Ross RFC 2nd XV were both unfortunate and disappointed in
losing at home to Upton-on-Severn in a merit table game
which they should have won.
blustery first half conditions and playing against the wind,
Ross were controlling things up front and had the 'drive
on' in the scrum and mauls despite being considerably lighter
in the pack. The front three of Tim Morgan, Andy Lovering
and Lee Lusty bossed things from the off and looked formidable,
running at the opposition. Despite having the upper hand
in the pack, it was Ross's defence in the backs that let
them down for this first try to Upton.
half backs were drawn into a ruck and after winning the
ball, Upton made use of the space and numbers to spin the
ball wide to score in the corner. From the restart, again
Ross looked strong up front, but their real first chance
to score in the first half was when the backs took a chance
in running the ball from deep inside their own half, eventually
reaching full back Alex Bound who showed great pace but
was just held up short of the try line yards.
way through the half, Upton scored again, with a 'miss move'
in their centres leaving a gap for their big outside centre
to break through and score under the posts. Ross were still
not phased and time and time again looked dangerous on the
attack, but either carelessness, ill discipline, inexperience
or just plain bad luck let them down. Casing point was when
Upton scored their third try. Ross were attacking on the
half way line, but a knock on allowed their centre to twice
kick on, gather the ball and score leaving the score at
half time at Ross 0 - Upton 19. However, Ross' heads never
dropped and they came out in the 2nd half with all guns
introduction of brothers Grant and Gareth Holdsworth worked
wonders and from a quick tap penalty, scrum half Ian Phillips
found himself clear, drew in the Upton full back and passed
onto to Gareth to score. Replacement full back, Lee Harrington
converted. Almost straight from the restart, the Ross pack
won the ball for the half backs to link up and this time
it was Grant Holdsworth who broke tackles and raced away
to score. Again Harrington converted.
were now constantly on the attack, but again it was individual
errors at crucial times that let them down. A Ross forward
couldn't resist but put a hand in at the rack and from the
resulting penalty, Upton found themselves scoring a further
try. The game should have been dead and buried, but Ross'
commitment (as they have shown over the last few weeks)
never ceases to amaze.
No. 10, Tim Chaney sped the ball to Inside centre Tom Harris.
He in turn passed to outside centre, Russell Walker to touch
down in the corner only for Tom's pass to be adjudged as
being forward! With the clock ticking down, another quick
tap penalty saw Paul Hayward break tackles and the ball
was set for Lee Lusty to break a few more, then Andy Lovering
to do the same, each time gaining crucial yards until eventually
the ball found Gareth Holdsworth to find the gap and score.
Gareth drop converted to try to keep the game flowing, but
time just wasn't on Ross' side.
will almost certainly take heart from this and having a
selection of nominally 22 players over the past few weeks,
things are certainly positive in the camp. Praise will go
to the full team, with stand in full back (not ever playing
the position before), Alex Bound, just shading man of the
match over Lee Lusty.
coming Saturday, Ross 2nds are at home to Bromsgrove. Kick
off is at 2.30pm.