Sat 29 Oct 2016
Match report Stolen form Cantabs.
Haverhill Players did the club proud, supporting the opposition with players and not to mention winning.
On to the battle of Haverhill
Traveling away with a team of 14 is not the optimum start to a days play but it was the start we had, thankfully Haverhill maintained the spirit of the league and loaned us a man to ensure a 15 a side game could be played.
The offset of the match put in place the formula that would form the basis of the game with both sides running hard lines in attack and both sides putting in the hard tackles to stop those lines.
The opening try fell to the blue and white with some superb hands and pace the backs worked their magic and found enough space for John OD to dot down his second in two weeks. 0-5
Haverhill responded with a period of sustained pressure, which eventually saw them sneak round the side to level the accounts. Shortly after another the return kick they found themselves with a pen in front of the sticks and took the kick for the 8-5 lead.
During the ensuing undulating battle Jamie took a 10 minute rest following some happy feet. Being reduced to 14 did not however reduce our drive and following a couple of quick responses to pens we found ourselves 20m out with another, so Big Tom took the charge getting us inches from the line, the skipper ceased his opportunity to put right his stolen try from last week an leaped Orca like over the line (possibly ignoring a slight overlap out wide) to dot down with Sir fortunately in the right place to see it this week. 8-10 (sadly the last time we would by on the right side of the score board.
Haverhill responding once more before our numbers could be restored. 15-10.
The half had one cruel twist left with minutes left to play when Stefano who had been a one man defensive wall landed awkwardly in a line out putting our leaping prop out for the rest of the game.
Half time came and we were delivered some fresh Haverhill faces into our numbers including a prop so the contest could continue as nature intended.
The next 30 mins of play were not to go Cantabs way, we probably had as many if not more scoring opportunities as them unfortunately the white line was ever elusive for us. Not so much for them and despite some great D from every blue and white shirt they scored 3 unanswered tries before we could put in a response.
Big Tom had been carving though them repeatedly but their solid last ditch defence had prevented us from capitalizing on it until finally one of his breaks was meet with a Rands dip duck dodge offload to Peter who gladly finished of the play with 5 points to the good. 34-15
Haverhill delivered one more blow before the final whistle the finish 41-15.
It is a much used cliche to say that the score board does not represent the game. This week I would say the score may represent the game but in no way the commitment. Many Blue and White warriors fought for most of the game with injuries that any other week would have been rested. All I ever ask of my team before a game is that they give me all they have for 80 minutes and to a man they gave just that.