Waste­ful Wed­nes­bury throw away early lead

Black Country Bugle - - YED SCRATCHERS - By RON JENK­INS

Rugby Union WED­NES­BURY 13 EDWARDIANS 19

THIS week Wed­nes­bury en­ter­tained Edwardians, a side just above them in the league.

Wed­nes­bury played well for the first sixty min­utes, and then ev­ery­thing fell apart, al­low­ing Edwardians to get back into the game and even­tu­ally to win.

Af­ter only a few min­utes Wed­nes­bury were awarded a penalty, Sean Bot­tomer stepped up to con­vert it. They kept the pres­sure on the vis­i­tors, their for­wards push­ing, and it was on one of these sor­ties Wed­nes­bury’s cap­tain Josh Har­ris re­ceived the ball out wide and raced over the line for the try, no con­ver­sion.

From this point it started to get scrappy and bad tem­pered, re­sult­ing in both sides giv­ing away lots of penal­ties. Half way through the first half Edwardians were awarded two in two min­utes, both con­verted.

With five min­utes of the half re­main­ing Wed­nes­bury in­creased their score. Ben Baker peeled off the maul and dived over the line.

The sec­ond half found the game be­com­ing in­creas­ingly scrappy, and shortly af­ter a yel­low card for each side, Edwardians broke away to score a con­verted try and level the scores.

In the last ten min­utes of the game Edwardians were awarded two penal­ties in the space of two min­utes, both they kicked suc­cess­fully giv­ing them the lead and the vic­tory.

Wed­nes­bury coach Gary Sum­mers said af­ter the game that it was dis­ap­point­ing to lose af­ter be­ing dom­i­nant tac­ti­cally in the first half

Next week Wed­nes­bury are at home again, their op­po­nents Ut­tox­eter, kick-off 2-15.

Wed­nes­bury 2nds fared much bet­ter, beat­ing Leek 3rds, by 90 points to 7, run­ning in four­teen tries and ten con­ver­sions.

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