Battling Pats make Drybrook work hard for derby day victory
BOTTOM-OF-THE-TABLE Old Patesians put up a fight in their derby at Drybrook before going down 34-20.
Pats took the lead as they used their heavy forwards to gain field position in the Drybrook 22 where they were awarded a penalty at the breakdown which was kicked by James Hayden for a 3-0 lead.
On the half-hour, Drybrook were awarded a penalty on halfway which Tim Stevenson kicked to touch five metres from the line.
The ball was driven forward by Mitch Hale before being released and Stevenson sent a long pass out to Ollie Moore who drew the last defender before passing to Mitch Baldwin who dived over to open Drybrook’s account.
Stevenson added the conversion and it looked as though the Squirrels would lead at the break.
The next series of events were bizarre as firstly it looked as though Baldwin had scored his second try, but the ref deemed that crossing had taken place and awarded Pats a penalty.
Pats worked their way downfield and following a five-metre lineout they crossed the line but lost the ball.
A centre jumped on the ball and claimed the try - but the referee signalled the ball had been lost forward but then said the it had been held up - despite no Drybrook player being involved.
Pats drove the ball over the line from the resulting scrum with Scott Alldritt claiming the touchdown and Hayden kicked the conversion to lead 10-7 at the break.
Drybrook came out firing after the interval and were awarded a penalty which was kicked to the corner.
The ball was thrown long and driven in field, a short pass from the back of the ruck found captain Ben Large who crashed over near the posts. Stevenson drop-kicked the conversion and Drybrook retook the lead.
After another five metre lineout Luke Roberts took the final pass to fly in on the right.
Pats reduced the deficit with a Marcus Raymond penalty, cancelled out by a Stevenson effort, before Drybrook’s replacement hooker Carl Guest barged over for the bonus-point score.
Three minutes later scrum-half James Clancy scored Drybrook’s fifth.
There was time for Pats to grab a consolation try as Alldritt got his second which Raymond converted but Drybrook were worthy victors.
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