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Wednesbury's winning streak ended by Edwardians

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Ron Jenkins

  • John McGregor

  • The Wednesbury pack

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WEDNESBURY 21

EDWARDIANS 36

This week Wednesbury entertained Edwardians, hoping to carry on their winning streak, and but for a couple of stupid errors the result might have been totally different.

With just a minute on the clock bad luck struck Wednesbury again, Mitch Grearley took an accidental boot to the face and had to leave the field for hospital treatment.

With Wednesbury a man down the visitors took advantage. Driving into Wenesbury's five metre area, they went to ground with a series of pick and drives went over for the first try, no conversion.

It took ten minutes for Wednesbury to hit back, and when they did the move was beautiful; Mark Kinsella received the ball on the halfway line and ran at the Edwardian defenders, drawing them in field before laying on the pass for Jordan Allwood to finish off the move with a try, Tom Huggins converted.

But their lead was short-lived – within two minutes Edwardians regained the lead with a well-taken penalty. Wednesbury continued to push to regain the lead, and then came the first error on the Edwardian five metre line. Attacking, they knocked the ball on, the visitors played the ball out to their winger who ran the full length of the pitch for a superb try, and they added the conversion.

Wednesbury kept up the pressure but went further behind to two very good converted tries, and the halftime score was Wednesbury 7 Edwardians 29.

Wednesbury dominated the second half, keeping the visitors pegged back in their own half, but their defence held. Wednesbury's pack, who had struggled in the first half, now took control of the game, pushing back their opponents with every scrum and gaining yardage.

Dave Hall, who had a sterling game, rounded off his performance with a try midway through the half, Tom Huggins converted.

With all their possession Wednesbury again let it slip with a virtual carbon copy try; Wednesbury on the attack knocked the ball on, Edwardians played the ball out to their winger who again ran nearly the full length of the pitch for the try, and they added the conversion.

Within three minutes Wednesbury's efforts paid off. Craig Tilley, went over for a try, Tom Huggins added the conversion. For the last few minutes Wednesbury continually pushed to increase their points tally, but the Edwardians defence held.

This was an excellent game of rugby with both sides giving their all.

For the second week running the coaches could not pick a man of the match, and although John McGregor and Dave Hall deserve a mention the award goes to the team again.

Next week Wednesbury travel to face old rivals Handsworth. Kick-off 2-15.

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