After an enforced five week break due to the bad weather,
Ross-on-Wye were back in action on Saturday away to table
toppers, Old Colstonians. The disruption to playing and
training took itís toll as a fitful performance saw Old
Colstonians run out winners by 25 points to 7.
was the home side that looked the more cohesive from the
outset and they dominated possession and territory throughout
the first half. Ross, as ever, tackled ferociously and were
well organized in defence. However, with the amount of possession
Colstonians enjoyed there was no way Ross could keep them
out for forty minutes and an early penalty and two late
first half tries saw them go in 15 to 0 at half time.
penalty early in the second half pushed the Colstonians
18-0 ahead and it was only then that Ross began to develop
some momentum. With Gavin Oates, Ashley Nelms and Tara Barnett
punching holes in the Colstonians defence, Ross began to
enjoy quality possession and territory. However, the rustiness
in their play prevented them getting that early score to
put Colstonians under pressure. As the game entered the
final quarter, Ross finally got on the score sheet.
Williams found his jumper Matt Jones at the lineout and
the Ross pack set up the driving maul. Scrum half then fed
Gareth Holdsworth, who delivered a delicate grubber kick
behind the Colstonians defence. In the act of scoring, Luke
Gray was tackled off the ball under the posts and the referee
had no choice but to award a penalty try. Chay Brine converted
and Ross were 18-7 behind. However, this was too little
too late and in the dying minutes, Colstonians added another
converted try to win by 25-7.
Walford timber man of the match was Ashley Nelmes for his
strong ball carrying from the base of the scrum.
Saturday, 23rd January Ross are at home to Old Richians
at Wilton Road Sports Ground, so come down and support your