Veseyans were quick out of the blocks and through good ball retention, worked their way up the pitch before going wide, allowing Paul Perrins to open the scoring, well converted by Greenwood. Unfortunately, ill-discipline and naivety at the breakdown cost the Veseyans in terms of territory from a good Salts boot, no less than 10 penalties conceded within the first 20 minutes. Veseyans resolute defence work held a strong Salts side at bay until late on in the first half but couldn’t manage to keep out an un-converted try just before the break.
V’s came out the brighter of the two sides, but the penalty count continued to rise. Although V’s had some strong chances to add to their only score, it was wasted opportunities at the lineout & with the boot that cost them in the end. Salts took advantage when in range, slotting penalties with ease to keep the scoreboard ticking over. As the game continued is became scrappier with a red and two yellows shown to Salts players. Playing with depleted numbers Salts added insult to injury with a breakaway from a loose V’s ball that eventually ended with another try for the visitors. V’s narrowly missed a bonus point after being turned over on the last play having been camped on the Salts line for the closing stages of the game.
Faultless team spirit on the day, coupled with the continued hard work off the pitch will soon pay off for the V’s.