The task for Westbury became even tougher this week when they welcomed Avonvale to Knott Field. The visitors, who have not lost a league fixture this season and whose points tally is nearly 500 more than they have conceded, were made to work hard for their win.
The home side were determined that they would take the match to the visitors and for the first half Westbury were able to disrupt most of Avonvale’s attacking play. So much so that the visitors were restricted to just 2 tries and with a penalty for Westbury the score at half time was 10 -3 and Westbury still very much in the match.
The second half started in the same vein with Westbury working hard to break up the visitors flow. To a man the hard working Westbury players tackled their hearts out with Nathan Brown leading by example with his defending and ball carrying. Brown certainly took the game to Avonvale, but the home side were unable to cross the try line.
After 20 minutes Avonvale scored their third try and 10 minutes later their fourth and bonus point try also their first conversion.
Unfortunately, in the last quarter of the game with Westbury visibly tiring the well drilled Avonvale team were able to capitalise and ran in 3 more tries converting one of them. Making the score at the final whistle, 39 -3 to the visitors.
It must be said that the scoreline does not reflect the effort and commitment of the Westbury players against a well drilled and efficient Avonvale who this season are sweeping everyone aside and look certain to be promoted.
Next week, Westbury travel to Bath Saracens for hopefully an easier (on paper) fixture.
Match report by Paul Couzens