” Stevenage 70 pts – Verulamians RFC 12 pts
Once again another hefty defeat against a very well organised Stevenage XV who with this victory hoist themselves into second position in the London NW3 League ahead of Old Streetonions RFC who suffered a 12 – 13 home defeat against Datchworth. These results have now firmly anchored Vees in the relegation position, but the team still retains the confidence and courage to surprise Finchley, Cheshunt and Kilburn on the final set of games.
Stevenage RFC had heavier, more mature forwards who time and time again set up platforms for their exciting running backs. But did Vees make a wrong tactical decision on winning the toss and electing to play with a strong chill – factor wind in their backs up the Stevenage pitch slope ?
The answer was possibly YES, because without the ball you cannot take advantage of the wind. It enabled Stevenage to pass very accurately and at pace and by half time, although Vees tackled heroically, Stevenage amassed a 50 points game - over advantage.
The second half provided a different end result, because the hosts added only another 20 pts, but conceded two excellent tries – the best came from a bullocking run by Tim Fretter which was then converted off the post from the touchline by Gareth Waters. Really against the odds from the outset of the game, Vees basically young, make – shift XV matched Stevenage, without them taking their feet off the pedals. Players to be singled out were the young set of Tom Shenton, Robert Campbell and Sam Beaton all under 20 years of age and the older hands of Robin Wildey ( 2nd Row ), Jim McCormack and ever youthful duo of Darren Westhead and Tim Fretter. They, in particular, plus support from the other team members put in an overall performance that merited a closer points result than what was the eventual one.
Vees host Finchley RFC this Saturday at Cotlandswick with a KO at 2.30 pm. ‘’
TTFN --- Max Schroeder – Verulamians RFC