It was a cold day for rugby last Saturday at legends lane with the wind beating the top field pitch for the mighty 4’s encounter with the very large Fullerians.
After the warm up words were said along the lines of play our usual game plan don’t deviate or be dominated by the forward strength of the team.
After Agincourt the toss was lost to the visitors who chose end and kick to be corrected by the ref they can have either but not both!
As is becoming more of the norm these days the mighty 4’s laid down the law with a bursting Run and two hand offs from captain Mark in the first 30 seconds lifting the team in the process and showing this match was to be taken to the opposition, it also signalled that captain mark was going to be knackered for the next 15 minutes and would need recovery time!
Veteran scrum half the yappy dog Steve
Mays bossed the forwards about during the match calling them into the breakdown and pulling the poor Lemmings out when they were not needed, a job he does most weeks without mention or accolade so here’s your name check maysie!
It wasn’t long before the mighty 4’s scored with beautiful hands through the backs eventually Marc Anderson on his swansong match prior to travelling the world burst through to score, fat boy Mark Ellis
converting for the extras.
Knock ons and unforced errors dominated the game with the forwards having to hold the fullerians at the scrum as best they could and slowing the game so the forwards could catch their breath, George Briggs was awesome and EPIC off the back of the scrum disrupting their free play and earning himself a little handbags moment where he showed even 18 year olds can jump upwards to punch the tall man and make an impact, (the fiery red head said).
further pressure from letchworth a charged down clearance again by that man Marc Anderson claimed another try for Mark Ellis
to convert again leaving the second half ready to get to work!
The second half did not quite go as planned the tiring fullers forwards found a bit of a second wind pressurising the letchworth defence however the secret weapon was debutants Paddy Allen & George Henry dropping onto the back row for their first ever senior match, they both showed tenacity and strength in the scrum and all over the pitch running like fresh rutting stags on a foggy spring morning, reminding most of the letchworth and Fullers pack how they used to be able to do that in their heads still can .......it just doesn’t make it from the brain to the rest of the body!
The next letchworth try was a work of genius, Maysie and Oughton who had argued with the captains decisions on penalties throughout the match (dont kick for touch....lets take it quickly....go for posts ......ill do it ........no you do it.....I like your hair.....your shorts are tight......i’m not wearing any pants.....there’s a car over there I am going to bark at!), Fullers were expecting the same deliberations on the 22 when veteran full back Mark “the Moaner” Hett strolled up waited until fullers turned to walk back to the line tapped ran in to the dismay of the fullers captain, however in fairness none of the letchworth team knew he was going to do it ...... why should they!
So the match ended with late sub Aiden (with an A) Price coming onto the pitch with 10 minutes to go putting in 2 great tackles getting in a punch up and then it was time for the 4th xv HAKA to celebrate another league win as the mighty 4’s with the youngest average age of the season shows the strength and depth in the club and how the future is secure