Weak­ened Wed­nes­bury hit hard

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By RON JENK­INS

SHREWSBURY RUFC 34 WED­NES­BURY RUFC 5

THIS week Wed­nes­bury made the jour­ney to Shrewsbury, with no less than 11 first team reg­u­lars not avail­able. This made for a very in­ter­est­ing game, with a num­ber of play­ers step­ping up from the sec­ond team.

Wed­nes­bury gave a good ac­count of them­selves but the last quar­ter of the game told. Wed­nes­bury’s de­fence played an heroic game bat­tling to keep the home side at bay, but it was al­ways go­ing to be an up­hill strug­gle.

The vis­i­tors started well tak­ing the game to Shrewsbury, the home side soaked up the pres­sure and then broke out us­ing their wingers to great ef­fect scor­ing their first try af­ter 12 min­utes, then added the con­ver­sion.

Wed­nes­bury’s for­wards held their own in the scrums and had the bet­ter of their op­po­nents in the line outs. It took the home side 30 min­utes to make an­other break­through, scor­ing an­other con­verted try. Wed­nes­bury bat­tled on cre­at­ing chances but un­able to make the fi­nal break­through.

What­ever the Wed­nes­bury coach said to his play­ers at half­time had an ef­fect; they came out all fired up. Within three min­utes of the restart they were on the score sheet af­ter a se­ries of rolling mauls lead by Josh Har­ris get­ting them closer to the try line, Jor­dan All­wood picked up the ball and snaked his way through Shrewsbury’s de­fence to go over for the try, no con­ver­sion.

As much as Wed­nes­bury tried to im­prove their score the home de­fence held firm and kept push­ing Wed­nes­bury back. With all the ex­tra work Wed­nes­bury left them­selves open for the counter at­tack. This Shrewsbury used to their ad­van­tage, with 15 min­utes gone they broke away to score a try, no con­ver­sion.

The ex­tra work took its toll on Wed­nes­bury al­low­ing the home side to run in an­other three un­con­verted tries, with Wed­nes­bury no­tice­ably tir­ing

Af­ter the game Wed­nes­bury play­ers named Jor­dan All­wood as their man of the match, how­ever, team man­ager Neil Hainse voted Dan Blake as his man of the match.

Coach Gary Sum­mers said, “We were vastly un­der strength, this made the dif­fer­ence. Both sides made lots of mis­takes but with that many sec­ond team play­ers in we were al­ways go­ing to strug­gle.”

Next week Wed­nes­bury have a home game ver­sus Ec­cle­shall, ko 2.15pm.

Wed­nes­bury 2nds took a beat­ing from Shrewsbury 2nds 87-0, with Wed­nes­bury hav­ing to field a much weak­ened team be­cause of the play­ers the first team had to take.

Tip­ton broke the dead­lock in the 40th minute, Scott Broad­way chas­ing a seem­ingly lost cause be­fore just keep­ing the ball in play, cross­ing deep into the home penalty area where Luke John­son bravely bat­tled through to turn the ball home. 0-1

Im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards it may well have been two to the vis­i­tors, Broad­way only just un­able to make his fine cross an even more telling one.

Tip­ton be­gan the sec­ond half with in­tent, cen­tre-for­ward, Broad­way so close to net­ting a sec­ond. The home club struck back straight­way, Lester Alder­son driv­ing with venom for goal, how­ever, with­out re­ward.

On 57 min­utes, Ja­ton Ver­non tied up the scores at 1-1, his splen­did drive sim­ply a win­ner all the way.

There­after an in­ci­dent oc­curred in mid­field from which Tip­ton’s Adam Skel­don was given a red card to the acute vex­a­tion of the Tip­ton de­fence.

Thomas did well in the vis­i­tor’s goal to cling onto Tom Wor­thing­ton’s fine drive mid­way through the half. The home club pro­ceeded to win three con­sec­u­tive cor­ner kicks in the clos­ing min­utes, go­ing very near to grab­bing a win­ner, but Tip­ton’s doughty and valiant de­fend­ing en­sur­ing they took home a point.

Wed­nes­bury’s Matt Dale win­ning the ball in the line out

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