Dirty Bakers Dozen Lose Out at Walcot
By Peter Land
Missing several players stuck on the motorway, Weston gave a very good account of themselves in the mud at Walcot
With only 13 players managing to negotiate themselves around the accident on the M5, the odds of emerging victorious were stacked against a very competitive Walcot team. Walcot sportingly loaned us some players and to be fair they all put in good shifts against their team mates.
For 18 minutes Weston stopped every Walcot attack defending with real passion and determination but were unable to launch any real sustained attacks despite having the slope to their advantage. Walcots' tries were limited to runs ins from broken play rather as they made it 19-0 at half-time.
The second half did not go as anticipated either. If anyone thought a walkover was imminent when Walcot quickly made it 26-0 had not read the script. Weston actually continued to press Walcot and they made mistakes under pressure. Hayden Main hacked a loose Walcot pass through and dropped on it to score. A few minutes later Edward Land scored an opportunist try in the left hand corner reacting first to a loose ball after the referee missed a knock on by Morgan Taylor as he attempted an interception.
Unfortunately, with Walcot feeling justifiably aggrieved at the award of this try they used their superior squad advantage to put Weston to the sword in the final quarter.
In defeat the boys should be really proud, without any coaches they showed good team spirit throughout, their were 13 leaders out there today. Highlights were dylan way at scrum half put in an all action performance and did really way getting the ball out of a scrum that was almost always in reverse gear, noticeably he also put in several good tackles as did many others much to the frustration of Walcot. Callum Bristow did fantastically well at hooker to win the ball whilst props Tom Burge and Bradley Carter held the scrum up every time despite the pressure. Tom Burge as usual led several brutal charges into the Walcot ranks and showed more than a little skill at times when other options were available. Charlie Redwood partnering a Walcot player throughout showed great speed around the field and seemed to relish the mud and the opportunity to play a full game, he was one of the first to every breakdown. Back rows Morgan Taylor, Ethan Kirkham and Ash Shepherd refused to allow Walcot to make ground at any set piece. Hayden Main was as slippery as an eel with the ball in hand, Dan Beer put in some really big hits at centre and I lost count of the number of tackles made by George Charalambous. Jamie Meaden impressed with his running from deep at full back, whilst the dependable Edward Land's stock increased again with a solid defensive display and reactions that are only seen at home when he see's that there is only one hot dog left in the jar to score his try.
The contribution of all the players was evident when the parents discussed today's player of the match when every name got mentioned at least. Congratulations to dylan way for his performance at scrum-half who wins it by a hairs breadth. Next week its Nailsea & Backwell, if you play like that with a full squad you'd deserve a victory.