HARBORNE 19 – 22 VESEYANS
Veseyans will reflect on this weekends fixture with two minds, on one hand a bonus point victory on the other a poor team performance.
The game started with Veseyans looking laboured at the kick off and failing to clear their own lines, leading to Harborne going over in the corner within the first couple of minutes. A wake up call for the V’s that was much needed. For the next 15 minutes Veseyans showed what they were capable off, moving the ball with great effect especially considering the slippery conditions. With a well structured game plan, they scored 3 trys in quick succession, creating space in the outside channels seemingly at will. Hooker Dan Lock was the first to go over, followed by left wing Jack Clayton who scored his brace with two almost identical scores, diving over in the left corner after a series of flying phase plays.
At the rate they were playing Veseyans looked comfortable at 17-5 and should have kicked on, the team will be disappointed with the way they stepped off the gas. A disappointing and somewhat arduous 50 minutes of rugby followed the excitement of the try fest 15. Harborne kept the ball alive as much as possible with some effect, frustrating the Veseyans side who took until 15 minutes to go to secure the bonus point score through second row Pat Clarke. Outside Centre Joe Williams caused problems all day but a lack of execution and sustained pressure allowed Harborne to stay in the game and looked like threatening a major comeback if the full time whistle hadn’t blown following their 3rd try.
Onwards and upwards for the V’s, to be unhappy with 5 points in this league is a sure sign of where the clubs ambitions lie, and they will hope to improve performance over the next few weeks. They face three tough home games on the bounce now against Kidderminster, Moseley Oak and Old Salts.