Sat 19
Longton
17
-
52
League
1st XV
Tries
G Mist, O Passmore, M Dunk Jnr, T Foster (2), S Morgan, T Hughes, J Dyson
Conversions
S Johnson (6)
Greens post first victory of the season in "emphatic" style

Greens post first victory of the season in "emphatic" style

By Matt Nundy
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Injuries, unavailabilities, positional changes and delayed kick off did not affect the Greens approach and application in their latest league fixture


Injuries, unavailabilities, some positional changes and a delayed kick off a did not affect the Greens approach and application in their latest league outing at Trentham Fields.

Michael Dunk Jnr was handed his first team debut and Oli Wood's absence resulted in Sam Morgan moving to the centre and Ollie Passmoor taking the wing position.The evergreen Dave Garbutt was also available with Si Fisher on the bench together with Chris Donk and Keiran Bournes.

Previous results had not truly reflected the Greens play in the first two games of the season but against Longton 80 minutes of non stop attacking play saw them winning the game by 52pts to 17 pts thus claiming a welcome 5 league points.

A warm and sunny afternoon was the invite to play open and expansive rugby and the Greens duly obliged to the delight of their travelling support.

The game started at a furious pace with both sides creating openings and looking for that elusive first score. On 13 mins. following a penalty award, for crossing in midfield, the Greens elected to kick to touch. From the resulting catch and drive Gareth Mist touched down for the opening score duly converted by the ever reliable Steve Johnson for a 7 point advantage. This score proved the be the catalyst for a succession of tries to follow as the Greens hit a purple patch playing superb 15 man rugby at every opportunity.

Ollie Passmoor was the next on the scoresheet finishing off a move after a kick ahead by Tom Foster fielded by Steve Johnson who gave the scoring pass then added the extras to give a score of 14-0.

Michael Dunk, who acquitted himself well on his debut, was on hand to score on 18 mins resulting in a 19-0 lead.

The Greens also showed great defensive qualities denying Longton any try scoring opportunities at this stage and on 34 mins following good work by the excellent Gareth Mist, James Dyson burst upfield and passed to Tom Foster to score unopposed. Johnson again added the extras taking the score to 26-0.

There was still time for a bonus point securing fourth try before half time, scored by Sam Morgan following good interplay in the backs.

Half time saw the Greens 31 points to the good.

As a unit the forwards were again excellent not only in the tight but also in supporting the ball carrier and making telling breaks in all areas of the pitch, with Dyson probing continually.

The Greens attacking intent continued throughout the second half a scores followed at regular intervals.

Early second half tries were credited to Foster, following good play by Passmoor, Ash Dibden and James Dyson, and then James Dyson himself, following a line-out catch and drive. Johnson again added the extras to give a score of 45-0.

Longton persevered and were rightly rewarded with a try on 59 mins by their replacement Sam Longstaff to give a score of 45-5.
On 70 mins Tom Hughes got on the scoresheet following good work by Dyson. Johnson converted - 52-5.

The Greens used their replacements late on, and also were reduced to 14 men but Longton's never say die attitude resulted in a couple of late tries by Hallam and Longstaff and one conversion to give a final score of 52-17 in the Greens favour.
This was without doubt an excellent team performance but mention must go the Johnson who was both solid in defence and creative in attack and to Ash Dibden who ran strongly in midfield and set up a number of opportunities to prosper throughout the game.

An excellent result for the Greens. who now sit mid table, and look forward to their meeting with Newport next week in good heart and on good form.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 19, Sep 2015

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

National League 3 Midlands