Wells Rugby Football Club
Friday 11 May 2018
A Wells XV 31 – Butleigh Amateurs XV 12
This was the third annual match between a Wells team and Butleigh Amateurs played in memory of James ‘Pud’ Pullen the former Wells player who sadly passed away during Christmas 2015 from a brain tumour. All the proceeds from this match and various ancillary activities are being donated to Brain Tumour Research
The match itself, a semi serious affair with some players, such as Rob Wiseman and Ash Hill getting their dusty boots out of the cupboard for the first time in many months, or in the case of former club chairman Rich Hickman travelling many thousands of miles from Dubai to take part.
Despite the rather inclement weather a large crowd once again turned up to watch the entertainment. Butleigh got off to a flyer, butchering gold plated chance within the first minute, they then took the lead after five. Oskar White started the Wells score board ticking with a try. This was followed by a Butleigh converted try. Five minutes later, Lewis Smith, a player we would all like to see playing regularly, not only scored a try, but with a magnificent drop kick converted it. Half time, twelve all.
Going down the slope, Wells took control in the second period. Their set scrum had been formidable throughout the game, but now the lineout became another source of good attacking ball. Despite all their endeavours, Butleigh could not make inroads into the Wells defence.
Jake Knight with a converted try pushed Wells ahead, Charlie Willcox touched down for a try which he converted and right at the end Pete Grafton roared over in the corner to give Wells their total of thirty one points and Tommy Corns lifting the cup.
Many thanks to all the players who took part and especially Tommy Corns and his band of helpers who once again created this special evening. Whilst the final total of money raised is still to be finalised, we know that it is in excess of £3,000 which means that over the three years since this event started Wells Rugby Club has raised over £11,000 for charity.
Updated 09:29 - 14 May 2018 by Mike England