EARLSDON SURGE THROUGH THE MUD TO GRAB VICTORY !
OPENSIDE CHARE SCORES HAT TRICK PLAYING AT CENTRE
Earlsdon took the maximum points in a scrappy affair on a pitch that resembled something from the Wolf-Run assault course against bottom of the league side Old Yardleians. Despite the conditions, the game was won in the loose with the visitors playing the conditions well at times but inevitably struggling to contain the home sides tempo and wide-play tactics.
Earlsdon couldn’t have made a better start to the game, scoring two tries in the first 5 minutes. The first coming from some great support play between Hooker Bowyer and Centre Fisher to put Outside Centre Sam Chare
in for an easy score. Earlsdon rumbled on from the restart with some good strong carries from No.8 Wood and Back-Row Gerry Fairbrother
until the space eventually opened up for Sam Chare
to break through and win the 40m footrace to the line (Hicks Converting). A knock-on from the restart enabled the visitors to retain possession for a short period but an eventual handling error was swept up by the eager red and white defence and carried downfield for Full-Back Leo Craddock
to score out wide with 15 minutes played. The next 20 minutes was all Old Yards as they played the up-shirt rugby that suited their big heavy pack, making steady in-roads in the home defence. Frustrated by their lack of possession, Earlsdon began to lose their discipline and Prop Taylor Matthews
was soon shown a yellow card for taking out the visitors 9 at a ruck. The visitors then scored from the scrum restart when their Full-Back went barrelling over out wide down the blindside on 37 mins. A miskick from the subsequent restart worked out well for the home side as the visitors conceded a penalty for holding on, which Hicks quickly nudged cross-field for Winger Josh Darcy
to collect and beat the oncoming defenders to extend his tally for the season (Hicks Converting).
A knock-on offside penalty from the kick off let the visitors back into the game as they kicked in to touch and marched their big pack forward 15m through the mud to score (Conversion missed). The rest of the game turned into a frenetic, scrappy affair as the pitch quickly started churning up under the heavy feet, making quick ball for the home side extremely difficult. The ball did eventually manage to reach the wing with some good handling for Josh Darcy
to finish off (Hicks Converting). 10 minutes later brother Paddy collecting the ball from the visitors 10m line and used his power and pace to go through the defence and dot down out wide. The next 15 minutes was littered with errors as both sides tried their best to work their way through the mud in search of their next try. Eventually, a scrum to the home side was picked up at the base by Wood who ran in untouched from 40m to increase the home sides tally on the 76-minute mark. Earlsdon were awarded a penalty shortly from the restart, with the visitors still picking themselves up, Robert Fisher tapped quickly, and the ball was spread wide for Sam Chare
to put the after-burners on and ghost through the defence from 70m out for his hat-trick and the final score of the game.
Despite the dreadful conditions, which the visiting team exploited to their advantage at times; this was a relatively positive performance from the home side which sealed the double over Old Yardleians and the maximum 5 points. Onwards to Silhillians RFC next week who have had mixed results so far this season, but are always tough opposition.