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1st XV - Match centre

Walsall
Crewe & Nantwich
M Benson, R Angell, J Williamson, J Williams
Tries
T Baldwin, E Spibey, D Hull, C Sproston
J Crowhurst (2), R Weston
Conversions
J Little, J Little, J Little, J Little
R Angell
Penalties
J Little, J Little, J Little
Drop Goals
J Little
Sat 12 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 West Full time

WALSALL IMPROVE BUT NOT ENOUGH

Walsall 29 Crewe & Nantwich 40

A Walsall team, after their heavy defeat in their first league game, showed seven changes for their first match of the new season at Delves Road. This ‘new team’ produced a vastly improved performance and showed that they are capable of achieving some better results in their forthcoming matches.
Even this match could have resulted in a closer score because both teams scored four tries. But the Cheshire team had an outstanding kicker, in Jamie Little. The centre three-quarter was successful with all of his kicks. He converted, from difficult positions, all four of his teams tries and also kicked three penalties and a drop goal. He opened the scoring with an early penalty and converted a try by full back Baldwin. A Rob Angell penalty opened the scoring for Walsall after centre Roger Weston had made a superb catch from a high kick. The host then levelled the scores after twenty minutes with a spectacular try. It came as a result of a counter attack from deep in their own half. The diminutive figure of winger Richard Fearnhead set off on a jinking, sixty meter run that saw him beat five defenders before passing to lock forward Mike Benson to go through for the try near the posts. Jack Crowhurst added the conversion. Five minutes later the Walsall pack were in the same area of the pitch driving the ball forward after a lineout. The ball was released and fly half Angell showed great strength to break through the defence for a score under the posts. Crowhurst added the conversion to give Walsall a 17 – 10 lead. Further pressure created scoring opportunities for the hosts, but vital passes were either not delivered or went astray and the chances were missed. The visitors, however, established their match winning lead just before half time. Little kicked a penalty as Walsall conceded possession at the restart. It was a similar situation five minutes later as the hosts failed to maintain possession as they were mounting a promising attack. The loose ball was gathered and after an exchange of passes, winger Spibey ran in a try from fifty meters.
Two converted tries early in the second half saw Crewe & Nantwich extend their league. They scored the first after they set up a counter attack with flanker Hull breaking through Walsall tackles for the try. It was replacement Sproston that scored the next after some good support play. Walsall continued to threaten during the last quarter with the backrow of Matt James,Jeffrey Williamson and debutant Reece Bennett very evident. It was No8 Williamson that got Walsall their third try as he broke away from a forward drive to secure the touchdown. A Little penalty helped to settle the nerves of the visitors. But a fine counter attack gave the hosts their bonus point try. Full back Chris Mould made good ground before passing to John Josh Williams. He showed great speed and determination to go through for a try on his debut for his new club. Weston’s conversion closed the gap, but a Little drop goal during the closing minutes was to be the final score of an entertaining encounter.

Key moments

3:00
Penalty Jamie Little kicks a penalty for Crewe & Nantwich
5:00
Try Tom Baldwin scores for Crewe & Nantwich
6:00
Conversion Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
10:00
Penalty Robert Angell kicks a penalty for Walsall
24:00
Try Michael Benson scores for Walsall
25:00
Conversion Jack Crowhurst kicks a conversion for Walsall
30:00
Try Robert Angell scores for Walsall
31:00
Conversion Jack Crowhurst kicks a conversion for Walsall
32:00
Penalty Jamie Little kicks a penalty for Crewe & Nantwich
34:00
Try Eddie Spibey scores for Crewe & Nantwich
35:00
Conversion Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
45:00
Try Dan Hull scores for Crewe & Nantwich
46:00
Conversion Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
49:00
Try Chris Sproston scores for Crewe & Nantwich
50:00
Conversion Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
58:00
Try Jeffery Williamson scores for Walsall
62:00
Penalty Jamie Little kicks a penalty for Crewe & Nantwich
74:00
Try John Josh Williams scores for Walsall
75:00
Conversion Roger Weston kicks a conversion for Walsall
77:00
Drop Goal Jamie Little scores a drop goal for Crewe & Nantwich

Highlights

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77:00 Drop Goal 29 - 40
Jamie Little scores a drop goal for Crewe & Nantwich
62:00 Penalty 22 - 37
Jamie Little kicks a penalty for Crewe & Nantwich
50:00 Conversion 17 - 34
Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
49:00 Try 17 - 32
Chris Sproston scores for Crewe & Nantwich
46:00 Conversion 17 - 27
Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
45:00 Try 17 - 25
Dan Hull scores for Crewe & Nantwich
End of period 1
35:00 Conversion 17 - 20
Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
34:00 Try 17 - 18
Eddie Spibey scores for Crewe & Nantwich
32:00 Penalty 17 - 13
Jamie Little kicks a penalty for Crewe & Nantwich
6:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Jamie Little kicks a conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
5:00 Try 0 - 8
Tom Baldwin scores for Crewe & Nantwich
3:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Jamie Little kicks a penalty for Crewe & Nantwich
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As it happened

  • Walsall
  • Crewe & Nantwich
  • 0
  • Jamie Little Penalty 3:00'
  • Tom Baldwin Try 5:00'
  • Jamie Little Conversion 6:00'
  • Robert Angell Penalty 10:00'
  • Michael Benson Try 24:00'
  • Jack Crowhurst Conversion 25:00'
  • Robert Angell Try 30:00'
  • Jack Crowhurst Conversion 31:00'
  • Jamie Little Penalty 32:00'
  • Eddie Spibey Try 34:00'
  • Jamie Little Conversion 35:00'
  • Dan Hull Try 45:00'
  • Jamie Little Conversion 46:00'
  • Chris Sproston Try 49:00'
  • Jamie Little Conversion 50:00'
  • Jeffery Williamson Try 58:00'
  • Jamie Little Penalty 62:00'
  • John Josh Williams Try 74:00'
  • Roger Weston Conversion 75:00'
  • Jamie Little Drop Goal 77:00'

Team selection

Mould, Chris Mould, Chris
Fearnhead, Richard Fearnhead, Richard
Crowhurst, Jack Crowhurst, Jack
Weston, Roger Weston, Roger
Naylor, Paul Naylor, Paul
Angell, Robert Angell, Robert
Pittaway, Neil Pittaway, Neil
Williamson, Jeffery Williamson, Jeffery
Bennett, Reece Bennett, Reece
James, Matt James, Matt
Benson, Michael Benson, Michael
Field , Nick Field , Nick
Weaver, Simon Weaver, Simon
Jones, Alex Jones, Alex
Taylor, Liam Taylor, Liam
Walsall
Crewe & Nantwich
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  • 6. Dan Hull
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  • 12. Jamie Little
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  • 14. Eddie Spibey
  • 15. Tom Baldwin
  • 17. Chris Sproston

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Burton 26 64
9. Stoke on Trent 26 62
10. Crewe & Nantwich 26 60
11. Kenilworth 26 59
12. Silhillians 25 39
13. Leek 26 36
14. Walsall 26 20

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