Crewe and Nantwich 2nd Team 83 – Glossop 2nd Team 5
Another damp week and a frost or two put the game in doubt – but thanks to some positive early morning work from the backroom guys (and a dog!!) it was a real achievement to get two home games up and running.
A depleted Glossop side containing just 11 players eventually arrived at The Vagrants, putting the team into disarray!! A week of dealing and negotiating with Steve Holding to ensure that the 3rd team went away with some quality players in key positions meant a few changes were made to the Super 2’s this week. Thanks must go to those that travelled – it means a lot to the club that players give their time so freely.
Thankfully the squad of 17 managed to pull together and put in place some method behind how we would work the rotation system and the game started with the Mighty Black and Whites fielding 12 players equally shared amongst the backs and forwards. It took no time at all for the home side to assert their one man advantage and from the first scrum captain Dean Carter picked up from the base of the scrum and Andy Farrington (at last playing a home game!!) showed his pace to go over. This set the tone for the rest of the match – where, aside from one or two small hiccups, the team managed to play simple but effective rugby, despite the continued rotation of players and positions.
Nothing should be taken away from the Glossop guys, they put up a stubborn ‘backs to the wall’ resistance and testimony to that was their score in the first half when their big No 3 crashed over the home side’s whitewash. However the ‘Super 2’s’ pack, as a unit, performed really well and provided a platform for the improving Josh Grant and 2nd team new boy Jake who slipped effortlessly into the scrum half berth. Dave Stevenson played his best game in the second row alongside the ‘anchor’ Phil Alcock with the front row trio of Steve Outhwaite, Stuart Nicoll and Arran Voller ensuring the safe return of scrum ball with the three of them working tirelessly in the loose.
The backs were superbly marshalled by the rejuvenated Scotty Cann, who led the line well and at has found his kicking form again – with some crisp conversations from all around the park. The midfield of Thomasson and Jenkins bonded well, despite the exocet of a Glosspo centre’s interventions and, despite the conditions, subtlety of hand saw the extra man made full use of – with Tom Bowen, Reece Burley, Matt Ambrose and Farrington bagging over 10 tries between them. Notable support play from the effervescent David Curry also saw him bag a couple of tries to keep the score board ticking over and was just reward for his efforts. Rob George and Carter forged the important links between the backs and forwards and ensured the game continued to flow throughout and as the game came to a close Grant and Bowen sealed their performances with some weaving runs resulting in well taken tries.
Huge thanks must go to the Glossop side that travelled to us, we know it’s not the easiest of journeys and we wish them all well for the rest of the season.
Next week sees the 'Mighty Black and Whites' travel to Manchester. Let’s make sure we get a good squad of players out – remember it is the start of the 6 nations next week – your country needs you, but importantly – so does your club!!!