VESEYANS HIT BACK WITH SOLID DISPLAY
After a run of poor results Veseyans needed to find a performance against and Old Salts team trying to chase them in the league. A loss on Saturday could of pulled Veseyans into a battle at the base of the league table, something they wouldn’t of imagined being in at any point this season, however, a solid performance in difficult conditions led to a much needed win for the V’s.
Veseyans Back Row Rob Russell, who has captained the side for most of the season with club captain Jimmy Hateley spending a prolonged period on the sidelines, spoke of a tough week at training in the build up to the game. “We have asked a lot of questions of ourselves this week, the way we have been playing and the desire we have to play for the club. We are an ambitious group but talk is cheap and we haven’t done our talking on the pitch enough this season. Dan and the other coaching staff gave us some home truths on Tuesday and the boys have responded really well all week, and we got what we deserved in the match”.
Head Coach Dan Hemingway will be really pleased with the result. “We are young squad that is building together really nicely but at times we haven’t showed enough hunger or belief in what we are about, today we did that. There are always things to work on and we feel we should of at least had a fourth try and actually could of dominated the game more if we had executed better at times, but Salts are a hard team to play against, the conditions suited them and it became a tight game, the kind of game we haven’t converted this year, the boys dug in and we thoroughly deserved to win the game.”
It was a game that started with a bang and in the short period of sunshine at the start Veseyans left wing Joe Williams went in for two quick tries, taking the score out to an early 10-0 lead. With the rain came a long period of very tense rugby with both sides looking to control territory and struggling to shift the ball around in wet and muddy conditions. Veseyans were able to keep Salts out with some great sets of defence, and captain Rob Russell proving a thorn in the side of the visitors line out on more than one occasion.
Salts converted a couple of penalties and it was game on going into the final stages, however, a good period of pressure from Veseyans led to a yellow card for the visitors and a couple of minutes later the home side made the extra man pay sending winger Andrew Tovey over for his first try in Black and White, sealing the win.
Veseyans went for the fourth try in the last couple of minutes but an attempted cross field kick didn’t quite come off. Nevertheless, a very pleasing result for the V’s and they will look to build on it as they return to league action on the 11th February away at Old Yards.