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Leek
Walsall RFC
Sun 29 Nov 11:00 - League Full time

Deja Vu...all over again!

Deja Vu...all over again!

Well it happened again, this is becoming a bad habit. I warned Zach & Tom about it on the drive up in the car, but they couldn’t prevent it happening again. What is it? …

…It’s our cunning ability to concede a Try right on half-time. Virtually every League game we play this happens. More annoyingly this time, it was at the end of a half that had seen Walsall out-play a much improved Leek team. With some great Forwards play setting up chances for the Backs to express themselves, to go in at half-time at 5-0 down was very undeserved.

On a windy, squally, slopey pitch (once we found it!) Walsall’s 15 strong squad had much more of the possession in the first half, we crossed the line with the ball 3 times but failed to ground according to the official. Within a couple of minutes of kick-off Rory Kennedy had managed to injure one of the opposition players by head-butting him in the knee, causing an early substitution by Leek who had several subs to choose from, a luxury we unfortunately didn’t have because our subs were probably still at home in bed. We heard later this resulted in a Sunday afternoon trip to A&E, so hope you are feeling better Rory.

There was one flowing move from the Backs that went first to one wing then to the other wing in a fluid movement that I thought stood us in good stead for the match. However... we saw a Leek Try just before the half time whistle.
Half-time score Leek 5 – Walsall 0.

The second half started the same as the first, with Walsall applying most of the pressure which finally (finally) paid dividends and led to Nico Singh finishing off a good Walsall move. Score 5-5.

Unfortunately that was as good as it got for Walsall and the lads spent long periods trying to get out of their own half. Twenty five minutes into the second half, the inevitable happened and Leek scored another Try. Score 10-5.

Unusually this spread panic amongst the Walsall players which manifested in their play and decision making. A more cohesive performance at this point would probably have got us back in the game, however…
No more scores, Leek won 10-5.

Congratulations to Leek for a game played in the best of spirits.

It was unusual to be at a Walsall game without the ever-present Chris & Matt Eccleston, we wish Matt well in his recovery and don’t be strangers.

Apologies for the late and short report, but I ain’t been well.

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