No January Blues for Guildford Vets (but lots of G&T's!)
A Cup Match Worthy Of Welcoming In The New Year
Welshy's Words of Wisdom - “No January Blues for Guildford Vets"
Dusting off the Crimbo Cobwebs, Guildford Vets players returning from Injury and Family commitments , were eager to prove their worth. With the club balcony full of supporters, and a full car park (even cars parked on the further fields) surely the first round of the Cup would produce some “CUP magic”.
Indeed it did, with Camberley and Guildford throwing the ball around and both teams putting in some excellent tackles. Camberley started the Game with the most intensity- proving that they wish to Join Guildford in the Premier league of Vets rugby. Guildford were not willing to let the visitors get the upper hand and excellent kicking through Playdoh, gained some good territory and succeeded with an early penalty for Scoops.
It was this intensity that gave Camberley the first try of the game following some rampaging from their Back row and their number 8….scoring under the posts -it was easily converted. With seconds remaining of the first half Guildford were awarded a penalty in Camberley's 22. Ignoring the shouts of take the kick echoing in his ears scoops planted a superb touch finder to put the Guildford pack within striking distance of the Camberley line. With shouts of NO, the Guildford lineout was successful and Axel Maguire was driven over by the rest of the pack to score one of his trade mark tries - buried under a sea of bodies, conversion missed. Game on 8-7 at half time.
The second half continued as the first half had with both teams putting in some Physical , try saving tackles but with 20 minutes remaining Guildford broke the deadlock. An excellent box kick by scoops on the halfway line landed just shy of the Camberley 22, and Will Page, returning to Guildford Vets for his first run out of the season, galloped onto the ball and charged for the line. Ignoring Tommy's shouts on his outside, Pagey charged over the line leaving three defenders in his wake (I am sure I heard a cry for oxygen escape from his lips just after touching down) for his first of two tries in the match. Scoops missed the conversion in front of the posts (earning him the coveted “DUNSE of the day" award after the game} 13-7 to Guildford. Squeaky bum time ensued as Camberley pressed for that oh so coveted win. With Guildford's defence holding strong and great kicking from Playdoh again, Guildford eventually cleared their lines. From a line out on the Camberley 22, Guildford pack drove the maul on (looking like another Axel trade mark try coming up). But no Pagey broke clear from the back of the maul from 10meters out and galloped over the line for his second try. Scoops atoned for his previous miss and slotted the conversion with just under 5minutes left - 20-7. There was an audible sigh of relief from the Guildford squad and management team standing in the technical box on the side of the pitch. Right on the stroke of full time Camberley scored a consolation second try.
This Cup Match certainly entertained the crowd.
Final Score: Guildford Vets 20, Camberley Gin & Tonics 12