After what can only be discribed as a tourtuous week of phone calls and texting and no shortage of hard work from Paul Farrar
Saturday's squad was strong in numbers however weak in key positions.
Our last encounter with Roundhegians Vets was at their inaugural end of season Vets tournament when our vistor's ran out comfortable winners.
Pre match squad selection and warm up was very much 'off the cuff' and with the game kicking off with Sandal having the downhill advantage we were still introducing ourselves to each other.
It was immediately apparent that 'hegians knew each other very well as they ran good lines and offloaded well in the tackle. The early exchanges were marred by 'hegians infringing at the breakdown with players off their feet and spoiling quick ball. With scrums being uncontested possession was clean however this affected the flow of the game for both sides. After another 'hegians player doing his best to spoil was penalized, Sandal took at quick tap to expolit the fractured defence with Simon Ferguson
offlaoding to Paul Farrar
in support and then through to Jonathan Ross
cutting a great line from fullback and swatting off defenders to score under the posts. Bob Adams
adding the extra's. The rest of the half was a war of attrition with 'hegians forcing play up field and Sandal knocking them back.
Halftime score 7-0
The second half showed a number of changes, Simon Ferguson
, Ian Ellis and Andy making way for Stuart Bloomfield
, Nick Mazerella and Ray Halie.
It became clear very quickly that 'hegians were now to play things closer to the fringes and with Sandal now not meeting the foray's at the gainline holes started to appear. In a burst of 10 minutes 'hegians crossed the Sandal whitewash 3 times converting 2 of those tries. Sandal's started to run with ball in hand breaching the vistor's defence only for the ball to be spilt and the wrong pass to be made. After all the the hard work in defence and the effort shown by debutant's Ian Walker
and Ray Halie and with Simon Enwright
returning to the field of battle after some 12 year's away the beer didn't taste quite as good as it should and the bloody England score didn't help either.
Onwards and upwards as Harrogate await next week!!