dozen alias Lee Preston Marvin ,Ernest Nickson Borgnine ,Charles Wheeler Bronson ,Jim Dunn Brown, John Adams Cassavetes, Richard Bailey Jaeckel, George Hamilton Kennedy, Trini Bell Lopez,Ralph Hanlon Meeker, Robert Fielder Ryan,Telly Goodall Savalas, Clint Hartwell Walker,Robert Johnson Webber. So we thought we had problems but Bath Saracens only having 11 and no front row we were in pole position. So after discussions with Robbie and the referee, John Goodall played the team player card and jumped ship believing their might be a pint in it for him!? After a good warm up Chippenham got off to a poor start and conceded an early try and converted. Chippenham responded with live wire Bell uncharacteristically showing a clear pair of heels to score and converted by Fielder [had his own tee] Scrums were contested and Chippenham were able to deliver to Bailey, Hamilton who found new recruit Hanlon who scored and converted by Fielder. So as you can imagine lots of space with 12 a side Chippenham failed to realign properly and from broken field position their young winger scored. Chippenham were competitive in most aspects but with Goodall on the opposition side he gave away our line out calls resulting in Adams/Dunn struggling at times!! Bell made another break I know but he did a Freddie Burns with the line in sight sack the....!! Bath Saracens young back line played well in particular their No 10 who scored next. Hamilton was a having a great game at fly half very vocal and was receiving great ball from the combative Bailey who was great at the breakdown too. Chippenham finished the half with two tries Bell again backed himself to score and Johnson loitering out on the wing used his weight to barge over wide no con. Half time came so Wheeler laid down the law that we needed to raise the intensity at the start of the second half. This we duly did as Hartwell after a bit of juggling score out wide great try. Chippenham from great field position scored again with Bell unselfishly passed inside to the supporting Bailey who scored under the posts converted by Fielder. Bath Saracens showed great character and were not content to lie down, in deed they scored again a good backs move. New recruit Jim Dunn Brown was enjoying self and always looking for the gap ... but not side ways!!Richard Bailey Jaeckel then suffered a dislocated finger adjusted back in by Bell taped up and soldiered on. Phase play in Bath half , link play flowing Nickson to Wheeler to Fielder to Hanlon out to rampaging Hartwell who score his second. Bath Saracens scored again. Chippenham suffered an injury to Johnson cracked rib who was being coached by his opposite number Goodall all game, rest up. So that meant Wheeler went to loose head and to Bath Saracens credit they dropped to eleven. The game slightly fizzled out with both captains asking the very good Somerset referee to keep the clock going at breakdown time. Another injury to Bell's ankle but Chippenham managed to see the game out and record a victory on this glorious Autumn day!!
Final Score: Bath Saracens 33 - 41 Chippenham 3rds
Man of the Match: George Hamilton Kennedy.
Big thanks to all players, to Logan Hartwell water -boy, Telly Goodall Savalas [who got his pint] and the v good referee.
So quick turn around next game: Fri 2nd Nov under flood lights home to BOA 2nds meet 1815. Free to support 1st/2nds both home Sat.