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RUGBY - ROSS RFC 1ST XV 5, CIRENCESTER 16
Ross entertained promotion challengers Cirencester last
Saturday and after a hard fought encounter marred by some
very wet conditions, fell just short, losing 16 points to
was Ross that looked the more adventurous side from the
outset, looking to bring some pace and tempo to the proceedings.
However, the heavy rain over the previous twenty four hours
meant conditions underfoot were heavy and the ball quickly
turned into a bar of soap. This led to a number of errors
and both teams found it very difficult to build any pressure
or momentum. As a result, the first half was a very stop
/ start affair and the only difference between the sides
was the reliable boot of the Cirencester fly half who converted
all three of his penalties to put Cirencester 9-0 up at
continued to look to move the ball in the second half, searching
for that opening score that would open up the encounter
and it was from such enterprise that Cirencester clinched
the winning score. After a series of Ross rucks, the ball
was lost in the midfield. Cirencester hacked the ball into
the Ross twenty two, but Adam Clements seemed to have the
ball covered. However, under pressure from the Cirencester
chasers, the slippery ball was knocked loose and as it bobbled
over the line, the Cirencester centre touched down to score.
With an easy conversion, Cirencester were now 16-0 ahead.
Ross continued to work hard looking for a way back, however
the clock defeated them and it was not until the last play
of the match that scrum half James Hughes ducked under two
tacklers to score.
Ross-on-Wye Terry’s Digitals Man of the Match was Tara Barnett.
FOOTBALL - ROSS UNITED U13S BEAT LEDBURY IN HAR FOUGHT CONTEST
one of the scorers.
United U13s were at home to Ledbury Athletic Swifts on Sunday
morning and Ross started the brighter team with a shot from
Ralph in the 10th minute, almost breaking the deadlock.
and Liam worked hard up front, although both sides had chances
with Ledbury going closest by hitting the crossbar. Ross
continued to pile on the pressure but it was Ledbury who
opened the scoring in the 23rd minute to make it 1-0 to
the visitors. Their
lead lasted only one minute, as Jake battled well against
a couple of challenges to slide the ball home to make the
Ross midfield of Harry, Robbie, Ryan, Daniel L and Jake
continued to put through balls for Callum and Liam to run
onto but Ross were unable to add to the score before half-time.
second half saw the introduction of Joe and Jacob and Ross
continued to press for the advantage. They were resolute
in defence, with Joe and Ralph keeping Ledbury out on the
flanks and the centre half pairing of Ollie and Dan working
well in tandem to stifle any Ledbury attacks. Jacob had
an excellent shot well saved by the keeper, before a break
down the left saw Josh play a pinpoint cross that was side
footed into the net by Callum to make it 2-1.
had to withstand some more Ledbury pressure that forced
Kieran to make a couple of crucial blocks; however on the
break an excellent one-two between Josh and Harry allowed
the latter to score on the half-volley to make the game
safe at 3-1 to Ross United.
Man of the Match was awarded jointly to Dan and Ollie, with
the Hardest Working Player being awarded to Ryan.
United Team – Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Ollie, Dan L, Josh, Jake,
Robbie, Liam, Harry, Callum, Ryan, Joe and Jacob.
RUGBY - ROSS 2ND XV 17, STOURPORT ON SEVERN 3
Saturday saw Ross 2nd XV continue their winning streak with
a hard earned victory over Stourport on Severn by 17 points
to 3. Faced with a much bigger and heavier Stourport pack,
Ross had to work overtime in scrum and lineout for the first
25 minutes. After this initial period and only conceding
3 points from a penalty, Ross's superior skill and fitness
began to tell.
scrums became more dominant and as a result good ball started
to be produced for scrum half Craig Powell to release the
ever dangerous Jack Taylor and Karl Pritchard. The first
of Ross's tries came from good turn over ball by back row
Mick Pollock. Powell found Taylor in space, who in turn
released full back Chris Gage, sprinting 35 metres and shrugging
off two tackles to score under the posts. This was converted
by Powell to make the score 7 to 3 in Ross's favour. With
half time approaching Ross kept on the attack and only stout
defending by Stourport kept the scores the same at the interval.
now taken the fire out of the Stourport XV, Ross forwards
started to use the driving maul to good effect. Back rows
Pollock, Hayward and Fuller assisted by McCauley and Lawrence
in the second row, drove the Stourport pack back 20 metres
before releasing Tom Hariss for a fine run. Stourport were
deemed offside at the next breakdown by the referee and
Powell stepped up to convert the penalty.
next points came from a well executed move. Pollock once
again turned over Stourport ball. Powell passed out wide
to Taylor, who switched inside to hooker Chris Price. Straightening
his run he charged over from 10 metres, Powell obliged with
the conversion and Ross now had a 17-3 lead. Stourport,
to their credit never gave up and in the last 5 minutes
were denied points with 2 try saving tackles by Hariss and
Nick Stephens, making his first start in Ross colours. This
turned out to be the last action of a creditable away victory
Walford Timber man of the match was Mick Pollock for his
all action display. Ross are home on Saturday, 27th March.
Kick off is at 2 30pm.
Ross squad were Gage, Phillips, Pritchard, Hariss, Stephens,
Taylor, Powell, Fuller, Hayward, Pollock, McCauley, Lawrence,
Oates, Price, Morgan and Powell.
FOOTBALL - ROSS UNITED RATTLESNAKES 8, GORSLEY VILLAGE U11S 2
Just a couple of weeks from their first league win of the
season Ross Rattlesnakes have notched up another fine performance,
completely outplaying Gorsley on their own ground. Playing
in light rain, Ross put on anything but a damp display and
after 15 minutes the match looked even.
scrambled in the first goal with Josh forcing the ball home
from close range, soon to be followed by the goal of the
match; a well placed drive from Thai shooting from outside
the box into the top corner. Gorsley responded with 2 quick
goals and with 5 minutes of the half left, all was to play
in the half, Brandon grabbed 2 quick goals to put Ross ahead
at half time.
second half saw Ross take full control. Rotating the subs,
everyone played their part. Up front, Brandon completed
his hat trick, not to be outdone by Bradley who took full
honours by also scoring a hat trick Whilst the strikers
took their opportunities, praise must go to the midfielders
Troy, Scott, Lewis and Ethan who relentlessly provided good
passes. In defence novice goalkeeper Rory did a Stirling
job with Lizzie, Connor and Sam competing well and giving
the opposition little chance to score.
tried hard to the end, however Ross played well as a unit,
passed well and took their chances. Once in the lead, they
never looked like failing. Hopefully this good form will
go on to their next match at home against the mighty Westfield.
team :- Rory, Sam, Ethan, Lizzy, Scott, Lewis, Josh, Thai,
Brandon, Bradley, Troy, Connor.
of Match was awarded to the whole team for their hard work
and tireless effort.