Wotton RFC travelled to Dursley Rugby Club for their 1st pre-season game. Leading up to the game Wotton had enjoyed a very positive pre-season, despite the loss of Gareth ‘Mr Rugby’ Davies to ‘retirement’...(we give it 6 months). During the summer the club ran its first ever tots rugby sessions for 6 weeks and succeeded in attracting several new faces to the club. Huge thanks must go to all those involved in helping to promote the club and engage further with the local community.
With a large number of key players unavailable for this game, Wotton were able to offer caps to several new players. Jake ‘Mr Motivator’ Gibson and Dan ‘I’ll defo see you all in the Star after the game’ Hart won their first Wotton caps at 9 and 10 respectively.
The game kicked off and Wotton were dealt their first blow after just 10 minutes. In the process of making a try saving tackle Jake ‘Richard Simmons’ Gibson dislocated his shoulder. It was a cruel blow for one of Wotton’s newest and most promising recruits. We wish him a speedy recovery. The rest of the half was a largely 1 sided affair with Dursley dominant. Their superior handling skills, fitness and speed were too much for a ring rusty Wotton side and they quickly scored a number of tries. Their experienced pack also made it difficult for Wotton to launch any attacks with solid defense from the experienced trio of Lee Barton, Ross Reeves and Chris Hull. Wotton did eventually manage 1 try in the first half from no 8 Gary Alexanderov.
The second half was a much more even affair with Wotton finally managing to gain a foothold in the game. Strong running from centre from Mark ‘never gonna give you up’ Astley was coupled with some powerful forward runs from Captain Sam Chappell, Jon Muckle and Dan Isaacs. Space was created outside and Wotton’s flying winger Dan Page was able to score in the corner. Wotton were also becoming increasingly dominant at scrum time and loanee scrum half Tom Barton was able to score from a powerful Wotton drive.
The game ended with Dursley the deserved winners and Wotton with much to work on in training, but there were positives to take from the game. In particular the defensive work of chairman and man of the match Dai Lloyd, who once against demonstrated his trademark power with several thundering hits on opposition backs.
Wotton will return to action for their last pre-season friendly at home to Yatton on Saturday 8th September 2018, K.O. 14:30. This will be a charity match with all proceeds going towards the Wotton defib fund, so please come down and lend your support.
Training continues Thursday evenings at KLB School at 6:45pm. New players of all abilities are always welcome and can contact Chairman Dai Lloyd for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be additional fitness sessions available on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm at KLB. Wotton’s new recruit, Personal Trainer Jake ‘Jane Fonda’ Gibson will be offering fitness sessions for anyone interested. At just £3 a session these are an absolute bargain!