Wednesbury Under 10’s played their second away match of the new year at Stafford on Sunday, despite being a few players short and our thanks go to Stafford coaches for the loan of a couple of players per half.
The first half proved a difficult one for the under 10s but Wednesbury were not without chances to score. After a scrum in their own 22, Ethan Hyde
made a try saving tackle and a fantastic run up to the half way point before being taken out by the strong Stafford defence. Stafford regained their composure however and scored two tries in quick succession. They once again looked dangerous with a scrum on Wednesbury’s line but the pack did well and managed to hold the ball up with some excellent defending. After a couple of ball handling errors by the Stafford pack, Ethan Hyde
came away once again with the ball and this time, made it all the way to the try line, to bring the visitors back in contention. Stafford were quick to respond however with a third try but Wednesbury were not giving up easily and with a scrum on Stafford’s try line, looked as if they were going to score again. Wednesbury’s new scrum half, Hayley Dabbs provided a quick ball for the backs to launch their attack, but Stafford read the danger well and managed to get themselves out of danger providing a fourth try of the game, making the half time score 4 tries to 1 in Stafford’s favour.
The second half proved a lot more challenging for Stafford as Wednesbury were quick out of the blocks with Ethan Hyde
taking the ball from the half way point to just short of the try line before being taken out of play by Stafford defence. Wednesbury once again looked dangerous and after a fantastic rolling maul, this time it was Matthew Hill
who just fell short of the line, making a desperate scramble for the ball. Stafford were keen to get out of their own half and made a half break but Wednesbury were quick to close them down once again and Stafford were back in touch with some great defending by Ethan Gill this time. The restart proved favourable for Wednesbury when Ethan Gill crossed the line with a nifty bit of footwork to score their 2nd try of the game. Stafford quickly responded and made a decent break from half way to score their 5th try. They went on to score a further try but Wednesbury did not make it easy for them and the second half definitely proved to be tougher than the first. Players of the match were named as Josh Gill for Wednesbury, after some great runs and good tackles in midfield and Josh Bailey for Stafford. Well done to all players who took part, a thoroughly enjoyable day.