Christmas, a month early.
......a flock of seagulls were happily tucking into the worms......
Wells 59 – Cheltenham 5
Christmas came to The Portway Ground a month early last Saturday as Wells delivered a bonus point to win to their supporters with a thrilling second half exhibition of rugby, scoring eight tries and ten in all.
Whilst the afternoon was bright, it was bitterly cold, a brisk breeze adding to the chill factor and an extremely heavy, energy sapping pitch indicating that this may not be a day for thrilling running rugby. Indeed early indications were that it could be a scrappy game with both teams prone to errors. Wells had however welcome back some of their leading players who had been missing over the past weeks. Both Jamie and Al Payne were back to bolster the pack, as was lineout specialist Lewis Cohen. Jake, Alex and Ben Knight were all in the squad and George Killen and Stefan Davies were on the wings.
Nothing really happened for the first twenty minutes, it was so quiet on the pitch that a flock of seagulls were happily tucking into the worms being dug up by the players studs. Cheltenham actually scored first, a try with the scorer going over virtually unopposed. Wells hit back six minutes later when a good bout of passing was finished off by Charlie Willcox. Aaron Cook converted. Wells now started to up their game a little and were more direct in their play and it was nor surprising when Lewis Cohen went over shortly before half time to give Wells and interval lead of twelve points to five.
Whatever coach Pete Kennedy said at half time, it worked. Within two minutes of the restart, Liam Blair was over for a try. Wells were now a team transformed, hungry and eager they sort the ball, winning turnovers, the fifty fifty balls and running great support lines. Lewis Cohen got his second try. Jake Knight just on at scrum half upped the pace with a tap and go which saw Callum Stonier go over. Next a huge drive from the forwards set up Aaron Cook for a cross kick which fell nicely for George Killen to get the first of his two. Liam Blair got his second half way through the half and with Wells now playing almost Sevens rugby, Stefan Davies was next on the score sheet. Another quickly taken penalty saw Al Knight touch down and finally George Killen got his second. All the other points came from the boot of Aaron Cook.
So Wells showed that at full strength they are a formidable team and well capable of climbing the league table. Last weekends win has taken them up to tenth in The Tribute Western Counties League North. This Saturday they have a tough game at Failand against table toppers Old Bristolians. The Second team are home to Burnham on Sea Seconds. Both games kick off at 2.15.
Wells Rugby Club would like to thank the pre match lunch sponsors, local undertaker Danny Unwin and Chris Brown of Shepton Mallet Landscapes. Their support is greatly appreciated.