DRFC 27-16 Veseyans
By Dawn Cash
North Midlands Shield Final at Dudley Kingswinford RFC on Sunday 13th May 2012
Droitwich retained the trophy they won last year by turning in an excellent and disciplined performance to see off Streetly based Veseyans at Dudley Kingswinford’s ground on Sunday.
Playing again the strong breeze in the first period Droitwich tackling in midfield was top class with Mark Strutt to the fore to repel the runs of the big opposition back row. In the forwards, the evergreen Nick Godfrey was his usual busy self as was livewire hooker Rob Poke.
Veseyans opened the scoring with a well struck penalty after Droitwich had collapsed a maul. Although soon after back row man, Steve Greaves, powered forward to feed Ian Young who in turn, released Matt Barnes to raced toward the line before neatly off loading to Craig Mortlemans who dashed under the posts to score. Bobby Scott-Walker added the extra points. Veseyans pulled a penalty back on the stroke of half time.
At the start of the second period Droitwich really raised their game with Russ Brown and Alex Saddington powering forward. Veseyans had no option but to infringe giving Scott-Walker the chance to extend the lead with two well struck penalties. Droitwich were getting more and more dominant in the scrummage and when Stuart Brooks was held up over the line captain Luke Eversham and fellow prop Ian Thomas drove toward the line. Veseyans killed the ball resulting in a penalty try. More strong work by wing Steff Bunjsters found Nathan Broderick in support who fed Ian Young to outstrip the defence and go over to put the result beyond doubt. Veseyans did rally strongly at the end and scored two well deserved tries to give the score a much more respectable look to it, but Droitwich had done enough to reclaim the trophy.
A fitting end to another good season by this young Droitwich side and one can only hope that the hit the ground running in September and challenge for the league title that narrowly eluded them this season.
Afterwards a clearly delighted head coach, Jon Andrews, added
“We played so well today both in terms of pace and power, everything we discussed in the run up to the game we did. I can only say a huge well done to the young team”