Avonvale just lose out in a nail biting D & W league fixture to old rivals Walcot
By Moz Hall
Avonvale regret decision to not take a relatively simple penalty kick
Walcot started strongly with their usual hard running and intelligent game often taking two Avonvale players to bring down their big men. It was not long before they had scored two converted tries and it seemed as if it might pan out to a comfortable win as in previous encounters. However, Avonvale kept out further scores and started to build on confidence particularly in the line out where Ben dominated the front and supported by Charlie in the middle turned over most of Walcot's ball.
The game flowed from end to end with desperate defence from both sides until eventually Tom went over in the corner but too far out for the conversion. In the second half with about 15 mins to go and Avonvale trailing by 9 points, a penalty was awarded in a relatively easy position, however, the decision was taken to opt for a chance of a try which never came to fruition, a decision that Avonvale would regret come the final whistle.
Another spirited attack was successful and Will Able scored which was converted by Nye leaving Avonvale 2 points in arrears. For the next few minutes Avonvale's defence was tested to the extreme warding off waves of Walcot attack but it held firm. In desperation as a penalty was awarded the Walcot coach ran onto the field with the kicking tee to ensure the right decision was taken but the kick was not successful.
With two minutes to go Jake got the ball some 30 metres out and bustled his way through the Walcot defence only to be stopped inches from the try line. The supporting Avonvale players quickly secured the ball and smashed into the Walcot defence and it seemed that we had the momentum and must score. Unfortunately one of the Walcot players was injured trying to stop the Avonvale attack and the referee in deference to the injured player stopped the game, thus we lost our opportunity to score as time was up and the game could not be restarted, an unsatisfactory conclusion but safety for players is uppermost. It was disappointing for Avonvale and relief for Walcot but overall it was an enthralling game of rugby and a credit to both sides.