So close, so far
Disappointment for Wells as a penalty in the closing minutes condemned them to a narrow defeat.....
Saturday 3 February 2018
Wells 22 – Old Richians 24
Disappointment for Wells as a penalty in the closing minutes condemned them to a narrow defeat against their visitors, Old Richians, from Gloucester.
Once again, Wells were forced into playing the match at Haybridge, with the Portway Ground still unplayable. They were also once again a number of changes to the starting personnel, Shane Ingram back at lock with Joe Watson and Sam Garret on the wings.
Wells got off to the worst possible start. A needless penalty for a high tackle allowed the visitors to kick to the corner. From the resulting lineout, catch and drive, try, plus the conversion, seven points, less than three minutes gone.
The hosts soon hit back however. Moving the ball from a ruck the ball reached Charlie Willcox who burst through for the try. Aaron Cook converted, game all square. Wells were again next on the scoreboard. Aaron Cook’s perfectly weighted cross kick was collected by Sam Garret who scored a great try.
As the game progressed however, it was becoming clear that the large, powerful Old Richians pack were far better suited to the ever increasingly heavy conditions. With just over half an hour gone they scored a scored a pushover try and as half time approached they again turned on the power to be awarded a penalty try giving them a half time lead of twenty one points to twelve by Wells.
Scoring wise, Wells did have the better of the second half. The ever alert Oskar White pinched a ball from under the noses of the opposition to steal away for a try which the ever reliable Aaron Cook converted. The next notable event was an injury to Charlie Willcox. Up until leaving the field in the fifty fifth minute, he was the only Wells player to have played every minute of every game this season.
Sixty three minutes gone, Aaron Cook bangs over another penalty and Wells now lead by a point. For the next fourteen minutes Wells hung on. Their possession was very limited and cold hands and lots of mud did mean that retaining the ball was to say the least difficult. Old Richians continued to force errors and when the kickable penalty came, over it went and shortly after, the final whistle.
So, just a losing bonus point for Wells leaving them ninth in the Tribute Western Counties North League on thirty nine points. This however is only eight points ahead of the team in bottom and fourteenth place, Oldfield Old Boys.
This Saturday all three teams have re-arranged matches. The First team host Midsomer Norton, the Seconds travel to play Bridgwater and Albion thirds and while the Wells Third team are home to Taunton thirds.
In a week that it appears that the new ground and clubhouse at Haybridge moved a step closer, there was news of two former Wells players. Sophie Peters who was one of the original Wells Angels made her debut for Bristol Ladies in their win over Harlequins, whilst former First team prop, Jack Owlett made another appearance for Exeter Chiefs against Saracens in the Anglo Welsh Cup.