For the penultimate game of the season, Five Ways travelled to 2nd placed Evesham knowing a tough game was ahead. Five Ways knew it was more about the commitment and desire from the players following poor performances in the previous two games. It was clear that Evesham were going into the game with the aim of securing promotion. Five Ways took a changed squad, with a few new faces stepping up to the 1st team and some players asked to play in positions which were unfamiliar to them.
The whistle blew and the game began. It was a nightmare start for Ways, conceding within the opening couple of minutes. All credit to Five Ways though, they dug deep and, with continued pressure, they got their just desserts. Play between backs and forwards resulted in a penalty close to Evesham’s try line. Some quick thinking from Five Ways resulted in a try. Five Ways started to believe in themselves as the scores were even.
Evesham’s frustration was beginning to tell as Five Ways continued to press hard and scrap for every opportunity. However, approaching half time, a controversial penalty was awarded to Evesham after the referee deemed Ways had wheeled the scrum in their own 22. As a result, Evesham scored and had their noses in front when the whistle blew.
The second half kicked off in similar spirt to the first, quick tempo with both teams showing a desire to want to score try’s and play fast, flowing rugby. However, Evesham’s relentless pressure was beginning to tell on the Five Ways players and with twenty or so minutes to go, the score board continued to tick over in their favour. In true Five Ways fashion and style the boys never gave up. It was recognised afterwards, we had come up against a very well drilled and discipline Evesham side. The final whistle was blown with the score reading 55-7, however, this result does not reflect the heart and effort showed by Five Ways.
I have deliberately not singled anyone out in this report because as a whole squad every player should feel proud and give themselves a good pat on the back – everyone gave 100% commitment and endeavour throughout.
However, I do feel a special mention should go to John Mounter. After 3 seasons captaining the 1st XV, he has decided to step down. John and his wife, Sara, are expecting twins and understandably John will have his hands full for next season! I’m sure the club would like to join me in wishing John and his wife all the very best and thank John for his outstanding service to the club!
Finally, I urge all of the supporters and anyone associated to the club to get behind the lads for the final game of the 2014/15 season on Saturday 11th April. The final game is against local rivals and neighbours Kings Norton - which I am sure will be a thriller of a game! For further details see www.fivewaysoerfc.co.uk/s/match-centre-4347/1-988067/