YARDLEY & DISTRICT 3
THIS game was the start of a very hard run into the end of the season for Wednesbury with the match against Yardley the first of four very tough games.
Although Yardley are bottom of the league it was a very hard and physical game, with Wednesbury using both forwards and backs to great advantage. Captain John McGregor lead by example and Mitch Grealey used all his speed and strength to punch holes in the visitors defence.
Wednesbury opened the scoring with ten minutes gone, their forwards attacking down the middle of the field, drawing the Yardley defence in then releasing the ball to winger Ben Baker to race over in the corner for their opening try, no conversion.
It took Wednesbury another ten minutes before they increased their score, and when it came it was a terrific try. After a move including forwards and backs they released their fullback Craig Tilley to race down the wing evading desperate tackles from the Yardley defence to go over for a spectacular try, no conversion.
Yardley finally got onto the score sheet with one of their rare sorties into the Wednesbury half, when they were awarded a penalty for a Wednesbury infringement which they converted to give them their first points.
Then it was John McGregor's chance, the home side were awarded a penalty close to their visitors line he took the quick tap and raced over for the try, George Ingram converting to give Wednesbury a half time lead 17-3.
The second half carried on as the first had finished with Wednesbury doing all the attacking Yardley disrupting and repeatedly giving away penalties.
Wednesbury persevered, kept their calm and this paid off for them; Mitch Grealey using all his pace and power ran through the Yardley defence with ease to score Wednesbury's fourth try, George Ingram added the conversion.
At this stage of the game the home side's pack were having an outstanding game with complete control over their opponents and were able to win the ball in the scrum at will. Mid way through the half all this pressure paid off, it was Mitch Grealey again who broke through the visitors' defence to score his second try of the game, no conversion.
Yardley were now at sixes and sevens repeatedly infringing and giving away penalties, disrupting the Wednesbury game. This culminated near the end of the game with a red card for one of the Yardley players.
No man of the match award this week; general consensus was it was a terrific team performance with particular mention for Mitch Grealey, Craig Tilley and Ben Baker.
Next week Wednesbury are at home to play their rearranged game against Shrewsbury, ko 3pm.
Wednesbury 2nds travelled away to play a very good Walsall 3rds and lost 46-0.