Droitwich 2s win away at DK
By Craig Browne
105 Metre Cave Try Helps 2nd XV Edge Closer To Promotion
Up went the 2s to be hosted by Dudley Wasps, who are essentially Dudley Kingswinford's 3rd XV, in a long awaited return to league action.
From the kick off it was fairly clear the rain during the week and that morning would play a significant role in the game alongside the strong crosswind. A mistake from the kick off gave DK early territory and put Spa under pressure.
The defence held and a knock on gave them an attacking scrum on the halfway. As usual, the front row of Craig Browne, Jam Hillson and James Fingers provided a solid platform for Matt Wilkinson to feed Steve Poke, out of his usual position at fly half, who threw a wide pass for Andy Vizor who broke the line out wide. He fed Louis Ellsmore who used his power to finish in the corner to open the visitors account.
Continued pressure from the forward pack set up good field position again and thrusts up the middle from Jamie Denby Paul Stevens and Nick Godfrey got Spa close to the line. A wide ball to James Dawson allowed him to use his power to crash over to extend the lead to 10-0.
As the rain came in and wind picked up the flow of the game began to stagnate somewhat. However the game lit up for a short moment when another strong scrum set a platform for Phil Shore to break the line, step the full back and get in under the sticks to score an individual try.
The next score came from Jam Hillson after Andy Vizor skirted around a ruck on the touch line set up a breakdown close to the line. Quick ball from Matt Wilkinson allowed Hillson to crash over from short range.
DK started to play with more direction and used their big ball carriers to make dents in the Droitwich defence. If not for the heroics of Tom Richards and Stu Thomas chopping down trees the score line would have been closer. As they pounded the line one of their forwards spilt the ball forward for Paul Stevens to pick up. He threw the ball to Shore, who in turn gave it to Tim Cave who accelerated from the dead ball line to run in a superb 105m score.
Two Priddey conversions got Spa 29-0 ahead at the break.
The second half was much less structured than the first, the Saltmen seemingly losing focus and allowing DK a soft score through the middle.
The rest of the half contained a lot of knock ons and poor kicking until a series of attacking runs through Stu Lane, Jonny Lewis and Charlie Chalmers was followed by another burst of pace from Shore to get round the defence and scored in the corner to finish the match 34-5.
It was a lesson in concentration this week, whilst the job is done with a bonus point win away from home, the second half was drawn and Spa will need to work on that as they look to secure promotion.
1. James Dawson
2. Jam Hillson
3. Craig Browne
4. Paul Stevens
5. Jamie Denby
6. Stu Thomas
7. Tom Richards
8. Nick Godfrey-Djundja
9. Matt Wilkinson
10. Steve Poke
11. George Priddey
12. Andy Vizor
13. Phil Shore
14. Tim Cave
15. Louis Ellsmore
Finishers - Stu Lane, Jonny Lewis, Charlie Chalmers, Ian Turner