St Ives travelled to nearby Ely with only 12 players due to players being unavailable and injuries. Ely kindly let the Saints borrow a forward, it was 13 players for St Ives vs 14 players from Ely. What the small Ely crowd witnessed was grass roots rugby at its best.
St Ives had a clear plan speed, support, quick ball and use the wind to our advantage. The plan started well with a good break from the Saints with some big ball carries coming from the Veterans of Steve Plum and Colin Hall, after some slick support play Captain and N0.8 Oliver Scott went over for his first try of the game. St Ives then had to defend in their 22 for what seemed like hours. Ely picked up only two tries in this time and St Ives were lifted by a try just before half time from 2nd row Tom Watts. This made the half time score 10-10.
The second half was a pure dream for the visiting side, they came flying out of the blocks and score in the first phase of the second half with Watts bagging his brace. It must be said that the performances from the Youth Club of Tom Mitcham, Alex Henley and Tom Watts were outstanding; there hard work in the loose made a major contribution to how the Ives quite literally run around the old and tiring Ely team. Henley grabbed a deserved try and the second half also saw colourful Oliver Scott the completing his hatrick of tries to lead his team to a win. A clever chip from Guy Rodgers allowed Dave Mcminn to score his first try of the season – “this was a move that came straight from the training park” with Mcminn adding 4 conversions to make the final score 43-20.
Captain Scott who was dancing after the game said “performances like that, team work, passion commitment and energy is what this beautiful game is all about, it was an unexpected win today which I am so delighted with. I loved the hatrick to, it was brilliant to put the mere of last season behind me. Our performance today left the Ely Tigers licking their wounds and purring for the final whistle”