Worcester (U12) vs Stourbridge (u12) mixed teams game 2
Stourbridge take the spoils in second mixed match
The smell of fireworks and smoked cheese scented the morning air as the anticipation crackled off the posts as the capacity crowd waited for the second of the mixed matches to kick off. The Worcester unit readied themselves in the centre, only to be told Stourbridge were changing their laces, so the wait continued. At risk of losing the light the ref summoned El Capitans to the middle, and the game was afoot.
Worcester welcomed to the pitch not one, but two debutants wearing the shirt for the first time, with Charlie 'string bean' Stringer lending his shoulder to the forward line, and Ben Purser slotting into the backs, and both were straight into the action, as Stourbridge roared forward in waves and promptly touched over for the first.
Not lacking fire power in defence, Ben Herbs and Spices puffed his cheeks and made good use of the touchline, neatly turning the ball over, but equally frustrated that the presence of the touchline stopped him gut busting the Stourtionians. A bit quicker and more determined at the breakdown the Black Country folk retained ball well, and when line breaks were made support from the Worcester ranks was hesitant, and the greedy Bridge folk gobbled up the loose ball.
Another couple of tries meant the Bridge were up by 3 as the clock went into the red, and the tale of the half was portrayed as the Street tried to wrestle his form forwards, only to be bundled out by three of the Black Countries finest, and was duly made to peck the seed on the touchline.
Second half and Bridgezilla were off again, sneaking past outstretched arms down the wing to dab home a fourth. Ben got his hands on the ball from the restart and again made strong yards but to no avail, and another turn over saw the opposition run in a fifth.
There seemed little way back into the match, but catching the restart in the full back position Ant Man stepped an onrushing chaser and then thumped the ball back down the middle and gave chase, giving the Woo the much needed territory that had eluded them. The door was thumped, kicked and karate chopped, but the Stourtians pulled up the draw bridge, and a knock on and resulting scrum allowed them to clear their lines. Again Ant Man fielded, swivelled and fed a fired up Ben who ran straight and true, but again he was pulled down and the support was off the pace.
For a spell the game ebbed and flowed in the midfield, smart snaffleledge from Bozza picking up a lazy offload to gain some yards, and Lachlan got into a groove and levelled a couple of Brigadiers for good measure, but it came a little too late, and the game was beyond the Woo.