“ Verulamians RFC 22 pts ---Finchley RFC 46 pts
This result appears to destine Vees for another season in LONDON NW 3 after what was a very encouraging pre – Christmas period. Four straight defeats and a succession of injuries, plus non – availability culminated on Saturday to an unexpected defeat at the hands of a well – drilled Finchley XV marshalled by a tactically savvy fly – half who on occasions ran riot with a confident set of direct, pacey backs.
Their ability was aided and abetted by Vees in the first half losing their talented substitute fly – half Cameron Craig with a sprained wrist, centre Billy Sach with concussion and back Tom Bloomfield with a muscle pull.
Finchley had issued a warning from the very beginning when they tore in with a high speed goal after just 5 minutes and backed this up with another within 10 minutes to make it 3 -- 14 . Although under territorial pressure from Finchley throughout the half Ben Russell with one of his centre field runs, broke a succession of tackles to score miraculously between the posts to redress the score to 10 – 14, only to see that stretched at half – time to 10 – 17 when Vees gave away a stupid penalty right in front of their posts.
Feeling in generous mode they then on the second half re – start gave away a simple interception to make it 10 – 24. By then Vees were scrapping for possession, but bustling Joe Baker snatched a try from a line – out deep in Finchley’s defence zone to make it 15 –24. But by then Finchley’s willy fly – half was dictating play and set about finishing Vees off by creating two unconverted tries for his outsides to extend their score to 15 – 36. It was then that Vees finally realised that the new found back – row, aggressive ball carrying skills of Tim Fretter, Luke Bell, Joe Baker and the up and coming Charlie Deacon plus Sam Crowne could present serious problems for the opposition. However, all their hard endeavour involved ball spillage and after Ben Russell, with footballing skills, had scored a goal, Finchley’s tireless, tricky No.10 set up another two unconverted tries to record a 22 – 46 merited victory over Vees and destine them to another recovery season in London NW 3.”
TTFN --- Max Schroeder – Verulamians RFC
Updated 10:23 - 17 Apr 2018 by Paul McGoohan