Sat 20
St Albans 2nd
7
-
37
League
Second Team
Tries
A Harris, S Moore, A Shirley-Beavan, T Cullen, S Crichton, L Rosser
Conversions
B Bryan (2)
Penalties
T Cullen
Mud glorious mud

Mud glorious mud

By Andy Harris
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Stags second team end winless streak.


In conditions closer to the Somme than St Albans, the Stags powered their way to a much needed victory. Against opposition who looked far better than their lowly league position suggests, Chesham were able to dominate an error strewn match. After an early burst from the St Albans back line it was one way traffic for most of the first 20 minutes. The Chesham pack flexed their muscles and powered up the pitch to drive the home side into defending in their own 22. Chesham dominated the line from the start and from a clean catch the forwards drove over the line for Captain Andy Deane to dot down.

Fly half Tom Cullen added a try to go with his earlier penalty from a neatly taken tap penalty. Another score came after relentless pressure forced a line out in the St Albans 22. Fearing another catch and drive a St Albans forward took out the legs of jumper Stuart Crichton while in the air but the ball fell to Archie S-B who swooped in to score. At half time the score was 23-0, the pitch was a mess and it was becoming harder to work out who was on which side (even for the ref).

The second half started with Chesham dreaming about hot showers and the St Albans backs catching consecutive passes to run in their only try of the game. The Stags woke up and applied more pressure to force mistakes from the opposition. Brandon Bryan was a constant threat on his senior debut - hungry for the ball, beating players at will, hurling himself into tackles and kicking through on opposition dropped ball. By mid-way through the second half the set piece domination was total, loose balls were being pounced on and every 50/50 went to the visitors.

The next try came after the forwards had failed to batter their way over the line but quick hands took the ball to winger Luke Rosser to score in the corner. A final try came after Stuart Crichton capitalised on the confusion caused by a loose ball bouncing off several players to run in from 20 metres.

Remaining highlights were an excellent tap tackle from Midge that sent him sliding 10 metres towards the side line while the opposition player continued to slide up the pitch. Steve Moore sniping down the blind side of a ruck only to pass to a St Albans player he had mistaken for one of his own players due to the mud.

Man of the match: Brandon Bryan.

Captain Andy Deane commented: A fantastic result for the 2nds today in pretty horrendous conditions. A superb win and one we needed after some difficult results of late. I’m a happy Captain!

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Match details

Match date

Sat 20, Feb 2016

Kickoff

14:30

Competition

Merit Table 5