Champagne Rugby !
Despite losing a number of key players to the 1st XV due to injuries, the 2nd team fielded a strong team with the usual mix of youth and experience. Notable debutants were Jack Rowley, Ben Barnes and Joe Garner in the backs and Chris Goggin in the forwards. The game started equally but Stafford scored an early try with a powerful short range try, Uttoxeter hit back almost immediately with a try of their own. It was clear that the two teams were playing very contrasting rugby, Uttoxeter were running the ball whenever possible whereas Stafford were kicking for position then using their powerful pack to score when close to the Uttoxeter line. Stafford scored next followed by three more home tries leaving the half time score at 26 – 12. Half time saw the introduction of Chris Goggin and Brud Shaw who immediately halted an almost certain Stafford try. There was talk at half time of Uttoxeter playing “champagne rugby” and as the Stafford pack tired, the pacey Uttoxeter back line led by veteran Matt Williams and his older brother Jim were making penetrating runs from all over the field. The spritely pairing of Joe Garner and Ben Barnes were causing all sorts of problems for Stafford and there were a number of fine individual and team tries, the best being a thundering run from captain Russ Astbury, he then offloaded to Chris Goggin who brushed off three tackles to feed the Williams brothers who’s slick handling resulted in Joe Garners’ 3rd try of the day, converted again by Ben Barnes who had an impressive day from the tee with 7 out of 10 conversions made. A magnificent squad performance which takes the team to third in the table with the next game against top of the table Willenhall on the 14th October.
Team - Ewan Pheaton, Harley Finlayson, Alex Lloyd, Jonny Calladine, Evan Foster, Will Hulme (2 Tries), Jim Williams (Try), Russell Astbury, Tom Hayes, Paul Draycott, Johannes Bould (Try), Matt Williams, Joe Garner (3 Tries), Luke Jones, Ben Barnes (2 Tries, 7 Conversions), Lee Carter, Richard Shaw, Chris Goggin, Jack Rowley (Try)