Droitwich visit in windy conditions
By John Brett
More shirts than blokes to fill them
For the first time in living memory Evesham U14 failed to fill 15 shirts on Sunday, injury and social activities meant that Evesham had 14 available and the begging bowl out to Droitwich for a spare. Last seasons game against Droitwich was tough viewing, Evesham more than half a century of points adrift so this will be an interesting yardstick of how our ‘building year’ is progressing.
Very blustery conditions will make it difficult for anyone kicking the ball, the wind running roughly corner to corner across the pitch. Evesham into the wind for the first half, windy enough that a clearance kick given plenty of hoof by George landed behind him and prompted a series of whispers that did not disturb the ref but would make a lipreader wish they couldn’t.
Try to Jackson on the left wing off an Evesham line-out on the right side, thank heavens the line-outs are uncontested, ball through the backs hands nicely. Conversion blown up-back-sideways 5:0. Shortly later an exact repeat by Droitwich, try left corner off a line-out on the right, conv lost to the breeze 5:5. Elliot then made a break that should be mounted in a frame and hung on the wall, weaving up the middle sliding tackles as he went, converted by GB 12:5. In a moment of comedy, Charlie gets the ball and makes a break through the line, still in our own half but ears pinned back and already reading the headlines he is so focused on scoring it he does not hear the whistle from Ger who accidentally took out 3 tacklers and cannot bare to assist an Englishman.
Half Time, oranges in shorter supply than during the war it seems, yep we forgot, again.
Try Droitwich off a rolling maul, Evesham defended it well initially but caught out by the spin. Conversion missed. 12:10. Having found something that worked Droitwich again test the forwards with another maul and disappointingly for Evesham they get the same result, conversion missed. 12:15. Bored with conceding points now, Laurie finds himself with the ball and swerves, jinks, pirouettes and ‘running like he stole it’ from the halfway line makes it almost to the try line where he is caught and pops the ball to Ben to finish. Conversion just wide 17:15. The lack of subs showing now, tired legs and bodies saw the fresher looking Droitwich close out the game with 2 more tries 17:25.
Three things to work on from this week, they are all basics and easily corrected. That was a close game that could have gone either way. No fresh legs and the big rigs still in sick bay, there is more to every story than the W or L, it is performance we focus on and that is coming. Having said that the Evesham scrum needs urgent work as it was going backwards far too easily, some of the lads looked a little below their usual par and the line-out made Brexit look structured and well executed.
Geraint for refereeing - wearing a Wales shirt, in broad daylight, as if referees aren’t unpopular enough
Droitwich for a proper game and the loan of players to make it all work