the prolonged weather induced break, Ross 2nds finally got
back into league action on Saturday, taking on a strong
Ledbury outfit in the North Midlands Merit Table. The inexperienced
Ross team worked hard but Ledbury were too strong up front
and ran out comfortable 39-14 winners.
win was forged in the first quarter as they dominated possession
and ran in five unanswered tries as they raced to a 29-0
lead. With the game barely 20 minutes old, Ross were staring
down the barrel of a gun. However, they dug in and the veteran
props, Dave Cooke and Tim Morgan anchored the scrum. Some
strong tackling from Russell Walker and Pete Smith in midfield
stopped Ledbury in their tracks and Ross got to half-time
without conceding any further scores.
second half proved a more competitive encounter, with Ross
posing more problems to the Ledbury defence. With ball in
hand, Chris Price and Dave Lawrence began to punch holes
in the previously solid Ledbury defence. Eventually the
pressure told and Ross opened their account. After another
strong scrum, Ian Phillips moved the ball quickly right.
Tom Harris put Centre, Grant Holdsworth in space and a forty
yard mazy run saw him score under the posts. Ian Phillips
converted and Ross were on the score board with 7 points.
back row of Alan, Mick Pollock and young George started
to deliver quality possession and Ross quickly added another
converted try. Tom Harris pounced on a loose pass in midfield
and embarked on another mazy run that saw him score under
the posts. Again Ian Phillips converted and Ross were 29-14
down, with 10 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for Ross,
Ledbury were able to galvanize their efforts for two scores
of their own and ran out 39-14 winners.
Wye Gardens Services man of the match was Russell Walker
for a strong performance in attack and defence.
2nds are back in league action at Ross Sports Centre on
Saturday, 15th January. Kick off is at 2.15pm.