Newbury made a bright start to their last home game of the season against mid-table Old Patesians. But 9 minutes on the clock, and the visitors showed their superior weight and experience to drive the Newbury scrum back 5 metres and open the scoring.
Three minutes later and things got worse when the referee dished out a yellow card to Eddie CLEAL
for a silly hands in the ruck offence. Yes it was stupid, but there was no advantage gained and there had been string of offences leading up to up, so why start with the cards? Another referee, another day. And on the back of that, 7 man Newbury were driven backwards and the big man emerging with the ball barged his way down the line for a second try.
On 18 minutes Dan THORNE
replied with a penalty. Jaco MEYER
then came close with a great run, before Thorne slotted another on 25 minutes to bring it back to 10-6. Then on 35 minutes he did it again, so we were 10-9. So Old Pats had been offending persistently for 10 minutes and because of the stupidity with Cleal, every hint of an offence had the Newbury crowd baying for a yellow card. Finally it came as the visitors’ 14 tackled Jaco MEYER
off the ball. Dan THORNE
kicked a fourth penalty and Newbury were leading.
So Newbury went to half time 2 points and a man up for the next 10 minutes.
Newbury failed to capitalise and 7 minutes into the second half Old Pats made good ground from a driving maul before scoring in the corner. Three minutes later they were penalised for blocking off in the lineout and Thorne slotted his fifth of the day. Fifteen all!
However just before the three-quarter mark on the clock, Patesians produced another driving maul to score a fourth try. And then they did it again, and for the first time their kicker managed to convert, so it was 27-15.
Newbury looked as though they were now going to lose out to Patesians’ superior power. However, living on scraps as they were, they still looked more likely to score than the visitors, and great runs by Alex Kane, then William Spencer (twice) only needed someone to finish them off.
Then Dan THORNE
put up a magnificent cross-field kick and Tom SANDERS
leapt for it but the catch eluded him by the merest fraction. At this point we were still 27-15 and that would have been about fair. But in the dying seconds Old Patesians ran away to score two further tries to give the scoreline a rather unrepresentative edge, 39-15.
Man of the match was Alex MILLAR
- forever involved, the ball seemed to follow him round the pitch like a magnet.
Newbury: Sanders(Trott 79), Flynn, Millar; Erskine, Taylor(Stronge 74); Love, Maher, Cleal; Kane, D.Thorne; Denner, Meyer, Martin, Chamunorwa; W.Spencer(Futcher 75)