Sedge 2nds give it a good go
Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy R1
Less than an hour before kick-off and you have 9 men…not the best prep work for the opening game of the season, especially when it’s a derby fixture! But Sedge rallied the troops and turned out a side that had age ranges stretching from father (Tony…47 my guess?) to son (Josh, 16). Alongside Ellison Jnr making their debuts were packman Jamie Smart, 42, and Jack Appleyard – half the age of his fellow debutant!
Sedge, making their debut in this tournament following previous years in the Pennine Supplementary Cup, started very slow going down the hill and sloppily allowed the ‘Green Machine’ of West B cross for an early 10-0 lead. However, Odsal started working the channels and shutting up shop at the back and things started to happen.
Boovey gave us a foothold in the game with a trademark try from one yard out before a beautifully orchestrated move set up the equalising score. Scrim, Harry and Jonny Ward executed an Aussie around 40 yards out, Crapshag then passed it on to DT and looped around the flank to collect his LeBron James basketball-esque style offload before steaming into the bottom corner and using never-before-seen upper body strength to barrel straight over the opposing full back and crash over in the bottom corner. Yes I am bigging this try up. I felt like a prop bloody forward steam-rolling that lad. GINGER WARRIOR MODE OOOSH!!
Sedge had opportunities to score more, the closest falling to John ‘GB’ Adams who had the presence of mind (I know right…he used his mind.. WTF!?) to kick long on a free play and was unlucky to not quite get the grounding after his 80 yard chase-down. In defence newbie Jamie Smart made a series of impressive tackles down the middle, a few of which came from marker. Can’t remember the last time Sedge have had a forward able to sprint after a scooter from marker and make the tackle!
Bowling capitalised on an error in our 20 early in the second stanza to instantly retake the lead, but great support work from Harry Lund saw him collect an offload fully stretched out, keep his footing, and plonk one under the sticks. He says this was his first try in about 5 years!
Tiring legs and Bowling targeting those with niggling injuries saw them cross a few more times to late on to give the scoreline a much more convincing look than it really was. All in all a great effort from the lads and certainly a solid platform to build on for the upcoming season.
The biggest let down of all came from the 2 Spud Brothers, aka the Judas Clan. Swanning off to watch the Bulls and leave us in the lurch. I hope you both get absolutely creamed in the next match! Closing notes: Fabien Victor Miller managed to finish the match and not be half dead for once and apparently Meaty played 7 for a bit in this match…ok then...
Moment of the Match: Jack Appleyard somehow made a one-one-one try saving tackle to hold Pidge up over the line under sticks. It was an unbelievable bit of defence. If Sedge did a Man of Steel award at the end of the season he would deffo get it just based on this one tackle alone!
J.Ward, F.Miller, D.Terry, J.Adams, J.Ellison, S.Scrimshaw, L.Barnes, K.Terry, R.Booth, D.Chapman, J.Smart, H.Lund, K.Fawthrop SUBS: J.Appleyard, T.Ellison
Tries: Booth, Ward, Lund