TMV u 13's v Sedgeley Park
With injury and unavailability we were missing 4 of our squad and travelled with 16 against opposition with 25 meaning our lads were going to have a tough afternoon.
Well. After a summer that saw the lads insisting on keeping involved with regular touch rugby and a training match last week against Heaton Moor , Sunday was our first chance to test ourselves. And against last seasons Lancashire Cup winners - a competition where we didn't really do ourselves justice.
And when we arrived it was clear our hosts expected a pretty easy run out - despite the fact they hadn't beaten us previously.
With injury and unavailability we were missing 4 of our squad and travelled with 16 against opposition with 25 meaning our lads were going to have a tough afternoon. But the beauty of these lads is they are a true team and you can guarantee they will never want for effort.
And. So we began. A real test of 2 very different halves. I will only mention the occasional name as it would be unfair to miss anyone out. The first half was all about attack. Sedgeley couldn't cope with our passing game. We were going wide, popping the ball close and applying a very intelligent kicking game. All backed up by great first up tackling. Sedgeley couldn't get into our half and we deserved to turn around with a larger lead than 2 tries to nil. One a drive from close and the first a delightful blind side move.
In the second half territory was much more even as Sedgeleys big pack and larger squad allowed them to stay fresh. We struggled a little in the scrum but elsewhere remained the better team with still the imagination and conviction to put together some great attacks. But with 10 minutes to go, Sedgeley crossed through a strong run from close in from one of their giants.
We lost our heads briefly but quickly regained our composure and defended superbly to close out a superb win.
Tries scored by O'Shea and Beales. And MoM. It seems cruel to pick anyone out but I can't not mention Fenton - centre last week and showing a superb team attitude to play in the 2nd row today. He ran and tackled all day putting his body on the line for the team. If we get him passing he'll be dangerous.
This is a special group of boys - worth taking time to watch - and another exciting season beckons.
Report from Paul Howarth