Wigton Woe at Westoe
Playing on a bright, blindingly sunny but frosty day, Westoe RFC Colts were determined to stamp their authority on a strong but depleted Wigton side.
Grateful that the Cumbrian team had still travelled to play, the South Shields’ lads were happy to lend players to ensure a good match went ahead.
Battling up the slope in the first half, the backs used their well-practised passing skills to pass along the full back line, deftly handling the ball until it reached the safe hands of Jake Arnold who side stepped past the defence for the first of his two tries.
It wasn’t long before teammate, George Peel, received a short pop pass via Ross McCauley and was able to add to the scoreline as he drove the visitors back over the try line to touch down.
However, Wigton weren’t going to take this lying down and ensured the rest of the first half was a continuous battle for ground by both teams with neither gaining the upper hand or points.
The start of the second half gave the Cumbrian lads their opportunity to narrow the deficit as they made use of space in the defence and claimed 5 points to up the ante.
Westoe regrouped, put pressure on Wigton and forced a lineout near the opposition tryline. Paul Evans caught the ball, the team banded together and used their superior physicality to drive him over the line and cancel out the Wigton points.
Three more tries were on the cards for the home team as they passed and supported superbly, creating opportunities for Cameron Wittle to add to the scoreline as well as Arnold’s second.
Try of the match must go to Ross McCauley as, in the dying minutes, his race down the pitch with a chip and catch over the opposition defence saw him score in the corner for the final try of the match.
With 3 conversions to add to the tally, the 36 – 5 victory was well deserved and it must be said that this high octane, entertaining and exciting match was made more so by the excellent refereeing of Durham University student, Ieuan Davies who laid the foundation for future expected high standards from his fellow refereeing students and will certainly be seen in the future refereeing world class rugby!