Holmes Chapel 5 - Sandbach 24
Sat 18 September 2004
Sandbach set off for a very local derby with a mixed team of age, experience and new youth.
Having struggled to get a team out in the previous weeks, we were all determined to make sure we put a good 3rds out as well as a 4th team. We did achieve that and it was good to see so many new players make an appearance.
The match started with an immediate shuffle as the well travlled Steve Jones had not made it back from London, so the skipper moved himself into the second row (from the wing) and moved his son Scott on to the wing. All worked well, even when we moved Scott in for some front of the line steals on their lineouts (much easier to lift a light colt then a heavy senior !!!).
The Steve turned up, so Dad (me) replaced son on the wing and Steve took up his position at No. 8.
We then started to gel and with Fraggle back to his normal best (even though his fitness told) we made some good breaks in the backs using good ball won by the forwards. This led to 2 early scores, one for Fraggle and one for Martin Beecher, who both broke tackles to score under the posts. Both duly converted by Martin.
Before the final try of the half, there was an immense tackle worthy of note. Holmes Chapel were making a break across the field and if all had gone to hand would have had a massive overlap. Mike (Eggy) Egglestone quickly realised this and nailed the centre just as he got the ball, creating a knock-on.
The final try of the half was good use of hands to allow the skipper space on the wing to score in the corner. Tough for Martin converting, and we turned round 19-0 up.
The second half was a different story, we swapped Eggy from the wing to back-row amd Gareth moved on to the wing, while David Pipe replaced Russ in the front row. We seemed to think we had the game won, and basically eased off too much and couldn't really create good chances. Most times when we had the oppritunity people got isolated, lost the ball and we were put back in our own half again.
One great move saw Gash come into the line and ignore his winger and go for the corner, which he made for a great try, but picked up a dead leg in the process. This allowed Scott Watson to come back onto the wing with Dad moving to Full-back.
We then conceded a sloppy try which left the score 24-5. Some more play where neither side could break each other down in the final 22 and the game ended.
Thanks to Jack, Julian, Gareth, Dan, Scott for being "cajoled" in to playing at the last minute. Great to see you all out.
It would be remiss of ne not to have a special mention for the new young players who all made their senior Club debuts in the team.
Mike (Eggy) Egglestone showed he was versatile by playing one half on the wing and the other in his open-side position, and award for tackle of the day.
Dan Adams for a sterling game at scrum-half and did well even when their players were all over him. He also made some excellent breaks and was unlucky not to score.
Gareth Jervis played the first half at blind-side and the second on the wing. Gareth did some great tidying up in the lineouts showing great strength and ability, and in the second half nailed his winger every time. If the referee had allowed a little more advantage one time he would also have scored.
Scott Watson played well on the wing and also made some good breaks always setting the ball back, and looked to attack every time he had the ball.
Finally this showed another 2 father and son partnerships at the Club. With Scott and Chris Watson in the backs while Dan's dad (Russ) was in the front row.
Great team performance and nice to see the young guys fitting in well and not overawed at all.
Julian Hopely, Andy Ennis, Russ Adams (David Pipe), Ian Lovell, Steve Marchant, Gareth Jervis, Paul Jackson, Steve Jones, Dan Adams, Mark (Fraggle) Read, Mike Egglestone, Jack McEvoy, Martin Beecher, Chris Watson, Andrew Green (Scott Watson).
Tries Fraggle, Martin Beecher, Chris Watson, Andrew Green
Convs Martin Beecher (2)