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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE
RUGBY - ROSS RFC 1ST XV 18, OLD RICHIANS 28
After registering four wins in the last five games Ross
were confident they could push promotion seeking Richians
all the way last Saturday. However, in the spring sunshine,
Ross let the Richians take what was to be a decisive early
lead and two late tries were not enough to rein them in,and
they finally fell short 18 points to 28.
teams looked nervy early on, with players failing to hold
on to the ball. Mistakes came thick and fast and it was
the Richians who were the first to take advantage. After
securing their own scrum ball, they moved the ball quickly
across the back line and their winger squeezed in the corner
to open the scoring, putting them 5-0 ahead. Unfortunately
the errors continued and both kickers exchanged penalties
giving Richians a 11-6 lead with half time looming.
Ross began to put together some meaningful phases. After
some strong ball carrying from Ashley Nelms and Gavin Oates
had opened up the defence, No. 8, Adam Clements scooped
up the ball from the back of a ruck and galloped, unchallenged,
the twenty five metres to the try line. However, in the
process of touching down behind the posts, the referee blew
his whistle as a few players were indulging in some 'handbags,'
a consequence of which meant Ross were robbed of seven points
and subsequently went in 11-6 down rather than 13-11 ahead.
11-6 Ross were firmly in the game and a strong start to
the second half was crucial. However, within three minutes
the Richians had added another converted try and on the
sixty minute mark killed the game off with another score.
Ross did rally in the final quarter with the forwards in
particular working hard and both Wayne Williams and Tim
Hanks were able to profit by scoring a try a piece. However,
there was enough daylight on the scoreboard and the Richians
were able to hold on, winning 28-18.
Audreys Fish Bar Man of the match was Adam Clements.
are at home again on Saturday, 20th March against Cirencester.
FOOTBALL - ROSS UNITED RATTLESNAKES 5, GREYHOUND RANGERS 1
In the recent under 11s Herefordshire Football league fixture,
Ross under 11s Rattlesnakes earned their first league victory
against the Greyhound Rangers and did so in impressive style.
moved up to the under 11 league, the young Ross side have
found that there is no such thing as an easy game. Despite
hard training and some excellent performances in some close
fought encounters, little has gone their way until the performance
of the season in front of their committed home support,
Ross Rattlesnakes showed, what we all knew they could do,
and demolished the opposition in style.
creditable performances from the whole squad, rolling substitutions
allowed all the player to play their part. In defence, tight
marking and relentless tackling by Ethan, Lizzie and Connor
never looked like letting the opposition get past them and
Sam ensured no long balls got past his well timed headers.
Brandon put on his weekly acrobatic display of fine goal
keeping, while in midfield, Josh, Troy, Rory, Scott and
Lewis battled hard and kept an endless supply of passes
going to feed the strikers.
stars of the show were the experienced striking duo of Thai
and Bradley, whose endless work was rewarded with two goals
each, the icing on the cake being the killer goal from Josh.
final score was 5 : 1 to Ross. This convincing display will
hopefully boost the Rattlesnakes confidence, leading to
more well earned wins.
FOOTBALL - ROSS UNITED COMPLETE DOUBLE OVER KINGTON
Ross United U 13ís made the long trip to Kington on a bright
started the game as the better side with an early Ralph
cross giving the chance for Callum who shot just wide. The
game started to open up with both sides having their fair
share of possession but the deadlock was broken after a
free-kick from Dan was cleared out of the box, only to drop
to Harry who hit the ball on the volley from 30 yards to
industrious midfield of Josh, Daniel L, Jake, Harry and
Robbie all kept Kington at arms length and a deserved second
goal came in the 26th minute when an excellent through ball
from Josh found Callum, who finished with precision to make
it 2-0. A few minutes later Jake laid a ball back to Dan
with a shot that went just over from 25 yards. Ross
contained Kington until half-time with the sides going in
at 2-0 to the visitors.
playing downhill in the second half started to dominate
the match on a big uneven pitch. Ross, who only had 11 players
for this match, then suffered injuries to Callum and Jake,
both of which bravely continued on. The defence of Dan,
Ralph and Ollie were put under immense pressure from Kington
and this was complimented by excellent midfield support
, especially from Harry who was playing just in front of
the back three and Josh who was starting to play more as
a right back. Liam
continued tirelessly up front to be the outlet, and did
an excellent job to keep hold of the ball when possible.
A point blank save from Kieran, a clearance off the line
from Ollie and some good all round teamwork meant that Ross
kept their third clean sheet running to win the match 2-0.
Manager and Coaches praised all 11 players for their exceptional
hard work in winning the match against a very good Kington
team. Ross United Team were Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Ollie, Dan
L, Josh, Jake, Robbie, Liam, Harry and Callum.
JESSE WELCOMES HEREFORD UNITED PLANS FOR BLACKFRIARS STAND
Conservative MP Jesse Norman has given an enthusiastic welcome
to news that a planning application by Hereford United for
the new Blackfriars Stand has been submitted to Herefordshire
Bulls have indicated that if all goes to schedule, planning
consent will take no longer than eight weeks, during which
the club will invite tenders from potential developers.
Construction of the stand is expected to take six months
on the news, Jesse said, 'In a difficult season this news
will come as a massive shot in the arm for the club and
most importantly for all the die-hard Bulls fans who have
waited so long to get improved stadium facilities. I hope
and believe this application will receive full support from
the Council as it moves through the planning process.'