Lordswood RFC 26 - 10 Brockleians
Lordswood were back to winning ways this a with a solid defensive performance against Brockleians despite missing star player Dave Jacobs who was off on international duties. There was no way he could get out of his Midget Tossing responsibilities as they couldn't find another midget to toss at such short notice, and Adam Leppard wasn't available due to growth hormone related drug testing issues. He was not available for comment. I may have just overlooked him of course.
Lordswood were forced to soak up massive amounts of pressure early on following some over eager defence gifting Brockleians several penalties and half a dozen driving maul attempts from 5meters out. Lordswood held firm thanks to some inspired defence from Wayne Crowhurst and pushed Brocks back. The relentless possession and territory eventually paid off with Brocks recycling some quick ball and using their overlap to put their winger in at the corner, conversion missed, 5-0 to Brocks.
Lordswood then turned the pressure onto the opposition scrum, forcing them backwards. Sean Bones stole the ball expertly and fed fellow back row Paul Notley, who's intensive hand care regime paid dividends when his silky smooth hands returned the favour back to Bones to score on his first game back for Lordswood. The back row of Crowhurst, Notley and Bones were running riot, stealing ball and making Brocks life a misery. Stolen ball was fed out to Michael Scaife who turned four defenders inside out to score down the right hand side with an impressive solo effort.
The second half continued in the same fashion, with Notley first stopping the big Brocks No.8 breaking from the scrum, stealing the ball from him, and then breaking away for 20-30 yards only to unselfishly release Scaife again in space who simply had to outrun the Brocks defence, which he did comfortably despite his Movember moustache creating significant drag, and scored his second of the afternoon.
The back row weren't finished, and another forced turnover from a Brocks scrum allowed a clean break through the middle with Bones in support yet again to finish off the try for the bonus point.
Bones, now knackered at this point, decided to take a deserved rest in the sin bin for the remainder of the game instead of showing how unfit he was, which Brocks capitalised on by continuing their kick to the corner and trying driving mauls against the reduced Lordswood pack, which finally worked for them in the last minute for a consolation try making the final score 26-10.
Man of the Match could've gone to many people, but went to Alex Wellings for managing to go a whole game without getting banned for 3 months for dissent - an impressive achievement for him.
Next week Lordswood host Askeans at home for a 1st vs 2nd league clash, 2:30pm kickoff. Lordswood expect a large crowd for this fixture as it is the clubs 30th Anniversary with James Haskell as a guest speaker for the evening event following the game. This is an event not to be missed as it will undoubtedly end in Haskell beating James Dorman to a pulp for hitting on Kelly Brook. He only needs 90secs to hypnotise women, so if people could please run interference to help buy him time - thanks in advance.