Bramley Phoenix 29 – 24 Sheffield Medicals
A strong Bramley team dealt Sheffield Medicals their first league defeat in over a year on a warm autumns day in Leeds . An encouraging start from the Medics, involving some good ball protection resulted in captain Matthew Clark touching down within 10 minutes. Unfortunately a lack of concentration and lapse in defense resulted in a quick response from Bramley tie-ing the game at 7-7.
Bramley looked strong and physical, taking the game to the Medics. Another try looked on the cards but for some exceptional goal line defence and domination in the 5m scrum. As the half progressed, Medics looked dangerous with the ball creating plenty of opportunities and continually pinning Bramley in their own half, thanks to expert kicking from scrum half and man of the match, Eddy Farmer. Pressure on the Bramley kickers paid off with a chased kick by Rob Conville being scooped up by Alex Fawdry for the second medics try. A conversion from Farmer gave the Medics a 14-7 lead. More pressure from the Medics saw Bromley on the back foot and feeling the pressure. A muffed catch from the Bramley 15 was picked up around their 22 by the medics number 7 to run in the Medics third try, meaning they went in at half time 21-7 up.
Bramley started the second half brightly and ran in their third try shortly after the restart. The match was taking its toll on both teams, resulting in sloppy play and an abundance of easily avoidable penalties. Despite creation of numerous scoring opportunities the Medics were continually penalised and unable to convert attack to points. Strong physical play by Bromley resulted in another try, bringing the score to 21-17. Another promising attack from the Medics was unable to yield a try which would hopefully have put the game out of reach, however Farmer gained 3 points with a good kick from in close, 24-17. With 10 minutes to go, a lack of discipline from the Medics gifted Bromley a line out near the Medics 5m and a strong maul ended with a push over try, bringing the score to 24-22. With 5 minutes to go, and under strong pressure from a fierce Bromley attack, Medics were unable to prevent a try in the corner giving Bromley a 29-24 lead which they held on to for the remaining two minutes of the game.
A disappointing performance has left the Medics with real food for thought, and an impetus to step up the intensity at training. Medics led the entire game until the last 2 minutes, and just required more physicality and discipline to close the game out. A learning experience for the Medics however cannot take away from a strong Bramley performance and a very competitive game.
Report written by Robert Sandler as I remember very little.
Final thought: “If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.” Herschel Walker