Hope for Old Walcountians, despite fourth consecutive defeat
Old Walcountians remain bottom of Surrey One after a fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday.
However, despite the 22-15 scoreline at Old Whitgiftians, there were encouraging signs that they may be about to turn things around.
Both sides were well-matched and solid Walcountians defensive tackling, in which centres Sam and Tom Naylor were prominent, kept the home side at bay for most of the first half.
Whitgiftians took the lead on 14 minutes through a penalty and their first try came in the 27th minute, when a combined move by forwards and backs led to their inside-centre going over.
Walcountians’ response was almost immediate - long-serving full-back Chris Drinkwater fielded a kick and counter-attacked to set up a ruck.
Lock Will Thornton retrieved the ball and found scrum-half Eddy Ryan who spectacularly waltzed through the Whitgiftians’ defence for a try. Unfortunately, fly-half Fred South’s conversion attempt was off target.
Charge: Matt Houghton gets into the Whitgiftians defence
Any hopes of Walcountians making further inroads into the hosts’ lead were dashed two minutes from the break when the Whitgiftians’ tight-head prop crashed over for a try after the ball was recycled from a ruck on the Walcountians’ line.
Walcountians began the second half much more positively, and a sizeable contribution in the rucks and broken play by Thornton, flanker Matt Houghton and number eight Simon Fowler raised hopes that Walcountians might turn the match in their favour.
Another piece of exemplary full-back play by Drinkwater, where he retrieved his own clearance kick, led to Walcountians’ second try in the eighth minute.
Drinkwater found the tireless Simon Fowler in support, and he put away South to swerve round the Whitgiftians defence to touch down.
Walcountians missed out on an opportunity to narrow the hosts’ lead when South was off target with a penalty.
Whitgiftians ran in their winning score after a turnover in midfield led to a three-quarter break finished by the Whitgiftians left winger passing inside to his outside-centre to touch down.
Walcountians refused to lie down and were on the scoresheet for the third time when Thornton leapt high to win a line out, from which a textbook three-quarter move was finished in style by pacey winger Ben McDaniel.
This weekend, Walcountians take on Old Blues at their Clock House ground and hope to end their run of defeats. Kick-off time is yet to be decided because of the England v Australia test match taking place on the same day.
Old Walcountians: Drinkwater, Tutton, Naylor (S), Naylor (T), McDaniel, South, Ryan, Bell (Dan), Richardson, Cowlin (S), Bell (Dom), Thornton, Houghton, Connor, Fowler.
Subs: Cowlin (P) (for Bell (Dan), Bramble (not used), Deakin (not used).
Crunch: Dan Bell feels the force of a Whitgiftian tackle
Hanging on: Dom Bell holds on to possession.... just
Weaver: Eddy Ryan prepares a run at the Whitgiftian lines
Break: Fred South makes a break for Old Walcountians
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