Uttoxeter 87 - 0 Willenhall
Clubs Biggest Victory at Midlands 3
Uttoxeter racked up thirteen tries in a comprehensive demolition of Willenhall, the 87 - 0 result is Uttoxeter's biggest win at this level. Uttoxeter were without regulars Matt Nance, Cal Shaw, Dan Henderson, Adam Smith, James Williams and Si Francis due to unavailability/injury and regulars Paul Draycott Ant Davies were unfortunate on just missing out on first XV selection but the club still fielded a very strong side.
Uttoxeter started with ferocious intensity and steam rolled into Willenhall's half. The visitors tackled but the sheer number of phases that Uttoxeter bombarded them with caused them loose shape, with space out wide Lewis Bain through a wide pass out and this was latched onto by onrushing prop Adam Tortoishell, he cut through the Willenhall defence and headed for the line only to be denied by a cover tackled just 2 meters short. Uttoxeter played a few further phases before Alex Rock released lock Andy Cleare to crash over the line and touch down from short range. Tom Sherratt was on target with the extras to give Uttoxeter a 7 - 0 lead.
Uttoxeter then score immediately from the restart, Uttoxeter fielded the kick and moved the ball infield Jack Bostock set up contact in the midfield and the ball was sent out wide Bain drew a defender before putting Henry Knox clean through. The centre then sprinted into Willenhall's half before weaving past the final defender before sprinting in to diver over the line in-between the posts. Sherratt was on target with the extras to give Uttoxeter a 14 - 0 lead.
Just minutes later and Uttoxeter were crossing for their third, Bain broke through the midfield and offloaded out of the tackle to James Gill, the Flanker shrugged off a tackle and sprinted for the corner only for an excelled cover tackle from Willenhal's fullback to deny Gill 5 meters short, however Gill offloaded and the ball bobble loose. Winger Tom Gallimore had followed up the break in support and was rewarded for his efforts as he scooped up the loose ball and dived over the line. Sherrat hit his third conversion of the afternoon to give Uttoxeter a 21-0 lead with less than 20 minutes on the clock.
Uttoxeter soon picked up the 4 try bonus point with Matt Williams crossing in the corner. Uttoxeter were awarded a penalty and kicked into touch to give a line out deep in Willenhal's half, Jack Bostock was on target with the throw and Cleare popped off the top enabling Rock to spin out wide. Owen Humphries took broke through the midfield and took contact, with Uttoxeter winning quick ball the backs were released and swift hands released supporting Fullback Williams into space out wide where he accelerated past the cover to touch down out wide. Sherratt put in an excellent touch line kick to convert the 4th to make the score 28 - 0.
Adam Tortoishell then suffered a blow to the back and was replaced by Tom Lampitt making his first appearance for the club since suffering injury back in October.
The next passage of play saw Willenhall put together their most substantial attack of the half, Uttoxeter twice gave penalties away. Initially for an offside but for then going off their feet in the ruck. Willenhall used their pack to crash the ball up tight and they edged ever closer to Uttoxeter's line. From 5 meters in front of the Uttoxeter line from the base of the ruck Willenhall picked and went again, however Captain James Gill hit the tackle and stripped the ball out of the hands of the opposition he broke free and sprinted the length of the pitch past the cover to touch down. Sherratt continued adding the extras to make the score 35 - 0.
Flying winger Mark Springall score Uttoxeter's 6th of the afternoon, Knox broke through the midfield before being brought to ground, Aaron Lakin and Humphries rucked out before Rock popped off to Dan Meads, the powerful prop crashed through a tackle before going to ground and this time the ball was spun wide Sherratt carried the ball on drawing a man before releasing Springall into space. Springall sprinted upfield and accelerated past the cover on the outside to touch down in the corner. Again Sherratt was on target with another touchline conversion to make the score 42 - 0 .
Uttoxeter still had time for one more before the first half was up, Uttoxeter had been providing good ball from the line out and the final try came from Cleare and Bostock's double act once more. Rock sent the ball out and Bain through a dummy and sidestepped his opposite man to go clean through under the posts. Sherratt scored his 7th conversion in a row to give Uttoxeter a 49 - 0 lead at the break.
