LATE TRY SEALS IT FOR VESEYANS
Veseyans left it late to find the winner on a sunny day at Tamworth RFC, but were well deserving of the victory.
On a dry and bright day both sides went out and played high competitive rugby with some flowing play and resolute defence form both sides.
It was the visitors, Veseyans, who started the quickest with Harry Griffiths knocking over a long range penalty in the first few minutes, and then following this up with a driving maul sending captain Jimmy Hateley over, Griffiths added the extras, and the V’s were 10-0 up.
The home side took advantage of some errors and quickly fought their way back into the game, a good try and a penalty levelling the scores at 10-10.
The rest of the first half so both sides get close to breaking the deadlock and it was clear we were in for a tense afternoon. It was, however, Veseyans who managed to take the lead again as a good finish from winger Joe Williams took his tally to sixteen for the season, and some clever thinking saw him go under the posts as he kept the ball off the ground in the dead ball area, providing Griffiths with the simplest of conversions.
The Tamworth goal kicker showed his class and the home side reeled the V’s in with two penalties to make the half time score 17-16.
The second half saw Veseyans dominate possession and territory, but failed to convert a number of chances as Tamworth’s defence held firm, some outstanding tackling saw Veseyans knocked back repeatedly another Griffiths penalty was all they had to show for their endeavour. On the flip side, Tamworth managed one possession in the Veseyans 22 and were able to drive over in the corner to take the lead for the first time in the game with 20 minutes to go.
Veseyans were set to pepper the Tamworth line for the next 20 minutes, just unable to find that scoring pass to retake the lead. That was until the final minute when Ben Harris drove over from close range and secured a well deserved win for the Visitors.
Captain Jimmy Hateley was full of praise for his players “We have worked really hard in training over the last few weeks, adding that extra bit of work rate to every session and it paid off today. Those are the games you remember as a group, hard fought wins galvanise you and we hope to keep improving over the last few games of the season and carry that through into next year as a group.”
Veseyans take on Walsall away next week, before hosting Camp Hill in their final home game of the season on April 8th.