Ross RFC 2nds took the long journey North on Saturday for
a league encounter with top of the table Stourbridge Lions.
On a windy afternoon, a mainly young Ross side performed
admirably however, it was an experienced Stourbridge side
that prevailed, winning the match 33-12.
elected to play with a gusty wind in the first half and
as a result Ross found it difficult to get out of their
own half. The Stourbridge 10 took every opportunity to pin
Ross back in their own twenty two and it was only some strong
tackling by TC Leech, Russell Walker and Ellis that prevented
Stourbridge taking an early lead.
the half progressed however, the pressure took itís toll
and eventually Stourbridge did convert one of their many
chances to open the scoring putting them 7-0 ahead. Within
minutes they had doubled their lead, as some weak tackling
out wide let their Winger in to score, putting them 14-0
ahead. With the conditions against Ross, they dug in and
with more strong tackling it looked as if Ross would get
to half time only two scores down. However, on the last
play of the half Stourbridge added another try to go in
at 19-0 at half time.
the wind at their backs Ross started the second half strongly
and quickly camped themselves in the Stourbridge twenty
two. Dave Mince went close, quickly followed by Alex Bound
and Sam Griffiths but Stourbridge held out. Ross then suffered
a cruel bit of luck that saw Stourbridge add another try.
After a clearing kick from the Stourbridge no.10, Karl Pritchard
ran the ball back. Beating the first two tacklers he then
offloaded to TC Leech. The ball bounced up off TCís shoulder
into the arms of the Stourbridge Winger who raced clear
to score, putting them 26-0 ahead.
however, refused to buckle and played their best rugby for
the next 30 minutes. With Karl Pritchard at fullback running
back all the loose kicks, Ross finally got on the score
sheet. After Rob Jode found TC at the lineout, the ball
was quickly moved across the back line Huw Bellamy took
the supporting pass, dummied his man and accelerated over
to score. Sam Griffiths added the conversion and the score
was 26-7. Almost immediately Ross added another score. From
the kick off Huw Bellamy put in a huge clearing kick. The
Stourbridge fullback was tackled by Pickles Rawlings, TC
picked up the spilt ball and crossed to score. Ross were
now only 26-12 down.
were unable to add another score and with time running out,
Stourbridge added their fifth try and the game ended 33-12
to the home team.
young and inexperienced Ross side should be proud of their
performance against a strong experienced Stourbridge outfit.
The Walford timber man of the match was Karl Pritchard for
his counter attacking from fullback.