Due to injuries and other absences, a mixed team took the field against a clearly very well drilled Cleobury Mortimer side. Many players were out of usual position but gave it their all for the entire game. The first half was a very tight affair with Cleobury only leading 15-0 at the break with points coming as the result of some great defensive work and half breaks.
The second half was unfortunately a different story to the first. Cleobury Mortimer came out all guns blazing, whilst Five Ways seemed to be out of ammo. Set pieces in particular seemed a place for improvement for Five Ways, conceding penalties on their own put ins for both scrums and line outs. Some poor ball retention and handling also led to many spilled balls and wasted attacks. James Hughes-Tranter scored the only try for Five Ways, with Ian Chaston converting.
Special mentions go to Man of the Match Tom Dacre, who put in solid tackles and attacks throughout the first half, and Darren Foxall who was persuaded to come back from injury sooner than advised, only for his dislocated shoulder to reoccur again during the match. Best wishes and a quick recovery to him!
All in all, it was a disappointing first game of the season which highlighted a few key areas to be worked on ahead of Five Ways's 2014/15 season opener against neighbours Kings Norton RFC on Saturday 13th September.
Thanks to Liam Charles for the match report.