Sat 16 Sep 2017
A mixture of the very young and the mature of Wells Rugby Club formed the squad that ultimately turned in a very satisfying performance in front of the club's Head Coach Peter Kennedy, who on his return to the club will share his time between the two senior sides, hopefully developing a much needed conveyor belt to the clubs 1st XV.
With so many clubs seemingly content to raid their neighbours with so called "recruitment policies", Wells will continue to develop from within, Saturday's fixture proof positive that this is the way to go!
Minehead started much the stronger and their big pack clearly were intent on keeping the ball close and testing the home tackling, which was excellent.
A penalty from near the half way line from Minehead's full back opened the scoring, but Wells replied in great fashion, when a break down the left was well finished by wing Harry White, who also slotted the conversion from wide out.
The evergreen Martin Phipps, who had a storming game then added a try just before half time to give Wells a 12-3 cushion turning round to play up the famous Portway slope.
Ted Roe on for the injured Luca Hiscox began to make some good breaks and with scrum half Jason Attwood a menace from the base, Wells began to improve all aspects of their game.
Captain Mason Brook was outstanding especially in the loose and Shane Ingram's return to the team gave them a cutting edge in the ball carrying and tackling department.
Ten minutes into the second half, a mixture of fly Oscar Townend, full back Zach Nixon and wing Tav Papadopoulos, made good progress on the left, Roe adding to the lead with a well taken try.
White converted for a 19-3 lead.
Kennedy started to ring the changes from the bench replacing the hard working Sam Wedmore with youngster Joe Kerrigan, Dave Atwell allowing Hiscox to return to the fray, whilst Jordan Crook made his debut in the back row.
Excellent play involving forwards and backs, ended with Townend scoring under the posts, his own conversion of the try taking the score to 26-3.
Rob Baker became the final change, replacing White who had made a good contribution throughout.
Papadopoulos then scored a deserved try near the end, Townend adding the conversion.
The injured player/manager Andy Perrin should be congratulated for his efforts in the week on the management of the side.
Hopefully the majority of the squad will make themselves available in future and the team will develop on the improvements that took place on the pitch throughout the game.
Head Coach Kennedy impressed on this after the final whistle and added that the whole squad had done the club proud.
He hoped that a number would compete for 1st team places if they committed to training and was particularly impressed with the massive improvement that took place during the game in terms of support play, defence and reorganising the attack at ruck time.
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