The Old Boys travelled to Cranbrook with a team badly hit by injuries and unavailability’s.
The home side who are riding high in the league had hosted a sponsor’s lunch before the game and there was a large expectant crowd crammed in to a small covered stand to watch proceedings.
The heavens opened just as the game kicked off and the Willies were determined to be party poopers.
Coach Dennis Burton had gone through the pre match drills with several new players on board and several more playing out of position and they got stuck into the opposition from the first whistle.
Cranbrook were young, fit and fast but a dogged Old Boy’s defence not only kept them at bay, but literally drove them back in the tackle time and time again.
The Willies pack were competing well at scrum and line out and scrum half Andy Lyons had the time and protection to feed his backs.
Will Burton playing at centre made several good breaks in the first-half and from one barn storming run he created the space for lock forward Alex Cross to touch down under the posts. Callum Bowie converted and the Cranbrook players and supporters were looking decidedly worried.
Cranbrook managed to pull an unconverted try back before the break. Half time 5-7.
The Willies started the second-half as they finished the first and although the home side took the lead from a converted try 15 minutes in to the second period this game was well and truly in the balance until the last quarter.
The Cranbrook No8 was a class act and his powerful drives forward allowed his team to get behind the Willies defence and cause them problems time and time again, they added a penalty and two more unconverted tries to give them a somewhat flattering scoreline at the final whistle.
The Old Boys can certainly hold their heads up high because they gave it their all in difficult circumstances.
UP THE WILLIES!!!!