Club finally back to winning ways at Well Hall in 2019 and all agree it was (almost) worth the wait!
Following on from a solid five point morale boosting win away at Moseley the previous week but still with only losing bonus points to show for their home games in 2019 the expectant and slightly nervous crowd hoped that this would be the game that broke the duck and so it was to prove.
As with every game this season the Well Hall faithful were gathered in good numbers despite the problems on the trains and they were clearly expecting something better this week against a notorious difficult and physical Caldy side. This was almost immediately underlined when Harry Fry was unceremoniously sent flying by the rather large Caldy loose head prop who had failed to see that poor old Harry didn’t even have the ball! Anyway once Harry had put himself back together and moved out the way Elliot Clements Hill stepped forward and took the three points on offer. Club were off and 3-0 up.
Clubs attacking intent was evident from the start and when Caldy kicked to touch after gathering the restart Club opted for the quick throw rather than taking the lineout. Whilst the crowd were initially excited by the speed of the game when the referee penalised Club and Caldy found touch the crowd were not so convinced and rightly so as Caldy moved the ball through the hands found an overlap and scored a well worked try in the far corner. Much like many of Clubs conversions this season Caldy conversion was missed which meant the visitors were only 3-5 in front after 8 minutes.
But it wasn’t long before Club were awarded another penalty as they stretched the visitors defence moving the ball with pace through the midfield and Leo Fielding stepped up and converted to put the home side back in to the lead 6-5 but that then triggered an open to and fro first half where both sides scored two more tries making the half time score 20-22 to the visitors and leaving the home crowd somewhat puzzled yet again.
This week the “other” Blackheath came out for the second half and within four minutes of the restart Jake Lloyd went over for his second of the match which triggered a fabulous twenty minutes of rugby for the home side in fact arguably the best seen at home this season and very reminiscent of last seasons thrashing of Coventry at Well Hall. So it was six minutes later that Lloyd flew over for his third of the match shortly followed by the what would be unlucky James Catt who found himself just inside the Caldy half with clear space and only the line ahead of him which he crossed with two defenders on his back but sadly injuring himself in the process, we wish him well. The finish to the exceptional period was another try this time by Harry Bate back in action at home after a lengthy lay off.
The contest was well and truly over by this point with Club 46-25 and the crowd were in good spirits and voice cheering the boys on to the finish but as we now know with Caldy they did not stop trying to play and secure those losing bonus points in an effort to keep themselves out of the relegation battle and they snatched one as they scored their fourth try in the final minutes of the game
By the end Blackheath had comfortably secured another five valuable league points from the 46-32 home win but there will surely be questions as to the uncharacteristically generous home defence that allowed the opposition four relatively easy tries? But that wasn’t worrying the Well Hall faithful who were gathered under the fabulous LED lights to cheer the boys off the field. As is now tradition for the after match awards they were also in good voice and spirits later in the Greene King bar late into the evening celebrating what was astonishingly (and rather damagingly) Club first home win of 2019.
Congratulations to all the team for the result but a special mention to James Catt who was presented with his 100 Cap and also to Jake Lloyd for a splendid hat trick.