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Wednesbury rue ref's decision

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

Action from the match on 8 March

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THIS week Wednesbury entertained league leaders Veseyans in what was by far their best performance so far this season, and in the end were unlucky to lose by a score that flattered the visitors.

Veseyans started the game better; as usual Wednesbury were slow to get started. Within 10 minutes the visitors had scored two unconverted tries. This was the wake-up call Wednesbury needed, they upped their pace and kept Veseyans pegged back in their own half. This pressure paid off for Wednesbury as captain John Mcgregor finished off a driving maul to drive over for the try and Tom Huggins converted.

It took Wednesbury another 10 minutes to increase their score but when it came, it was a beautiful try. Wednesbury won the ball in their own half, the pass went to Ben Baker who ran 70 metres, evading desperate tackles, for a brilliant touchdown under the posts. Tom Huggins added the conversion to give Wednesbury a well deserved lead.

Wednesbury's forwards were in outstanding form, dominating the scrums, making yards for their backs, to keep the pressure on the visitors, but for all their possession Wednesbury could not increase their lead; half time score Wednesbury 14 Veseyans 10.

The home side started the second half as they finished the first, with just four minutes of the second half gone they were awarded a penalty. Tom Huggins kicked this to increase their lead. Wednesbury kept up the pressure on the visitors but were unable to break down Veseyans defence.

With 15 minutes gone Veseyans were awarded a penalty which they converted to reduce the home side's lead.

Then the referee stepped in making a decision that turned the game on its head; he yellow carded a Wednesbury player in what seemed a very harsh decision and one that changed the game.

In the 10 minutes that the player was off the field Veseyans scored three converted tries to take the game well out of Wednesbury's reach. Wednesbury never gave in and kept up the fight till the final whistle.

This was Wednesbury's best display of the season and a game spoiled by a poor decision.

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