Mighty 3s Match Report
As Phil Waine remarked forty minutes before kick off ………” the most difficult aspect of managing the 3rds is working out just who will walk through the changing room door before kick off ! ”.
He’s so right …… but we should not have worried!
We had not only a full team we had subs too!
This week has seen a truly fantastic effort from everyone involved corralling pals to play and although heavily beaten in the end, our boys can hold their heads high. Half time honours pretty even and signs looked good as we struck the first score immediately afterwards to lead 22-19.
Alas though that was about the last time we touched the ball and thereafter our guests took control and bossed the game running out fair winners 22-56.
Preston Lodge are unbeaten in 8 games and if they hold that squad together, will polish off most in our league. Fair play them but we uncovered a few of gems of our own too.
Alex Pennington, a burly tight head prop, up on holiday from London for the weekend gave his all for us. He scrummed toe to toe with the formidable PL front row giving us a solid platform at the set piece. Sadly his debut will also be his last performance for he returns to London on Monday…… I see what you mean Phil!
In the 2nd row John Hancock gave a good account of himself and we look forward to seeing more of him throughout the season. Although he needs to put on some weight he can play a bit as can his colleague in the boiler house, Gregor McPhail. Gregor the type of player all coaches want in their packs.
Our pack stood up well and over the game shared the set piece exchanges with the slightly stronger, more experienced, PL eight.
Ben Black from Duns was another stick out at scrum half. Kept us in the game and kept the game alive too. He’s a fine player who should be playing up the teams.
The difference was down to bulk and fitness.
PL pitched some back row players in their backs and their added muscle was just too much for our brave boys who never gave in.
As, to quote the great man, Sir Winston Churchill who once said :- “Nevar give-up…..mmmmph…..nevaar.
….nevaar give-up ”.
On a slightly sad note though Stuart McLaren took a heavy knock to his shoulder and was taken up to hospital. The good news is that nothing is broken just deep bruising so hurry back Stuart.
It was good to see some lads down who have already played for us this season but side lined for the moment through injury ….. we’ve got a good thing going!
So on that we play at Forrester’s next week and with that welcome back the thoroughbred Richard Borthwick.
Let’s keep the 3rds playing …… keep the faith!
Fin, Jim & Simon ”