First Team Sub
Feb 16, 2013, 5:19 PM
Sat 16/02/13 (14:15): National 3 Midlands
Re: [cherryhopper] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION
Sutton Coldfield RUFC 31 Sandbach RUFC 5
Admission: £5 including programme
Programme: 20pp glossy with a few topical articles, match reports, fixtures etc.
Refreshments from the Hard Ruck Cafe: £3:00 pork bap and apple sauce, £1.60 2 x percolated coffees
Attendance: 204 (h/c).
The Ostrich continues his flight through the N3M clubs, (only South Leics, Nuneaton and Syston to see now) as Sutton Coldfield push for back-to-back promotions. They’ve won their last two matches, both away, scoring 98 and conceding none, but today was a sterner test – if you’re going to be consistently successful, whatever the shape of the ball, sometimes you’ve just got to get stuck in and grind out the win – and that’s what happened today; the final result in no way reflects the battle mid-table Sandbach put up.
Arriving reasonably early, I was able to secure a front row seat in the upstairs bar in front of the picture-windows, which gives about the only panoramic view you can get of the ground.
The Cheshire side were out of the starting blocks early, on a heavy-looking pitch and, with the philosophy that attack was going to be the best form of defence, they nearly shocked Sutton when SA.11 just failed to get in the corner in the 2nd minute. By the quarter-hour mark, the visitors had had a major proportion of the play, and Sutton were having to embark on some desperate defensive work at times. The excellent female referee sensibly ignored the odd bout of off-the-ball handbags and let the combatants get on with it, but quickly stamped on any dissent. With tempers fraying, play became a bit sloppy and SA.11 took advantage of a break-down in play on 25m to intercept and hack the ball forward, twice, breaking the defence and picking up to touch down in the right corner. The conversion drifted wide right.
Sutton, perhaps surprisingly, eschewed a couple of reasonable penalty attempts, but as the first half drifted to a close, they embarked on a long, 10 minute period of possession in the left-hand corner which left both Sandbach and the Ostrich woozy, the former from the pressure and the latter from having to hang over a central-heating radiator on at full blast in order to eyeball the action, and it was more than a relief when the home forwards finally drove over for a try which White converted.
Into the second half and on 51m, Sutton scored a second converted try, a hack-on and pick-up similar to Sandbach’s opener but nowhere near as elegant. Play was then fairly evenly poised, and it was only in the last 10 minutes that Sutton pulled away with further converted tries from White, a break through the middle, and SC.18, finishing off a move wide to the right. A penalty from last play of the match made it 31-5, a somewhat flattering score, but a win is a win and it keeps Sutton up in contention with Ampthill for the league title.
(This post was edited by Ostrich on Feb 16, 2013, 5:21 PM)