If ever there was a time to use the old cliche ‘a game of two halves’, this is it.
In the bright March sunshine, Veseyans welcomed Kidderminster to the Memorial Ground on the back of some disappointing recent form. The home fans may have felt this was due to continue as a sluggish start from the home side gifted Kidderminster an early try as they sliced through the middle of the Veseyans defence. The V’s seemed to respond well and put together some well structured play, but as has been the case on so many occasions this season, there was little final product, and despite all the pressure it was the away side who extended their lead. Despite flashes of good play, mistakes cost Veseyans and with three trys scored by Kidderminster, and a 24 point lead approaching half time, the young Veseyans side could of endured a long afternoon, however, in the lead up to half time some sustained possession led to a subtle offload from centre Dan Poulton, putting captain Matt Gillick over for a well worked try. Poulton converted to make the score 7-24 at half time.
After the break, both sides showed a fantastic endeavour to play in conditions that were perfect for running rugby, and though both sides will feel like they left points out on the park, the game was a true spectacle to watch. Second half trys from second row Adam Mitchell and open side, Rob Lenderyou, brought the scores level with 10 minutes to go and the final 10 minutes became a real battle for the points. The Veseyans had their tails up and it was open side flanker Rob Lenderyou who pushed the tempo of the game up another gear, supported in full by scrum half Dan Hemming and the running rugby of centre Matt Dell.
Ultimately, neither side was able to break the deadlock and a draw was probably a fair result from a cracker of game of rugby. With the two sides due to meet again in the North Midlands Shield semi final on March 26th, both will surely be looking forward to another very competitive fixture.