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Wednesbury win with late surge

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Ron Jenkins

  • Matt Dale

  • Tom Huggins kicks the conversion

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WEDNESBURY 15

BLOXWICH 13

THIS week Wednesbury entertained their old rivals Bloxwich, but this was not a very entertaining game.

Wednesbury were weak in the pack but stronger around the field, Bloxwich had a very strong pack and not much more, so for large parts of the match they cancelled each other out.

For most of the first half Bloxwich dominated in the pack but then squandered their advantage with repeated infringements. For most of the half both sides were pinned down in the midfield in what was a very poor game.

Then with only a few minutes of the half remaining Wednesbury's centre Mitch Grearly intercepted a Bloxwich pass, raced nearly half the length of the pitch, and was tackled just before the try line, but his momentum carried him over for the try and Tom Huggins converted.

Then right on half time Bloxwich were awarded a scrum on the Wednesbury five metre line and with their superior scrum pushed the home side over the try line, then added the conversion to make the scores equal.

The second half carried on in the same vein with Bloxwich dominating the scrum but squandering their possession and giving away penalties. Wednesbury regained the lead twelve minutes into the second half, the visitors gave away another penalty, Tom Huggins stepped up and converted.

The game then carried on with a midfield slog, neither side seeming able to take the advantage. With just ten minutes remaining Bloxwich were awarded a penalty which they converted to level the score. Within three minutes they took the lead with yet another penalty.

This seemed to be the wake up call Wednesbury needed, and they threw everything at the visitors. Deep into injury time Wednesbury's fullback Craig Tilley received a pass on the halfway line and went on a run evading tackle after tackle, then on the visitors' five metre line he was tackled and brought to the ground but managed to get his pass away to Sam Ebanks who was following up behind him to finish off the move with a magnificent try, no conversion.

This was a much needed win for Wednesbury in their final game before the Christmas break.

Coach Tom Huggins awarded his man of the match to Matt Dale in his first game of the season back after a shoulder injury.

Wednesbury's next game is on January 4th away to Eccleshall, kick off 2-15pm.

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