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Bradford-on-Avon v Westbury 1st XV

Bradford-on-Avon v Westbury 1st XV

Emma Samways29 Nov 2022 - 17:45
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Westbury travelled to Bradford on Avon looking to continue their winning form.

Westbury travelled to Bradford on Avon looking to continue their winning form.

Westbury started strongly and from the kick off made early progress up the field. After some good phases by the forwards, the ball was passed to fly half Sam Leat, who powered through to score Westbury’s first try. Sam added the conversion to make the score 7-0.

Westbury’s forwards continued to carry the ball well and gain good field position for the backs to exploit. After some strong carries from flanker Ryan Knight and prop Josh Carden, Sam Leat again found a gap in the defence and crashed over for his second try of the game, once again converting to take the score to 14-0.

Westbury were keen to keep up the momentum but Bradford rallied and with their fly half kicking well, pushed the visitors back in to their own half. Westbury’s defence stood strong and held the Bradford attack. With veteran scrum half Matt Inseal going off injured, the stand in scrum half, Josh Carden was settling into his role and marshalled the forwards well. Strong carries saw the pack march up the pitch for George Brown to crash over. Conversion was missed taking the score to 19-0.

Westbury were guilty of switching off and the Bradford attack again made good ground. Westbury held them out and ended the first half well.

The second half kicked off and Westbury were keen to start strongly. From a well worked line out, the ball was spread wide and good ground was made. The forwards again carried well and gained ground. Centre Jamie Dixon ran a superb line to crash through and score Westburys fourth try of the day. Conversion successful 26-0 to Westbury.

Westbury were now guilty of switching off again once more and Bradford were using the width of the pitch well. Their fly half kicked through and after a foot race the Bradford winger controlled the ball well to score Bradfords first points. Conversion missed 26-5.

Bradford continued to attack well and found space out wide. Westbury continued to defend manfully and held Bradford out. Following some stern words from captain Michael Tuck Westbury switched back on and pushed up the pitch. After several pick and gos, the pack hooker Jack Bates crashed over the line. The Conversion was again successful. 33-5.

This is how the game ended. Another good win for Westbury but they know they will have to improve their game for this weekends tough home game against Melksham. 2pm kick off at knott field.

As always the Man of the Match was decided by club president and company who thought that Front row/scrum half replacement Josh Carden had an excellent game.

Jack Bates

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