2 weeks ago
By Paul McGoohan
Both Vee's sides win at the weekend.
“ Finchley 12 pts – Verulamians RFC 15 pts.
This was a vital game for Vees to win to maintain their morale and quest to regain the top spot in their LONDON NW3 League. They did it in style and could easily have won by a greater margin.
Finchley, a sound, hard tackling side impressed early on and eventually scored a goal to go up 7 – 0 after ten minutes. Vees then found their feet and their forwards established a game plan that had their opposition reeling backwards at times. This produced sufficient pressure for Finchley to concede a penalty some 40 mtrs out which Alex Ricci slotted over with ease. The rest of the half showed Vees growing dominance up front in both the line out and set piece scrums. The second row duo of gritty Sam Perry and Dan Barnes forged a forceful spearhead with James Hayes, Josh Lawrence, Joe Baker backing up all the time. This pressure created advantage after advantage and Sam Perry eventually bludgeoned his way over to make the half time score 8 – 7.
With Adam Rees at scrum half and Felipe Dellinger outside him they then tactically set about dominating the second half and releasing Ben Russell and Josh Lawrence to create trouble for the fierce tackling Finchley back division. In the end after a few disallowed tries Josh Lawrence stole over the line to enable Ricci to convert and give Vees a 15 – 7 lead. Then right at the close of a very extended half Finchley got a goal back.
Vees game rationale had changed for the better and star performances from young Jake Lawrence, Poulier and Joe Breeze has set them up, in two weeks time, to give Old Merchant Taylors RFC something to think about when they visit Cotlandswick. After that it is the return local derby match with St. Albans RFC at Boggymead “
TTFN --- Max Schroeder ---
Special mention that the 2nd XV, with 6 of last years colts, drubbed Chess Valley RFC 48 – 7 to maintain their top position in their Herts Merit Table League.
Updated 02:39 - 15 Dec 2017 by Paul McGoohan