After warming up in a torrential downpour both teams struggled to keep the ball for long periods of possession in the first half. Salts started with a set game plan to keep Veseyans pinned in their 22 with their fly half sending some accurate kicks into the bottom corner on the wet surface. Salts managed to open their account with a penalty in front of the posts after some resolute Veseyans defence. Midway through the first period the Salts territorial pressure finally told and they were over to make it 10-0 at half time.
After the break it was Veseyans who who had the better of the territory, building some nice passages of multi phase rugby, but they weren’t able to break down the Salts defensive line who tackled well, and a number of errors in the wet conditions cost Veseyans.
Despite having the majority of possession and territory in the second half, the V’s allowed Salts to score 3 breakaway tries taking the game away from Veseyans who had only a Will Slattery penalty to show for their efforts.
Some fantastic efforts from that man Slattery, Pete Atkins, Jake Farrow and Andy ‘Food’ Ryley to name but a few, but Veseyans will leave this fixture ruing some lapses in concentration just as they did away at Kidderminster. With a few players back from injury over the next couple of weeks, the V’s will be looking to pick up some league points in their November fixtures against Old Yards (Home – 7th), Shrewsbury (Away – 14th) and Stafford (Home – 21st).