A cold, damp and foggy afternoon at the newly refurbished Veseyan’s RFC promised a close
and exciting match against their visitors, the Stourbridge Lions, however the match was only able to
deliver that of the latter.
The match kicked off in thrilling fashion as the Veseyans looked full of confidence following
two consecutive league wins, opening up the score line in the first half. The Veseyan’s dominated
possession for the first ten minutes, and it seemed that the home side were in for a good day. They
secured quick ball as a number of phases were played across the gain line. Perhaps the most
notable of plays involved a defence-piercing line by the open side flanker, Jake Farrow, who
somehow managed to release an audacious loop pass from the floor to Centre, Matt Hickpiss, who
soared down the pitch like a gorilla across an Ecuadorian banana plantation. The result was a
deserved try by winger, Tom Greenwood.
Sadly, the early success seemingly created a sense of complacency among the home side,
and the visitors took advantage. The Lions retaliated swiftly with a try of their own, which came only
minutes after the opening score. Greenwood responded with a Sam Vesty-esque attempt at goal to
put the home side back in front. However, Veseyan’s were unable to post another score before half
time and the Lion’s backline took charge to lead 30-8 at the whistle.
Clearly the half-time team talks were inspirational, as the home side started the second half
as they did the first. A wonderful double-dummy lineout move fooled the Lion’s solid defensive set
piece. An vivacious rolling maul by the Veseyan’s forwards carried the side nearly 40 meters
towards the goal line, sucking in the well organised Lion’s defence, and a quick pass from the base of
the maul to fly-half Adam Clark allowed him to show-and-go past the defence and dive across the
But again, the remainder of the half went in the way of Stourbridge.
Yellow cards by both Veseyan wing forwards meant that the home side played the second half a man down in the pack for 20 minutes. This had a clear impact on scrummaging, which was dominated by the Lions for most of
the game. Veseyan’s looked dangerous in attack, but unfortunately were unable to maintain
possession in the wet conditions.
Poor defensive tackling resulted in a barrage of tries against the
home team, only answered once more by winger, Ryan Brunsden, who broke 3 tackles before
putting the ball down over the line for his 10th try of the season. The match ended a disappointingly
one-sided 70 points to 20, however both sides showed flair and exuberance at times.
Stourbridge have a difficult trip this weekend away to Bridgenorth, who sit top of the table
unbeaten. Conversely, Veseyan’s will be playing bottom of the league side Tamworth at home, who
have yet to win a game this season.