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Ross rebounded from a poor performance last week to register their first league win since early November, grinding out a committed 13-5 victory against Bristol Saracens last Saturday. For both teams a lot rested on this result. For Ross it was a chance to pull away from a potential relegation battle and for the Saracens, the opportunity to move into the top three and a promotion push. However, it was Ross who were the more committed and physical and deservedly ran out 13-5 winners.

Both teams did their best to rise above the heavy conditions, looking to keep the ball in hand rather than enter into a game of aerial ping pong, but it was Ross with their physical intensity that dominated the early exchanges. Their commitment in the tackle and around the rucks definitely put Saracens on the back foot. Early territory in the Saracens twenty two led to the opening score after Saracens had infringed at a ruck. Scrum half James Hughes calmly slotted the penalty and Ross were 3-0 ahead.

Ross maintained the intensity and did not allow Saracens back in the game, and from another period of pressure, Ross added to their lead. From another dominant scrum on the twenty two, James Hughes sniped to within 5 yards of the try line. The forwards were quickly in support, driving lock Dave Mince over under the posts. James Hughes again converted and at half time Ross were 10-0 ahead.

The second half followed a similar pattern. The Ross front row continued to dominate at scrum time. Jumpers Matt Jones, Ashley Nelmes and Adam Clements were a handful at the lineout, and crucially the ferocity of the Ross tackling led to a number of Saracens errors from which Ross increased their lead from another James Hughes penalty. As the game entered the final quarter, Saracens eventually scored. However, Ross held out with a huge defensive effort in the last five minutes to register a crucial win.

The W James Repairs man of the match was the whole Ross squad for putting in a committed performance.

Next Saturday, 13th February, Ross are away to Gloucester Spartans.


Warming up.

Ross United Under 13’s were home to Weobley on Sunday morning and the game started very evenly, with both sides having their share of attacking moves that were thwarted by good defending at both ends.

Callum and Harry worked some good moves up front and they were very well supported by the midfield of Josh, Daniel L, Robbie and Jake. Ross were starting to shade the play and their superiority was rewarded after 19 minutes, when a well delivered free kick from Dan was deflected into the path of Harry, who scored from close range.

Jake almost doubled the home side's lead a few minutes later when his shot was turned around the post by the Weobley keeper. Liam came off the bench and put in a good effort in closing down Weobley’s midfield, with the half-time score 1-0 to Ross.

Weobley continued to pile on the pressure but Ross’s defence remained firm with the full backs of Ralph and Joe and the Centre Half pairing of Ollie and Dan shutting out everything that was thrown at them. Kieran was forced to come to the edge of his area a couple of times to collect the ball at Weobley's striker’s feet. A nasty injury to Joe, midway through the second half forced a formation change but Ross adapted well with some extra help from some energetic midfielders!

Ross attacked on the counter and it was the pace of Callum that presented an opening for the second goal, with a sweetly hit shot from outside the box. Callum scored his second a few minutes later after a through ball from Harry, to make it 3-0 to Ross.

The Manager and Coaches praised all 12 players for their efforts on a heavy pitch that took its toll on the stamina of the team. The Chairman’s Hardest Working Player Award was shared between Josh and Harry for their tireless running in midfield. The Man of the Match was also shared between Ralph and Dan for their tenacity to keep a clean sheet.

Ross United Team – Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Joe, Ollie, Harry, Dan L, Josh, Callum, Robbie, Jake and Liam.

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