Veseyans went into Saturdays fixture away at Kidderminster Carolians in good spirits after a strong start to the season, but with a number of changes due to players World Cup commitments (as spectators of course!).
The home side started well in the bright sunshine and were soon over in the corner as the scrum half made a good snipe from a driving maul 5m out from the Veseyans line, this was followed swiftly by a second try and the home side were 10-0 up.
After this flat start Veseyans looked to gain a foothold in the game and retain some possession, they were rewarded with a number of penalties with Dan Poulton, back at the club for a short stint during the off season of his Rugby League contact, missing two long range efforts narrowly to the left of the posts. Poulton then converted his third opportunity to make the score 10-3 at the break.
Looking to continue the second half as they finished the second Veseyans made an error from the kick off and were immediately under pressure on their own line, however, some resolute defence kept Kidderminster at bay and the V’s were soon in control of play again, camped in the Kidderminster 22. The home team defended well, and a number of injuries to Veseyans outside backs was hampering their ability to go wide. Vs paid the price for a lack of execution as the home side scored a third try against the run of play.
Veseyans showed some inexperience from the kick off, rushing the play and conceding immediately, giving the home side their bonus point try and a comfortable cushion in the game that didn’t truly reflect the way the game had been played.
Recovering their composure Veseyans spent more tim in the Kidderminster 22 with prop Reiss Taylor, returning to the side after injury, going over from short range. Dan Poulton added the extras.
V’s chased the losing bonus point, but more injuries hampered the performance and finishing with 14 men, the home side ran in a fifth and final try to leave the final score 27-10 to the home side.
A well fought contest that will leave the Veseyans with some positive areas to build upon but a busy physiotherapist.