Sun 30
Women's XV
Aston Old Edwardians / Sutton Coldfield 25 - 10 Wolverhampton

Aston Old Edwardians / Sutton Coldfield 25 - 10 Wolverhampton

By John Jones
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Match report by James Clinch

Despite what you read in the paper there is most certainly a team of Aston Ladies and there were a full seven of them representing the club in a very tough looking fixture against Wolverhampton.
Travelling over to Walmley Road with a sizeable contingent it felt as though it was a home fixture for our girls and they made it feel like home.
The forwards in the Wolverhampton pack were formidable in size and dwarfed some members of the Aston/Sutton side but you’d never have guessed from the performance in the scrums.
The fierce battle there made a few on the sidelines wince, and more cheer the monster tackles that were going on, particularly from Jess, Michelle and Sam.
Kayleigh did excellently well at flanker and combined well with the Sutton scrum half in disrupting the Wolverhampton ball around the fringes.

The first try did go to the visitors however and with a missed conversion Aston/Sutton were 5-0 down.
Some excellent work out wide by Nikki and Jenny saw some yards made and some more massive hits land as possession changed hands.
Suttons outside centre, put into space by some good tackling, ran in the Aston/Sutton response and we were all square going into the break at 5 apiece.

The hard work continued into the second half and there was some fierce tackling from Kayleigh and Sam to give Aston/Sutton some room to manoeuvre and push out wide.
The Sutton winger took advantage of the space and tore off down the left wing to score in the corner. The conversion pinged off the post and was the closest any side would come to putting on extras in the game.
Sam Clay made some great yards and pulled out the first fend off with a hip anyone had seen.
The player she dumped to the ground was immediately substituted, but she walked over under own power so no permanent damage! Again she was replaced by a powerful looking forward and the pressure from Wolverhampton continued in the breakdown and at the scrum.
Aston/Sutton more than coped and often drove back the Wolverhampton pack.
They were put under pressure and only managed to keep ball by utilising the no.8 pick up and more often than not the Sutton scrum half did more than her fair share of disruption. At one point she looked like she was bucking a bronco but she still brought her opponent down.

A speight of substitutions caused a stutter in the rhythm of play for Aston/Sutton and an injury for Jenny Parry led to Kayleigh, Nicki and herself being benched for much of the second half.

Jess Nally continued to cause Wolverhampton a wealth of problems and she always seemed to be there with a tackle if it looked anything like a line break was set to happen.

Another try from Aston/Sutton, wide right this time, and the confidence was building quickly.
Michelle was rapidly becoming the bane of the 9/10 axis of Wolverhampton, at one point tackling their 9 into the 10 and taking both to the floor.

Jess then Sam put in some powerful runs and some good hands through the line found the left winger in space and she set off at pace and once again crossed the try line for Aston/Sutton.
Again the conversion was spot on for targeting but just lacked the power to drop over the crossbar.
The kicking hoodoo moved on to Wolverhampton now with three dropped restarts before the ball was caught by Jess and the Aston/Sutton attack hit the front foot.

A lineout for Wolverhampton was brilliantly spoiled in the air by Aston/Sutton and possession stagnated around half way with neither side able to break.
Wolverhampton stepped up first but a late smashing tackle by the Aston/Sutton second row bought the girls another shot at defence and they held brilliantly.
Some great hands all through the line was marred out wide on the Aston/Sutton right as a knock on led to a turnover and Wolverhampton took the ball the few metres needed to score.
Not a day for the conversion at all and the scores set at 20-10.
The last play of the game saw more accomplished passing and the overlap was found just in front of the vociferous Aston support.
The Aston/Sutton winger with pace to burn crossed in the corner with plenty of space around her.
25-10 the final score and our girls were deserved winners.

All of the Aston Ladies did themselves proud and all made an excellent contribution to a superb victory. A victory that completed three big wins for Aston on three consecutive days.

Against a side that has far bigger players with more experience and longer playing together this is a great sign for all concerned.

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Sun 30, Nov 2014