Wells come up just short in the sunshine.
Down by twenty four points to five at half time..................
Saturday 8 April 2017
Wells 26 – Avonmouth Old Boys 31
Down by twenty four points to five at half time, it looked that Wells would be onto a possible fifty point hammering, especially as their visitors from Bristol added another seven points within two minutes of the restart. At least the large crowd had the spring sunshine to enjoy.
Wells once again had to make numerous changes for this game, just five players from the previous weeks win at Avon being in the starting line up, so it was not surprising that there was a lack of coordination during the first period. There was however, no lack of effort and indeed after Avonmouth had opened the scoring with a penalty in the ten minute, Wells briefly took the lead when Sam Garratt raced down the right to score with some style. From then on however, it was mainly one way traffic. The visitors scored three converted tries, giving them the nineteen point interval lead.
There was then the disastrous start to the second half, putting Avonmouth twenty six points up, but whatever coach John Bamsey had said to the players at half time took effect. The forwards, despite giving away a lot of weight and height got on top. The young front row of Chris Tout, Mitch Diclaudio and Sean Heggarty were outstanding, Liam Blair on a rare first team outstanding was a powerhouse in the second row, whilst captain Lewis Cohen playing at number eight was unstoppable and an inspiration to his team. Fullback Jon Branch, another making a rare appearance looked like he had never been away.
It was thanks to the pack however that Wells got back into the game. Two line out catch and drives saw them get two tries, both superbly converted from wide out by scrum half Harry Peters. It still looked like Wells would get nothing from this game, but in the eightieth minute it was appropriate that skipper Lewis Cohen should get the fourth and bonus point try and the icing on the cake, Harry Peters added his third conversion to bring Wells to within five points and therefore an additional bonus point.
Still, there were three minutes left. Was the impossible possible? In the end the answer was no. Wells did have a penalty deep in their own half and the possible chance to run the ball three quarters the length of the pitch, but discretion took over. Two points in the bag is better than say giving away an interception and coming away with nothing.
Without taking anything away from last Saturday’s team on the field, it is probably fair to say that a full strength team would have probably won that game, but it also showed that the youngsters like centres, Sam Garratt, Charlie Willcox, Adam Withers and Harry Speed, plus the front row forwards that I have already mentioned are coming up fast and giving Wells the strength in depth needed to succeed, or indeed survive at this level.
A rest this Saturday for Easter, then the final game of the season away to Bristol Saracens, with the second team completing their season with a home game against Old Sulians.
Many thanks to last Saturdays lunch sponsor, Eric Thornborough of Protek Woodcare who are based in Shepton Mallet.
A reminder, supporters player of the season, to me please, preferably email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date, end of April.