Lost again away at Old Deer Park with all its nostalgia of their Glorious ‘70s. They had a Supporters Members Pre – Match Lunch to which some of the Vees Committee members were invited.
Good do with over 150 members sitting down, good grub, a 40 strong Welsh Male Choir who sang 3 songs none of us Anglos could understand – strange that and no sub –title translations ( strange that ? - they appeared a friendly crowd ! ). However their singing must have steered their London NW3 League leading team to a well organised 46 – 5 victory. The John Dawes and John Taylor were there in person as guests of the Club.
But is was a very interesting game for all that. As already said they were well drilled and constant pressure of forward numbers gained them a 36 –0 half – time lead. Tries scored and penalties given 15 to 2 in their favour ( not suggesting the Ref was biased with over 500 vocally fervent spectators watching ), but his signaling was sometimes perplexing and were strangely near or in front of the uprights.
Our total XV tackled tenaciously throughout, but pressure at times was always going to succeed.
Now your maths will have told you that the 2nd half was dramatically different, because we took the fight to them and their forwards were not any different from the 1st Half. We won ball, kicked better and primarily didn’t loose possession so much in the tackle. In fact there were quite a few times in the last 20 minutes when we went close to succeeding three times. Sam Perry, our player coach deserved getting on the score sheet again.
So although they are still top and we are still bottom of our League our 2nd half performance would have suggested otherwise.
Next week we play Datchworth – also currently 2/3rds up the League table – at Cotlandswick KO 2pm, plus our Pre Christmas Lunch . So there will be lots of Vee support on hand to urge the lads on to greater things – always praying availability and commitment to provide us with the best line – up possible.
My prediction for the 2nd half of the Season is still in line for better results. The scores may sometimes suggest it, but our boys DO NOT lie down.
TTFN ---- The Scribe ---
ps Sad to relay that Robert ( Bobbie ) Humber – a star 1st XV Full Back in the late ’50s / early ‘60s passed away in Stratford – on – Avon last Thursday