A Sloppy start sees Girls unbeaten run come to an end
Competing in a 4 way competition at Buckingham Tows , come second.
Arriving at Buckingham with only 14 players Tows knew they would be in for a tough afternoon.
3 lots of 24 min games with no subs meant everyone had to stand up and be counted.
The first game was against Home team Buckingham. Unfortunately the Tows girls did not turn up for the first 10 mins and some sloppy tackling saw Bucks fly off to a 10-nil advantage.
If nothing else this Tows team are battlers, gradually they came back into the game with some brilliant support play. A break round the blind side by Ellie Harrison starting at 9 saw Tows pull one back. The pressure was all Tows who found themselves camped on the Buckingham try line, some stout defending keeping Tows out. 10-5 at half time. Some good support play by Buckingham saw them go over for a third. The pressure was now on and Tows picked their game up again.Number 6 Daisy went off injured and Tows were down to 13 players. Some amazing off loads and recycling was putting the home side on the back foot, centers Jasmine and Nell deserving praise for their direct running.A knock to super solid number 8 Anna Woodman saw her leave the field and Tows were down to 12 players.This did not stop the steam train that Tows were becoming. The pressure eventually told with number 7 Annabelle Lutz pouncing on a lose ball and running in a try. For the 2nd kick in a row full back Sinead Parkers conversion hitting the metal work.
Unfortunately there was no more time and a mightily relieved Buckingham walked off winners.15-10.
Next up was Aylesbury, the Tows girls continued in the same frame of mind, aggression levels were up. Captain Caitlin Donohue leading by example, her tackle count for the afternoon was outstanding. Direct running by second row Aria Lowden having the best game she has played this season saw her go over for the first try. Stand in number 10 Bella Taylor weaving her way through the Aylesbury defense saw her score under the posts. Sinaed converting this one. Half time 12-0. The second half saw Aylesbury make some changes and bring on fresh players. Tows always a small team were taking down girls twice heir size a strapped up Daisy Boyce making some brave tackles.Eventually they pulled a try back, never to be out done the work rate went up again and some smart handling saw both wingers Lilli Ferguson and Molly Roberts ( playing her second game) being involved and a second try of the afternoon for Ellie. Final score 17-5.
The last game versus Banbury and Bletchley cluster. Tows switched a few players around, Bella Taylor playing her usual position of scrum half began to dictate the game. A well deserved try for Nell after some determined running opened the scoring, her half back partner Bella going over for the next. Tows pack began to dominate Kira, Polly , Aria and Caitlin scooping up all the lose balls and dominating in the rucks.Annabelle luntz cant stop scoring and went over the try line again converting this the score 17-0 at half time.
Bletchley girl Incillia scored a great individual try after some seriously strong running. As ever this saw Tows pick it up a gear again Captain fantastic Catlin scoring.This was soon followed by now on the wing Ellie scoring a third of the afternoon. Luntzy was in the thick of it again after some brilliant team work saw us in their 22. A high tackle on her saw a quick tap and go by her and she went over the try line with 3 Banbury players on her back. Sinead converted again final score 34-5.
All in all not a bad afternoon in the office. A slack first 10 mins against Buckingham the only blight, you never lose a game if you take something from it though. The players have to be switched on from the word go and the coaches learnt a bit about selection policy.
This team is growing with every game, their team spirit is as good as any I have seen and the 7 new girls in their first season never looking out of place. Next week sees us traveling to Peterborough before our national cup game on the 16th against Ellingham and Ringwood. As ever this has been written by one very proud coach.