Wanderers lost 19 – 40 to Morpeth Reivers. Match report by Huw Reynolds:
Firstly, best wishes to Lloyd Holmes who sustained what can best be described as a ‘nasty’ injury on Saturday. Photographs are available to those with a gruesome disposition. Thankfully, Lloyd is making a good recovery.
With an opportunity to seal top position in Candy League 1, Wanderers started nervously and despite having a strong breeze in our favour poor exit strategies allowed Morpeth to dominate territory throughout the first half. We had planned to keep possession tight around the breakdown but poor execution allowed Morpeth to score 4 times. Wanderers responded late in the half with a converted try by Sam Taylor. 7 – 20 to Morpeth after 40 minutes.
The second half produced a much improved performance. Some excellent rolling mauls, driving rucks and good retention allowed our forwards to dominate, leading to tries by Lee Thompson and Paddy Douglas, one of which was converted by Alex Turnbull. At this point we were dominating the match and got the score back to 19 – 20. Unfortunately, Morpeth countered with a try of their own and then numerous injuries, including Lloyd Holmes’s broken thumb, resulted in us fielding only 14 men for much of the last quarter. Final score 19 – 40.
An encouraging second half to the season has resulted in Wanderers finishing high in the league and runners up in the County Cup. All bodes well for next season.
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