Another one bites the dust vs Lymm
A truly testing morning vs Lymm who were the better side
After another focused warm up and we were good to go. A small squad number this week after four players were unavailable due to injuries and sickness. Thanks to those players that were able to support the team which was good to see.
From start we started the brightest, rucking was good, the ball to Jack then to Harrison - the next ruck was strong and powerful by us, now 4 meters out from Lymm’s try line and Will popped out of the back of the ruck to score the first try of the morning - a great start.
Lymm opted to receive the kick off, and Chris Naylor seeing double after his night out in Knutsford thought Lymm had 13 players, the game stopped and on this occasion Chris was wrong (Kate an abacus for Christmas might be useful!!).
Lymm were on the attack but Liam Warman a tackling machine at full back - was deadly all morning. Turn over at the ruck and Alvaro cleared the line. Lymm then managed to break the defensive line that had started strongly, to score. The next handful of minutes the team lost its shape and Lymm targeted the same area of the pitch and we conceded two quick tries which was disappointing. After a long KO, Lymm chose to take a scrum on the half way line. Lymm on the attack they tried to move the ball wide but Joe R and Joe BM defended brilliantly and tackled the player into touch. Turn over ball, another strong run by Liam followed but we couldn’t score the try as excellent defence by Lymm. Turn over ball, scrum to Lymm, the ball passed down the line, Joe R as ever a tackling machine followed by Lucas who tackled the player into touch, turnover ball. However Park were then in the next ruck, not enough numbers, Lymm counter rucked, turn over and Lymm to score.Half time.
The next 15 minutes was an excellent period for us, we had most of the possession, strong runs by the forwards, Alvaro, Archie, Donnie, Lucas, Tresor and Ewan continually supporting in the rucks but we were unable to score as we made the wrong decisions and ran back into traffic rather than exploiting the space. Our defence was extremely strong and ensured we didn’t concede any tries in this quarter. Both teams were also trying different styles of kicks which for both teams didn't pay off mainly due to the bounce of the ball.
The final 15 minutes and all to play for Park 1 v Lymm 4 . Our fitness was showing excellent promise, but Lymm’s ball retention was very good, and Park didn't see much of the ball in the opening minutes, but defence was holding firm. Turn over ball, scrum to us, power ball called, the mixture of forwards and backs in the back line was excellent, showing strong forward running, passing the ball into space, long pass from Archie to Harvey Richardson, great catch and a strong run, however Archie had other thoughts and thought the pass was forward and stopped supporting. Harvey became isolated and Lymm turned the ball over, a try went begging - never stop playing until you hear the refs whistle !!. Lymm were now on their try line, chip and chase, and took possession of the ball, good movement in the back line to score. The next 5 minutes both teams continuing to play good rugby and the final tries were scored by Lymm’s captain and a well deserved try by Alvaro to finish. The build up to this try was superb, good exit kick by Joe R from our try line. Joe BM was the first to react and took possession of this ball, ran wide with three players in front of him on the far wing, a lovely chip and chase to win the ball back again an excellent ruck, china ball called and executed and try time. Final score WP 2 v Lymm 6.
Another excellent morning of rugby and the MOM was Joe Rowland with his never give in attitude, and his high work rate particularly in the tackle so well done Joe.
The team mood was somber after the game! In patches we played some excellent rugby. Lymm were able to maintain this level for longer periods and this is reflected in the score but overall well done.
Try scorers : Will and Alvaro.