After an early injury scare, DK overcame what had been one of their bogey teams last season. A strong and determined performance by the whole squad.
Sunday 14th November 2010
Bromsgrove U15 0, DK U15 31.
On a fine chilly Remembrance Sunday, the two-minute silence was observed respectfully by the teams and spectators just before the kick-off. Barely three minutes into the game, isaac latham went down with a neck injury. With all necessary precautions observed, he was taken to Redditch Hospital by ambulance and thankfully given the all clear the following day. Under Doctor’s orders, he will not play for another couple of weeks, but it is a relief that the outcome has been so positive. Thanks are due to everyone involved in taking care of him at all stages.
Play was transferred to the first team pitch and re-started after a delay of half an hour. With Bromsgrove missing a number of their backs, the game turned out very well for the visitors and the recent try famine soon ceased. james wheeler, Jack Taylor, Will Renwick, James Hadley and Ben Southall were unavailable for selection, but Luke Beddall made a welcome return following some back problems. Even with less than the full squad, there is competition for most positions, particularly in the pack and giving everyone game time must present the coaches with some headaches.
In terms of performance, the whole team played well with the game being played at pace throughout. The forwards functioned efficiently as a unit and when not taking the ball on themselves, enabled the backs to enjoy plenty of possession. Handling all round was much improved, tackling was excellent and kicking options were used sparingly and generally effectively. The only major problem was the number of penalties conceded – three or four times those awarded against Bromsgrove. Most of the offences were technical, such as coming in from the side, not releasing and offside. However a number of high tackles were penalised as well, so care needs to be exercised in future.
All the forwards, including those who came on later, deserve a mention, but Pat Keen stood out in particular, showing much improvement to his all round game, making the hard yards and placing the ball well. The imposing Miles Leglister is now settling in which is encouraging for the future. For the backs, Jake Whitney scored three tries and Harry Bayliss and Tom Parkes one apiece. Simon Gore made three successful conversions.
The fist try came from a line out on the Bromsgrove 22, with Simon Gore sending Jake Whitney away in the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed (0-5). Bromsgrove came back strongly and pressed hard, but DK cleared to touch. There then came a delightful move started by Rhys Hamilton who, as the opposition invariably finds, is very difficult to contain. Moving across the pitch, the ball went through several pairs of hands for Jake Whitney to score his second try. Again the extra points could not be added. Bromsgrove were unable to make much headway from a series of penalties in their favour and half time came with DK 10-0 up.
A number of personnel changes were made at half time and a third try came soon after the re-start, this time with Tom Parkes being the scorer, rounding the defence on the outside to score near the posts. (0-17). More penalties against DK followed. A kick ahead from will hancox was picked up by Harry Bayliss who passed to Will Squire to feed Jake Whitney for his hat-trick (0-24). A scrappy period of play was punctuated by a series of penalties, mainly to the home side. A long and high attempted touch kick from the latest of these only found Simon Gore who threw a long pass for Harry Bayliss to motor away to score the fifth and last try which, as with the two predecessors, was converted (0-31). To their credit, Bromsgrove continued to press for a consolation score, but the visitors’ defence held.