Chester 22 v 38 Firwood Waterloo
It's been a frustrating season so far for Loo Colts, with teams dropping out, league restructuring and cancelled games, but the boy's signed off the year in style on Sunday at Chester. I wasn't in attendance, so here's coach Brookman's reflections of events...
On a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon, the Junior Colts travelled to the far reaches of East Cheshire to play at the fantastic new AGP pitch at Chester Rugby Club and served up a quality game of rugby over the 70 minutes.
Having “warmed up“ on the partially waterlogged grass pitch across the road, numerous Chester Minis enjoyed some quality training. The Colts ventured over with initial trepidation of the surface but soon realised that their only worry was the fast paced and free running game which would give their fitness levels a real test.
Not unexpectedly, Chester started the stronger and went 7 nil ahead, but a pinpoint penalty kick to the corner from Benedict, and I mean to the inch from 40 yards...resulted in George doing what he does well, burrowing over from 5 yards. The restart was expertly taken by Joe Stuart and the ball immediately recycled to the new impressive running centre in attack – Joe Mc – who took 3 or 4 Chester defenders with him. When the ball was spread wide from right to left, a great bit of off the ball running had taken Joe Stuart from right wing to left wing. Now being in support and having covered 90 yards, he received the ball at blistering pace and scorched over the line... New Photographic evidence as witnessed by the whole squad on their private What’s App Board has questioned whether Joe scored or dropped the ball... Quote to Coach Brookman post game “Kev - I dropped it as I didn't want to dive“!!!
Cue a new determined backline wanting to make up though for lost opportunities, saw Joe twice and “newbie" Will cross the whitewash in a blistering 9 minute spell with Daniel arrowing a couple of conversions.
And so Half time approached with the scoreline 7-24, and so it should have remained but for a lapse in concentration resulting in a Chester try right on the whistle.
HT Chester 12 v 24 Waterloo
Chester started the second half extremely well and were it not for some terrific defensive performances and some good discipline, more than just two tries would have been conceded. So at 22 – 24 the game was set for a great final 15 minutes. Cue Benedict to settle the day. He spotted a gap and went 50 yards and around the full back to give Daniel an easy conversion from under the posts. There was still time left though for a great move from Joe to Joe Mc to Joe down the right wing , but the final Hollywood pass didn’t materialise to finish the game off in style. Instead some great defence enabled a turnover resulting in a forward drive and Harry F followed his mate George in from 5 yards, although the talk in the car home was that one of their tries, forgotten which, was at least 7 yards out...
Lads - they are all worth 5 points……………..