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Wells
Midsomer Norton
Sat 17 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Western Counties North Full time

Twenty two points to nil............Happy!

Up front, the forwards, probably the warmest people around....

Saturday 17 March 2018

Wells 22 – Midsomer Norton 0

Wells duly recorded their ninth league victory of the season last Saturday beating local rivals Midsomer Norton. The win moves them up the Tribute Western Counties league table to eighth and whilst they still could get caught and passed by teams below them, it looks increasingly likely that they will once again be performing at the same level next season.

The match re-arranged from an earlier postponement due to inclement weather did not have the best of conditions this time. The heavy pitch was tiring and energy sapping and throughout the match the temperature was barely above freezing. Also take into account the brisk cold wind, the occasional snow flurries it was surprising that some quality rugby was served up.

Wells started well and showed their mettle as early as the third minute when they forced the visitors to concede a penalty at the very first scrum. From then on it was all Wells, but a dogged defence and Wells remarkable ability to concede penalties at crucial times kept the scores level until twenty five minutes when Callum Stonier broke the deadlock. An excellent conversion by Oskar White put the home team seven points up, a lead they retained until half time.

It was much of the same in the second half, although Wells did start to widen their game. Speedy right winger Sam Garret had some exciting runs and fullback Liam Barlow was more involved in attack. Jake Knight and Charlie Wilcox once again proved to be a competent centre partnership in attack and defence. Oskar White who is equally at home at either scrum half, or outside half is an effervescent character who always has a great influence on the game.

Up front the forwards, probably the warmest people around slugged it out in the mud. The set scrums were excellent and the rather strange lineout formation with scrum half Ben Knight acting as one of the jumpers fully justified the tactic. All the forwards carried well, but as in the first half, they do have this ability to concede unnecessary penalties.

Despite almost total control of the game it took Wells over twenty minutes of the half to score. Credit has to go to the Midsomer Norton defence for their defiant defending during this period of the game. It was once again however Callum Stonier who broke the deadlock, getting his second. Fifteen minutes later Oskar White got the third try for Wells and right at the death, left winger Charlie Crook, who apparently has only recently taken up rugby, showed his paces and how quickly he has learnt the game by roaring over in the corner. Four tries and a bonus point sent the many brave and happy freezing souls in the crowd into the warmth of the clubhouse to watch the end of the England v Ireland game. Ah well, you can’t win them all!

This Saturday, it is once again off to Gloucestershire for the First team, Cheltenham being the opponents. The Second team host table toppers Castle Cary, whilst the Thirds are due to play Cheddar Valley 2nds.

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Chosen Hill Former Pupils 26 68
8. Stroud 26 68
9. Wells 26 62
10. Cheltenham 26 57
11. Winscombe 26 57
12. Bristol Saracens 26 52
13. Yatton 26 49

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