Sat 05
Tunbridge Wells 4th XV
Extra A XV


By trevor newnham
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Vigo’s revival continues, running in five tries against a useful Wells’ outfit. Dave Dunn got them off to a perfect start with a typical Dunn try, pace, power, footwork, all combining to bamboozle the home defence. Lee Whatman added the extras. If Vigo thought however, that it was going to be easy, they were swiftly disabused of that notion. Tunbridge came roaring back in a devastating spell that gathered 17 points without reply. Vigo were hanging on in there, sometimes by the skin of their teeth. Gradually, they began to wrest back control and Dan Couchman crossed for his twelfth try for the thirds, fifteenth for all teams. The scrum was under serious pressure but Couchie has coped with that for years, picked up and with Ben Paget running a clever distraction, Couchman was able to bash through. So, 17-12 at half time, but much encouragement for the Vigo team.
It was essential to start the second period strongly and such was the case. Jem Emirali, who was having a forceful game – apart from a tendency to toss away penalties willy-nilly – burst through, running a terrific line to score. Whatman’s conversion gave Vigo the lead, which they never relinquished. Jack Knight came off the bench and helped set up a try for the Ginger Prince, Tom Emmitt– I am not ginger, I‘m strawberry blond and it was typical Emmitt quick thinking. Wells had kicked long to touch, Emmitt took a quick throw in to Knight, who kept his composure, made yards then returned the ball to Emmitt who promptly waltzed home.

Wells persevered but Vigo had the scent of victory. Their pack, with Will Castle and James Corridan especially mobile for props, and Mike Szodi making a decent fist of the unfamiliar position of second row, were always too quick for their oppos. Such was the control, that skipper carl Nightingale, once more leading by example, was able to wheel on the indestructible Graham Smith, these days wearing more bandages than Boots Pharmacy, but still able to put in a shift. Mike Grayland, too, came off the bench for a cameo
Dan Couchman rounded off proceedings with a fine try. Fed a great ball by Corridan, Couchman looked up and say he had half the length of the pitch to run. But run he did, crossing the line after what , to him, seemed like a lifetime. In fact, he reckoned he covered more yards to score that try than all the other fifteen combined. Whatman’s successful conversion was the icing on the cake.
Team: T.Emmitt; W.Millins , J.Emirali, J.Barrett, P.Nuttall (rep: J.Knight); L.Whatman, B.Paget; J.Corridan, R.Turvey (rep: M.Grayland), W.Castle; C.Nightingale, M.Szodi (rep: G.smith); M.Higgs, D.Dunn; D.Couchman

Vigo MVP: Mike Szodi

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Sat 05, Jan 2019




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