Home, Sweet Home!
After the Beast from the East, followed by storm Emma and a touch of the Pest from the West...
Saturday 10 March 2018
Wells 10 – Avonmouth Old Boys 3
Amazingly, this was Wells first game on their Portway pitch since before Christmas and how the players relished playing at home again against their visitors from Avonmouth, who themselves had not lost a game since before Christmas. Indeed at the start of this match last Saturday, the Avonmouth side were in the promotion race, lying second in the Tribute Western Counties North league.
After the Beast from the East and then storm Emma, followed by a touch of the Pest from the West the Portway pitch was extremely heavy, but it stood well up as both teams slugged it out in this entertaining and compelling match between two evenly match sides.
Wells were reinforced by the return of Lewis Cohen, Al Payne, Chris Tout, Jake Knight and Aaron Cook and although playing up the slope had the better of the first quarter. Two unnecessary errors then put them on the back foot. A silly penalty was given away and converted and a Yellow Card to Jamie Payne reduced the home team to fourteen men. It was however during this ten minuted period that Wells got back on equal terms. Oskar White banging over the penalty after twenty seven minutes. Whilst there was no more scoring in the remainder of the half, the rugby remained enthralling as both teams battled for ascendancy. So the half time whistle came with the game locked at three all.
Wells really got of to a flyer at the start of the second period. Retaining possession, they went through at least a dozen phases of play before the before a gap opened up in the Avonmouth defence to allow inside centre Jake Knight to go over for a try which Oskar White converted. Wells ten points to three up, nearly forty minutes to go. Amazingly, this was the last score of the match which grew even more enthralling as it went on.
Whilst Wells were happy to use their forwards and Aaron Cooks kicking to make progress, the visitors went more for using their three quarters and putting the ball wide. The Wells pack was excellent in the set piece and around the field winning numerous turnovers, but it wobbled in the lineouts. The Wells chase game was generally good and on a number of occasions one of the visitors back three were caught in possession. The defence was, whilst at times under extreme pressure, again excellent. Avonmouth were using both of their wings to good effect, but the scrambling cover nullified the threats.
Tiredness crept into both teams as the closing minutes approached. There were stoppages for cramp which meant that the second half went on for over forty five minutes and kept up the tension for the Wells supporters, but in the end Wells prevailed for a hard fought and well earned victory.
This Saturday Wells have a re-arranged league match against local rivals Midsomer Norton. Kick off time is still to be confirmed as is is hoped that the game can be played in time for players and spectators to watch the England v Ireland game. The Second team travel to Bridgwater to play their third team.