Sun 24
Coventry Welsh
Women's XV
Coventry Welsh 7 - Aston Old Edwardians 10

Coventry Welsh 7 - Aston Old Edwardians 10

By Sophie Ferriman
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Kindly written by Roy Bradley

There was no way Aston were going to reproduce the fast open rugby performances of the last three games. The pitch was ankle deep with mud even before the game started, and by the final whistle it had deteriorated even further.

Nevertheless, both teams appeared to be up for the challenge, and the first quarter produced some excellent handling, and strong tackling defence, with most of the action taking place in or around the Coventry 22.

It seemed certain that the Aston pressure would eventually be turned into points, and sure enough, following an excellent three quarter movement back and forth across the field, Aston were stopped just short of the line. However, good support play and recycling brought reward in the form of a Caiomhe try in the corner.
Encouraged by this success Aston launched a series of attacks which confined the home side to their own 22, and eventually led to an Aston penalty five metres from the Coventry Welsh line. Despite some staunch defence, the Aston forwards combined to exert increasing pressure, with Sophie eventually touching down over the line.

With drizzle adding to handling difficulties, the second half started as the first half had ended, with Aston exerting sustained pressure in the Coventry 22. However, as Aston’s persistent forays were halted short of the line, Coventry’s confidence grew, and a couple of clearance kicks eventually forced Aston back into their own half.
The boot was now on the other foot, and Aston had to dig deep to keep their line intact, but a concerted spell of Coventry pressure was eventually rewarded when they broke through in midfield to score under the posts. The conversion reduced their deficit to three points.

There followed a further spell of relentless Coventry pressure which seemed certain to produce further points, but Aston held firm, and indeed appeared to gain confidence from the fact that they had done so. Having regained the initiative, they finished the stronger of the two sides to gain a narrow victory in what turned out to be a mud bath.
This game proved to be a test of character as much as a test of rugby skills, and it is to Aston Ladies’ credit that they came out of it with flying colours.

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Sun 24, Nov 2019