A big thank you to everyone who played a 2’s fixture this season
The mighty Walcot 2’s set foot on the hallowed turf of Albert Field to do battle for the last time this season on Saturday, their opposition was Old Redcliffians 3’s. The home team were very short of players with some vets and youngsters being drafted in at the last moment to ensure they took to the field with a full compliment. Many players were playing out of position with Back rowers Sam Firth and Will Thompson starting at 10 and 12, winger Deano Griffiths filling in at 13 and other winger Keiran Cunningham switching to Fullback. The legendary Dave Norris also stepped it at scrum half at the ripe old age of 109. It was not great start for Walcot with Old Reds first on the scoreboard early. The home team fought back well though and made ground through some clever kicking and good running. Prop, Will Mason was a constant threat, tirelessly punching holes in Old Red’s defence. Firthy was also making some strong runs from 10 and big Will Thompson was proving a menace in the centres, despite some dodgy kicking skills and even dodgier facial hair! Eventually, after Old Reds giving away penalty after penalty and losing a man to a yellow card Walcot elected to kick for goal and Firthy made no mistake slotting it between the sticks. Old Reds then enjoyed a period of pressure and scored 2 more unanswered tries through the backs. It was Walcot who had the last word of the half though after a sniping run from Hooker, Chris Martin gave them good field position. Captain Ricky Messer disrupted the line out and Walcot attacked again, with some quick ball from Norris providing a platform for the attack. Old Reds gave away another penalty and Firthy put it in the corner. From the ensuing line out Martin found Messer who soared like a bizarre-looking eagle to secure the ball, the pack drove for the line forcing Old Reds to give away the penalty try. The 2nd half was a fairly even affair with an even contest in the scrums but Walcot superior in the line outs. Lock, Stuart Foxon entered the fray and made an immediate impact with some powerful runs. The young back rowers Philip Penwell and Reuben George were also tackling well and outpacing their opposite numbers in the loose. Debutants Toby Wicks and Dave also had a great game being a constant nuisance to Old Reds by chasing everything that moved and giving them no time on the ball. Old Redcliffians scored 3 more tries in the 2nd half to win the game. Walcot scored 2 more tries, one through another penalty try from exactly the same move as in the first half and Phil Penwell scored his first senior try bursting through a gap in the defence and sprinting under the sticks. The final score was 24-38 to Old Reds but there were plenty of positives for the home team, some promising youngsters coming through and Ed Perry finding his new position at tight head where he was solid as a rock in the scrums. Walcot finish the season in fifth after a strong season winning 13 games and losing 9. A big thank you to everyone who played a 2’s fixture this season, many debutants including lots of young players playing their first games at senior level. Nando’s Bath Vault’s Man of the Match went to Will Mason who had a great game at Loose Head carrying very well and making some important tackles. Walcot would like to thank Brick Worker for their support this season in providing lovely beers and ciders for after game refreshments. Walcot’s Club Dinner is on the 24th of May and we hope to see as many of you as possible.