The clear spring day at Tamworth RUFC promised an emotive day for rugby fans from both sides of the west midlands. With the sun shining brightly, the match kicked off in a nervy fashion with a high ball from Tamworth being spilled by Veseyan’s in the opening seconds. However, strong defensive work meant that the Veseyan’s could quickly turn the ball over and dominate field position early on.
A 94% success rate for the Veseyan’s lineout proved costly for Tamworth, and Veseyan’s first lineout victory resulted in a deluxe switch in play to put Matthew Greenwood under the posts for a try down the blind side. Greenwood converted his own try, and earned man of the match by kicking over five goals from seven attempts and reaching a top speed of 56 mph.
Perhaps Greenwood’s successful kicking was somewhat subservient to Tamworth’s Fullback, who kicked 5 from 6 difficult goal attempts and a further two conversions. Tamworth’s early kicking success kept them within range at half time.
The second half proved triumphant for Veseyan’s who utilised their successful lineout to cross over the line a number of times, racking up a total of 48 points which included a superb try from Matt Gillick who seemed to be held up for 25 seconds before finally touching the ball down.
Tamworth ended the second half on a high, scoring a consolation try in the dying seconds to end the match in a convincing win for Veseyans scoring 48 points to Tamworth’s 27. Veseyan’s position in Midlands 2 West (North) now seems safe having been promoted this season, however Tamworth still sit bottom of the league and face certain relegation. Tamworth face top of the league Bridgenorth in two weeks while Veseyan’s travel to Wolverhampton hoping to seal their place in the league with a win.