OLD YARDLEIANS 8 – 23 VESEYANS RUGBY

After last weeks cup game against Leicester Forest was called off minutes before kick off, the Veseyans players had to wait until this week to get back on the pitch after the frustrating Old Salts result.

On a dry, still day at Old Yardleians it looked like a day for running rugby, but the home side took the decision to keep it tight early doors, and to great effect. Their driving maul was well structured and well set, and following a couple of penalties they drove over in the corner to take an early 5 point lead.

The young Veseyans side were not to be overpowered however and soon got the ball in hand, a clean break through the midfield from Number 8 Rob Lenderyou almost led to the visitors first try of the afternoon but following a couple of passes in being the defence, the ball was fumbled and the chance spurned. Minutes later, that man Lenderyou made another break and throwing an incredible offload over the shoulder in the tackle the Veseyans were through and left wing Joe Williams was in for the first score. Converted by Matt Gillick and the Veseyans were ahead.

With their tails up Veseyans controlled the majority of the game from this point on, young fly half Adam Spinner controlled territory well and Veseyans were rarely threatened. Following another line break in midfield, wing Williams showed the try scoring ability seen so regularly on the training field and was over for his second of the afternoon. A dominant performance in the scrum led to Veseyans controlling possession and Head Coach Dan Hemingway will of been extremely happy with his packs performance against a much older and experienced side. Loosehead prop Reiss Taylor was outstanding all day, and his replacement Sam Wallis added further impetus to an impressive scrum performance.

A late surge by the home side was weathered well by the V’s, a drop goal from their scrum half putting them within a converted try of the bonus point with 15 minutes to go, however, an assured performance with the boot from full back Matt Gillick kept the home side at bay and Veseyans were comfortable in the end for a well deserved away win.