Colts get payback for recent away whooping
Despite 6 x U16s and three newbies Wold out-gunned Colchester all around the park
We visited Colchester a month ago with a 16 man squad including only 6 backs of which one was carelessly lost in the warm-up! Inevitably we were taken to the cleaners. This return fixture was hastily arranged, much anticipated and involved a number of U16s playing-up on both teams.
The game was intense from the kick-off with Southwold running multi-phases and invariably retaining possession but not releasing our strong backline. About 8 minutes in, a penalty kick for touch put us in to their 22 on the right hand side and all James's catch-and-drive sessions paid off as we masterfully drove them over their line for Callum to dot down. A great conversion out wide from Tom K added the 2 points.
We then got into our stride with some great half breaks in the backs before Guy and Tom K combined to punch a big hole in the centres but Tom K was chased down well and brought down 10m short. Support was quick and a few pick-and-goes got us a meter out before Smithy dived through the bodies to score. Another conversion from Tom K added the 2 points.
5 minutes later we found ourselves just outside their 22 on the far right again but this time the ball was spun out to find Smithy in the centres. His dogged determination and a great line saw him over the line for his second try.
I think we then became a little complacent for a short while and Colchester managed to get several turn-overs at the breakdown. We were under increasing pressure in our 22 and eventually a great running line simply carved through our ragged defensive line.
Fortunately we got our game heads back on and started to mount pressure again and were rewarded with one of the best tries of the season. A few phases up front in our half gave Harvey the opportunity to make a break in to their half, then there was some more skilful interplay between Guy and Tom K before a final pass out wide to Louie who only just kept in play to score in the corner.
The half-time score was 24-7
Both teams agreed to change their front rows to U16/17s as part of our Colts Development planning. We also got all the bench on the field so everyone had half a game.
8 minutes in to the second period Tom K, having been involved in several of our first half tries, scored one of his own after running a great line and splitting their defence. He duly converted his own try.
Colchester were never going to give-up and came back with their second try 5 minutes later.
But we piled on the pressure again with first Ed breaking through their line out and then Denzil rushing up on the backs forcing a few desperate passes backwards and eventually over their deadball line - result 5 meter scrum, our ball. Will B took the ball off the back of the scrum and, with a bit of help from his team mates, piled over the line.
We had to wait till the very end of the game to get our last try. We broke down the right where Guy and Sam C nearly took it out in to touch only to pop it back inside to a grateful and rather surprised Aiden who ambled a few meters over the line for his first Colts try.
Job done - final score 42-12 - not quite the points difference conceded in our recent encounter but mightily satisfying all the same!
Though not mentioned in this report so far the game was very well marshalled by Charles at 10 and U16s returnee, Ashley May, at 9. Having never played together before, they worked well. Quick clean and decisive ball kept us on the front foot throughout the game.