Ravens illness stricken team head to Northampton Demons
N.E.W Ravens open age travelled away to Midlands Premiere Champions Northampton Demons with an illness and work commitment dogged side of 10 men and a Spartan spirit. Ravens with 4 loaned players conceded the first inevitable try after 8 minutes before Ravens returned 2 trys in 3 minutes to race into an 8-6 lead, which Ravens held until 26 minutes when the Northampton 20 man squad used the advantage and touched in a series of trys ending the first half 38-8.
The second half was a repeat of the first with Northampton scoring first and Ravens replying 10 minutes later in a tough arm wrestle, which continued until the 64th minute when the lack of rotation hit the Ravens allowing Northampton to take advantage of the increasing tiring side and score some more. Ravens injuries compounded the problem as numbers on the pitch dropped to 12 and then 11. Ravens were beaten but not the don’t ever give up spirit continued, when Raven Liam Dunne scored in the 73rd minute with a try straight between the sticks allowing David Wimbury to convert and give the Ravens a respectable 20 point tolley. Ravens begrudged the 78 point total but drew great pride in denting the Demons pregame target, which was to focus on defence. The hardened Ravens team believe this day of adversity would leave the club stronger and more determined.
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