Uttoxeter started the second half in similar fashion pushing into Willenhall's half, however play broke down for an off the ball incident between Knox and a Willenhall resulted in Knox receive yellow for retaliation. Willenhall then enjoyed a period of pressure and territory as they made the most of their numerical advantage. They pushed into Uttoxeter's 22 and after the hosts conceded another penalty after defending a series of Willenhall attacks Willenhall opted for the scrum. However Uttoxeter had other ideas and Jake Batista-Cabrera hooked the ball against the head and enable Uttoxeter to clear their lines.
Back up to a full complement of players Uttoxeter resumed their scoring, from a scrum Lampitt picked and went setting up the ruck. The ball was moved wide and substitute Josh Gwilliam accelerated open rounded his opposite man and sprinted up the right wing he then ran infield and stepped past the fullback and sprinted in under the posts for his first try of the afternoon with his first touch of the ball. Sherratt once again added the extras. 56 - 0.
Uttoxeter's Aaron Lakin then saw yellow as he was sent to the bin following repeated infringements from Uttoxeter.
Captain James Gill then added his second from a lineout deep in Uttoxeter's half Alex Rock was caught, Uttoxeter's pack secure possession and Flanker Gill took up the scrum half's duties. He picked the ball up from the base of the ruck and ran open seeing a half gap in the mid field he cut through the Willenhall line and sprinted into the oppositions half. with one man to beat Gill looked to go infield setting up the defender before changing direction to accelerate and beat him on the outside before running in under the posts. Sherratt continued converting as the score moved to 63 - 0 .
The floodgates were open now and the try's began to flow from the kick off Gill fielded the ball and ran infield before passing the ball to 17 year old substitute full back Tom Hayes. Hayes making his home debut for the 1st XV drew the man perfectly before firing a pass out to Knox. Centre Knox then broke through the midfield eluding the tackles before rounding the last man to go in under the posts. Sherratt converted his 10th successive conversion as Uttoxeters lead grew to 70.
Captain James Gill then completed his hat trick, Batista-Cabrera stole possession and offloaded to Tortoishell, the prop them smashed through a tackle to go clean through he drew a defender before popping the ball out wide. Gill clung on to the pass with an outstretched arm and sprinted upfield with one man to beat he ran open slipping out of the would be tackler's arms to touch down in the corner, Sherratt missed for the first time with the score moving to 75 - 0.
With 6 minutes on the clock Uttoxeter were still not done, Tom Lampitt stole the ball in the lineout and broke into Willenhall's half Lakin and Cabrera rucked out before Rock moved the ball out, Fly half Bain cut through the defensive line before releasing Sherratt the centre broke free of the cover tackle and went in under the posts converting his own try to make the score 82 - 0 while bringing his own points tally up to 27 for the match.
The Final try came in the last minute of the game, from a lineout Cleare broke through and sprinted into Willnehall's half Meads and Humphries secure possession and the ball was sent wide, Bain linked with Sherratt to release Gwilliam out wide. The winger has too much pace to be caught by the cover has he touched down for Uttoxeter's 13th and final try. Sherratt 2nd miss off the afternoon saw the final score remain at 87 - 0.
The result being Uttoxeter's biggest win in Midlands 3 ever and only just falling short of the clubs biggest league win when they beat Aldridge 89 - 0 in April just two seasons earlier.
Lewis Bain was selected the 'Draycotts Estate Agents' Man of the Match
This was exactly the performance we needed, we absolutely blew Willenhall away. Willenhall were not the strongest opposition we faced this season but we were excellent. We were very clinical, I don't think we missed many opportunities we created and everything clicked for us. This was a fantastic squad performance with every player playing well. a special mention goes out to 17 year old Tom Hayes who came on at fullback for just his second 1st XV game and looks to have a lot of potential.
1 A Tortoishell ( Off 25 Lampitt) ( On 55 Bostock)
2 J Bostock ( Off 55 Tortoishell)
3 D Meads
4 A Cleare
5 O Humphries
6 A Lakin
7 J Gill (Captain)
8 J Batista Cabrera
9 A Rock
10 L Bain
11 M Springall
12 H Knox
13 T Sherratt
14 T Gallimore ( Off 55 Gwilliam)
15 M Williams ( Off 60 Hayes)
16 T Lampitt (On 25 Tortoishell)
17 J Gwilliam (On 55 Gallimore)
18 T Hayes (On 60 Williams)
J Gill (3)
H Knox (2)
J Gwilliam (2)
T Sherratt ( 11 from 13 )