YARDLEY & DISTRICT 18
WEDNESBURY'S game this week at Yardley was always going to be a tough one, Yardley bottom of the league and Wednesbury only two places above them.
This made for a very tough game, not a classic in any sense of the word. Yardley were soon into their stride scoring a try after only three minutes, no conversion. It took Wednesbury a while to get their act together, but when they did it was with some classic backs play resulting in Mitch Grearly finishing off the move with Wednesbury's first try, Tom Huggins converted.
The game then got a bit scrappy with both sides giving away lots of penalties. Wednesbury started to dominate the game with some good forward play, they dominated the lineout with John Cleaver, Dave Hall and Jordan Allwood jumping well and winning lots of ball.
However poor handling let in Yardley for their second try, no conversion. The visitors then reduced the arrears with a penalty from the boot of Tom Huggins.
Wednesbury committed another infringement allowing Yardley to increase their lead with a penalty, half time score Yardley 13 Wednesbury 10.
The second half started as the first had with Yardley capitalising on a Wednesbury mix up in defence to allow Yardley to score their third try, no conversion.
But Midway through the half Wednesbury were awarded a penalty converted by Tom Huggins. This started a period of dominance by Wednesbury; Tom Huggins and Mitch Grearly controlling the game, Grearly in particular making strong headway into the Yardley defence.
Winning a lineout ball again paid off allowing Dale Doughty to peel off and cross the line for Wednesbury's second try, Tom Huggins converted.
The last ten minutes of the game saw Wednesbury take full control, and though they were unable to increase their lead, they held out for a victory, the final score Yardley & District 18, Wednesbury 20.
After the game coach Tom Huggins said it had been a very scrappy game but Wednesbury deserved the win, his man of the match George Ingram.
Next week Wednesbury entertain Bloxwich, the game kicking off at 2-15.
Wednesbury 2nds lost to a strong Walsall 3rds 14 – 34, Wednesbury's points coming from tries by Adam Avey and Gareth Hughes, with two conversions from Rich Pughey.