Tough game in try­ing con­di­tions

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By RON JENKINS

WED­NES­BURY RUFC 8 ECCLESHALL RUFC 17

WED­NES­BURY en­ter­tained Eccleshall, the two sides were both pro­moted last sea­son, Eccleshall as league win­ners Wed­nes­bury run­ners up.

Wed­nes­bury ex­pected a hard game – that’s just what they got, they were still un­der strength and this af­fected their game. The game was very tight and close and in the end could have gone ei­ther way.

The home side took the lead after only eight min­utes; their for­wards push­ing Eccleshall back­wards to­wards their try line, Matt Dale picked up the ball and drove over the line in the corner, no con­ver­sion.

The wind was very strong and this af­fected the kick­ers, blow­ing the ball all over the field. It took Eccleshall only ten min­utes to take the lead, a con­verted tackle after Wed­nes­bury missed the tackle al­low­ing the visi­tors to run in the try and con­ver­sion.

The game was end to end, with both teams at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing well. With 30 min­utes gone Eccleshall were awarded a penalty which they con­verted to ex­tend their lead.

With the sec­ond half only two min­utes old Wed­nes­bury were awarded a penalty, Matt Dale con­verted. Wed­nes­bury were tak­ing the game to the visi­tors push­ing them and forc­ing Eccleshall to make a lot of mis­takes. But with this ad­van­tage Wed­nes­bury wasted a lot chances to in­crease their score. With these wasted chance it gave Eccleshall more con­fi­dence to take the game to Wed­nes­bury. This fi­nally paid off for Eccleshall with only ten min­utes re­main­ing they broke away to score a try and con­ver­sion. For the last ten min­utes Wed­nes­bury tried to in­crease their score but to no avail the Eccleshall de­fence held firm.

Wed­nes­bury’s Josh Har­ris charg­ing down the wing

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