Walsall Waste Chances But Still Win
Yardleians 12 Walsall 20
Walsall dominated this game for long periods but, as in several other games this season, contrived to squander several scoring opportunities. The visitors pressed straight from the kick off and after several powerful scrums and good lineout drives they scored their first try. Good carries by Rod Dickson,Jamie Hickman and Liam Taylor took play deep into opposition territory. Dickson was involved again before No8 JB Luczak made the final fifteen meter defence breaking, try scoring drive. Weston added a well struck conversion from near the touchline. This was added to three minutes later as Ethan Walker and then Taylor found gaps in the Yardleians defence which resulted in Weston putting over a twenty five meter penalty kick. The visitors should have extended their lead after they produced some superb handling skills to put Walker away on a fifty meter try scoring run. The speedy winger beat the defence, but the ball slipped out of his hands as he was about to make the final touchdown. This piece of good fortune spurned on the hosts and they began to make good drives off their lineouts. They scored their try after a quickly taken penalty resulted in prop forward Liam Dunne driving over the tryline. The visitors continued to dominate for the rest of the half but, once again, their players often lacked composure at crucial moments. They did however manage to get another score just before the half time whistle. It was Dickson that made the initial surge before Luczak was again quick to support. The strong running back row forward made the final burst to score his second try. Weston was again accurate with his conversion from wide out.
The hosts took the early initiative at the beginning of the second half. Walsall failed to deal with the kick off and even after regaining possession they did not clear the ball into touch. Yards in comparison put pressure on the visitors at every opportunity.and they were quick to take advantage of some weak tackling as Halifont went through for a try whick Luke Harris converted. The hosts had more possession during the second half. But, once again, Walsall missed scoring chances as passes were not given or the ball was spilled or kicked away. Coach Jon Ford came off the bench and made an immediate impact as he made a good ball carry deep into Yardleians territory. This resulted in another twenty five meter Weston penalty. This completed the scoring, although both teams could have added to their try tally if possession had been used more effectively.