Wold Overwhelm West Norfolk As Both Teams Battle Arctic Conditions
Wold's Finishing Leads To A Dominate Performance Away From Home
Written by David Vaughan
West opened the scoring on four minutes following a good spell of possession ending in their forwards driving over the Wold line but they missed their conversion from close to the posts following a complete miss kick thanks to the ball being moved by the huge cross wind, just at the wrong moment.
Almost immediately Wold won good scrum ball and Callum Anthony at 10 made a terrific break down the right hand side and slipped the ball back inside to Sammy Harmer who sprinted in under the posts to put Wold's nose back in front at 7 - 5 as he also made the easy conversion
Ten minutes later Callum Anthony was at it again as he broke away from a quickly taken penalty and this time put in James Barton for his first of three tries on the day and with the conversion good the Wold lead stretched to 5 - 14
Barton then became provider as his pace beat the West defence and he put in Sammy Harmer for his second try but his wind affected conversion attempt went just wide
Ten minutes before half time the score moved to 5 - 26 when Wold were awarded a penalty try under the posts for West collapsing the scrum on their own try line, and it meant another automatic seven points to the visitors
That man Callum Anthony then broke the West line again and put in James Barton for his second try and Wold's lead moved to 12 - 33 with five minutes to go until the break but West got a try of their own on the stroke of half time.
It came from a penalty five yards out and although they were right under the posts they bravely took it quickly, refusing the three points, and it paid off as their huge No 5 crashed over to bring the score, following the conversion, to 12 - 33 at half time
In the second half Wold were at it right from the kick off and were awarded a scrum 10 metres from the West line. A great scrum gave them good ball and the pack simply kept possession repeatedly driving for the line with Zak Loader eventually forcing his way over, wide on the right. Comically, the wind blew the conversion attempt nearly in to the Wash at ninety degrees to where the kick started but Wold were another five points to the good at 12 - 38
A West prop then suffered an injury and with no other available front row replacement, the scrums then went uncontested for the last quarter of the game. As often happens all spark then went out of the encounter and coupled with the freezing temperatures and horizontal wind driven snow flurries, the players, spectators and even the referee himself really just needed to hear the final whistle. The result and the points were not in doubt but the game degenerated in to more of a training session as opposed to a league match.
Wold did score two more converted tries before everyone rushed to the warmth of the Clubhouse. James Barton sprinted in for his hat-trick and well and truly proved he is now over his painful heel injury and the final try went to Skipper James Hall as he went on one of his special and familiar unstoppable charges at amazing pace to score just left of the posts and make the final score 12 - 52 to Wold
Joint MOM : Rob Owles, Chris Aldous, James Barton, Callum Anthony
Arn the Wold !!!