A lesson learnt in a tough match against Wellingborough

Firstly a massive thank to Charlie Loft for all of his excellent match reports and we were all be sorry that you have decided to hang your laptop up and pass the reporting reigns on!!

Wellingborough Vs Stockwood Park RFC (U16s) 32 – 17

This was a game that the boys were more than capable of winning… however all of the teamwork that they displayed against Chesham seemed to go out of the window against Wellingborough. After initially starting well the boys appeared to forget the art of passing the ball. Wellingborough did seem to fear us a little more then last year however as at the first opportunity to score points they took it with a penalty kick rather then trying to play for the try!

The most alarming thing to happen in this match was the downright appalling behaviour of the Wellingborough player who decided to power drive Eoin into the ground head first. This was truly upsetting as it could have lead to an incredibly serious neck injury. Luckily Eoin is made of tough stuff and was able to leave the game without a visit to A&E. And thankfully the said Wellingborough player was instantly red carded.

With the opposition being down to 14 men the boys should have been able to take advantage but on too many occasions individual players felt that they could just run through the defence without passing. Also, where in previous games we’d been clearing out the rucks and really winning the ball, this time we were caught being too pensive and no where near aggressive enough. Apart from Reecey of course who appeared to have the measure of most players. Decision making was slow and this was to cost Stockwwod over and over for the duration of the match.

The best performance today was Lewis, by far, he was excellent. He broke the line countless times and not only that he was always aware of what was around him. The problem he had was that every time he made the break no one would be there in support, it was like watching Stockwood from last season all over again. Too many times players were left to fend for themselves, with no back up and this was really disappointing because in all of the previous games the boys had delivered such well rounded performances. It wasn’t a disaster of course, as with the previous encounter against Wellingborough they put 50 points past us, but if the lads had got their heads straight then I’m convinced they could have won the game.

Although today’s match was a bit of a slump in form we really do have an excellent group of players who when they have the right mind set can give any side a tough time. This has been the best start to a season I have watched at Stockwood and I truly believe that this team has what it takes to win the league, but they need to want it and also realise that they have to work together. I’m proud of all of them and can’t wait to see them take it to the opposition in the next match.

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