Southam 2's vs Spartans 2's - League fixture, 28 October 2017
Southam win the first half and defend like demons in the second
Southam won the toss and chose to play with the wind in the first half, playing towards the clubhouse. The tactic worked as Southam kicked to the corner from open play, gaining territory and Southam managed to stay deep in Spartans' half. This resulted in a penalty for Southam directly in front of the posts for not rolling away. Josh Tolley converted the penalty putting Southam ahead. Southam were then put under some pressure with Spartans attacking their line, but help from the wind enabled Southam to kick to the corner and regain the territory advantage. At the Spartans' lineout, Southam's lock Matthew Taylor managed to steal the ball, passing it to Southam's scrum half, captain Phil Nichols, who dummied and ran through Spartans defence to score the first try of the game. Josh Tolley converted to put Southam 10-0 up.
Southam managed to regain possession and with some silky play from the Southam backs and Southam found themselves deep in Spartans' half. Nichols dummied a pass at the base of the breakdown and made metres before being tackled short of the line. Prop Adam Rumble, picked up supported by the forwards, drove over the line to score Southam's second try of the game. Due to the blustery conditions, Josh Tolley was unable to convert.
Southam found themselves on top of Spartans in most parts of the game with the exception of the scrum, where the Spartans forwards dominated the Southam forwards, even with this disadvantage, Southam continued to create try scoring opportunities, but were unable to capitalise due to forward passes and knock ons. Southam managed to dominate a scrum on the halfway line, the ball was shipped out to the Southam backs, centre Toby Page broke the line and managed to make metres with winger Ali Thorpe hot on his heels, Thorpe then stepped his way through the Spartans defence, offloading the ball to Charlie Munro, who finished in the corner with a superb dive. Tolley was unable to convert from a tight angle. At the end of the half, Southam were awarded a penalty but were unable to add the three points. At the end of the first half.
HT 20 - 0
Southam made a few changes at half time to give everyone a game, before kicking into the wind to start the second half. Spartans used the same tactics as Southam had in the first half, kicking to the corner and gaining territory. Throughout the half, Southam found it difficult to get out of their own half due to the strong wind. Southam's defence stayed true and managed to keep Spartans out with some heroic tackling from the whole team, the defence continually battled to keep out waves of pressure from the Spartans forwards and found an answer for everything the Spartans threw at them. Inevitably, the strength of Spartans broke through the tiring Southam defence. Spartans eventually managed to score two converted tries through the continual pressure. There could have been more tries had it not been for the Southam team literally putting their bodies on the line. With the score at 20-14 and the clock at 75 minutes, the conclusion of the game was very tense, both teams gave away possession with Spartans making one last gasp attempt for the line. Southam's no.8, Flo Neale, picked the Spartans' runner up with a monstrous tackle and dumped him into touch, ending the game.
FT 20 - 14
A magnificent effort by the whole defending the line in the 2nd half, Captain Phil Nichols was voted man of the match and Southam 2nds remain unbeaten in their league campaign having won four from four.