Match report by John Hull
As regular readers of this website will know, the Buccaneers’ debut game last season was at Old Colfeians, where they came a distant second in a seventy point thrashing. This year, OCs were welcomed to Well Hall for a return fixture.
Although Club had a stronger line up, the arrival of a large number of Colfes’ old first team suggested more trouble lay ahead!
After the usual tough selection decisions: does anyone play hooker; can anyone throw in at the lineout, fifteen men took to the field and skipper Nik Dinning exhorted them to play with a smile on their faces. Those smiles didn’t last long as Colfes came out of the traps quickest and put Club under pressure. Solid defence kept them out and Club were just starting to get a foothold in the game when a turnover lead to a quick break and long range try to put Colfes 5 points up.
The Buccaneers came roaring back and drove deep into opposition territory, on the back of good forward work and a solid scrum. Finally, from a scrum on the 5m line, a first phase scissor move came off with John Hull crossing the white wash. Bene Medhurst added the extras and the Club had the lead.
The two sides remained evening matched for the rest of the half with neither team able to gain a decisive advantage. Some lazy defence shortly before half time allowed Colfes over to retake the lead. 10-7 at the half.
At half time some replacements were made, with big guns Damion Griffiths and Paul Roberts among those taking the field.
With the wind and the hill in the second half Club were hopeful of turning over the deficit. The game remained evenly balanced and strong running from John Walker and Andy Lock continued to make dents in the Colfes defence. However, it was Colfes who made the crucial next breakthrough. A converted try nudged them 17-7 ahead.
Club kept driving forwards but the half breaks weren’t converted into the necessary score, with final passes not quite going to hand.
As the clock moved towards the red, the Buccaneers unloaded the rest of the bench, bringing on Chris Mann, Tim Brindle and Adam Clark in an effort to change momentum. Unfortunately, the final score went to Colfes, giving them a deserved but slightly flattering 22-7 win.
Great effort from all of those involved, especially Matt White, who “won” the coveted 2 shirt and Jim Nugent, who took on the throwing in role.
The full team sheet was: Olly Brewer, Gareth Hogan, Chris Mann, Jim Nugent, Andy Lock, Frank Turner, John Walker, Paul Roberts, Mark Rogers, Marks mate Dave, Matt White, Nik Dinning, Nick Thomas, Bene Medhurst, Sam Stockley, John Hull, Ed Bracken, Jono Prosser, Damion Griffiths, Tim Brindle and Adam Clarke
A big thank you to the Club Stalwarts and to the ‘Non-Vet’ Bandits who came down to support the team.
Hopefully there will be more games to come before the end of the season. Keep your eyes peeled.