“ Verulamians RFC 46 pts – Watford RFC 10 pts
This was a rewarding, well deserved result for Vees and their captain James Hayes. Lifting the Herts Trophy on the Saracens Allianz Park pitch enabled the side to show how far they had come under the coaching of Tom Ross during the year. Right from the start, apart for the gifted interception try within the first five minutes, Vees systematically built up the pressure on the brave Watford defence until the ferocious tackling started to gain ground and assault Watford’s goal line. So within 15 minutes wing forward Sam Townsend burst out of a melee and scored far out, which the assured boot of Full Back Alex Ricci duly converted to make it 7 – 5. This narrow advantage was maintained by Watford’s tenacious defence until Michael Hollister, who had an outstanding, attacking game drove over from the base of a scrum some 15 mtrs out to bring the Half Time score to 14 – 5.
It was during this period of constant attack that Watford lost the significant services of their No.8 to one of James Hayes numerous crunching tackles during the match.
After the break Vees resumed their relentless attacks and through Eion Aherne, Sam Allen plus some conversions and penalties by Alex Ricci ripped the score along to 34 – 5. This created a ‘game over’ scenario for plucky Watford within 15 mins. Not wishing to rest on their laurels Vees Joe Baker shrugged off a tackle for a try, the conversion of which was surprisingly missed by the steady Alex Ricci. So, with the score at 39 – 5, Tom Ross the player / coach substituted himself for Jack Alyson at fly half and promptly chipped the ball over the heads of the advancing Watford defence and collected the bouncing ball to add Vees cheeky final try, which Alex Ricci converted to raise the score to 46 – 5.
Watford in the dying seconds of the match fought their way into Vees half and Martin Lee, in bullock fashion, drove over the Vees line to rescue some points and make the final whistle record a great 46 – 10 victory for the Verulamians RFC of Cotlandswick. “
Updated 00:17 - 18 May 2016 by Paul McGoohan