The 2016/17 league season kicked off at the Memorial Ground this weekend, the Veseyans family full of confidence on the back of their away win at Camp Hill last week.

In wet and slippery conditions Veseyans settled into the game well taking a 3 point lead from the boot of centre Harry Griffiths. The home side looked in control of the game but a number of handling errors in the difficult conditions limited the continuity of the game.  Against the run of play, Kidderminster got a loose ball and kicked it through, the bounce deceiving the retreating defender and landing nicely in the chasers hands for him to dot down.

Kiddy extended their lead with a carbon copy of the first try soon after and the home side found themselves 3-10 down. A sin bin to second row Ben Harris Lee to a tough spell for Veseyans who were without two senior tight heads and the scrum was under pressure without the big second row. The V’s defended for long periods and looked to have kept Kiddy at bay before a pushover scrum just before the sin bin was to end.

The second half started as the first had with the home side taking control, they looked to have cut the deficit within a couple of minutes with some good play from centre Tim Lloyd and back row Ali Booth almost putting Griffiths over in the corner but the weather again took over with the ball slipping from his hands as he stretched for the line.

Both sides struggled to make the most of opportunities in the slippy weather. Veseyans will of felt heavily aggrieved when winger Alex Morgan looked to be flying past his opposite man to chase a kick through and was held back before he could reach the ball and dot down, though the ref didn’t agree.

The V’s managed a superb first phase try through Morgan and full back Ben Brown, who had looked lively all day, scored in the final play to give Veseyans a difficult chance to draw level. It wasn’t to be.

V’s will ultimately be disappointed not to win the game having created enough opportunities to do so, however, errors cost them dearly.

The second team lost 0-10 away to DK Wasps and both sides will be looking to put things right this week with the 1st XV facing Leek away and the 2s face Sutton Coldfield at home.

Photo credit: David Hateley