Last Gasp Score Robs Walsall
Walsall 25 Bournville 26
Yet another dramatic finish for Walsall. They have now been involved in ten close encounters during this season.
Bournville, with the breeze in their favour, made a better start and were soon ahead. They capitalised on a poor clearance kick and moved the ball wide for winger Mbano to cross wide out. Warner put over a good conversion to establish a seven point lead in less than two minutes. But the hosts worked their way up field and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Wood put over the kick, but he, like the rest of the team, would have preferred to have been given some time to play an advantage.
The visitors extended their lead when they drove forward off a scrum near the Walsall line. Prop forward Coles eventually squirming over and Warner converting. It was late in the half before Walsall hit back. Centre Roger Weston collect a clearance kick and made a superb forty meter run before passing to prop forward Pete Fitzgerald. He powered his way over in the corner from ten yards out. Half time was reached with Matt Wood slotting a superb thirty meter penalty from wide out.
The first quarter of the second half was dominated by Walsall. They scored two tries, but were also guilty of wasting other opportunities. Some delightful footwork saw centre Weston cut through to score near the posts after ten minutes of the half. Another sweeping attack was finished in style by winger Alex Greenslade eight minutes later. Wood converted both scores and his team were 25 – 14 up. They still held this eleven point advantage with just ten minutes left. Bournville, once again, relied on their forwards to bulldoze their way towards the Walsall line. Eventually prop forward Coles was driven over for his second try which Warner converted. It seemed that the hosts had done enough to hang on for a deserved victory as the game was deep in injury time. But the referee had already penalised Walsall, rather controversially, on several occasions. The final penalty was moved wide for winger Mbano to squeeze over near the corner flag. Although the conversion was missed the rather ‘unpopular’ referee blew the final whistle to give the visitors a victory by one solitary point.