Wymondham 14, Holt Owls 12
A game of 2 halves for Holt
Thank you to Craig Stephens for this match report:
A good show of players from Holt turned up to play what seemed and thus transpired to be a well drilled Wymondham side on Saturday at Wymondham's home ground. Going was heavy under foot and it certainly would test the older (or let's say well experienced ) Holt duet who turned up to play.
The first half we flattered Wymondham. Our game strategy and their strategy were virtually the same.
Both sides were to execute the forwards to straight line and make ground and draw either sides backs - defense into the middle of pitch. In turn this would enable either sides back to run in a possible try from the wing. The only difference between them and us was they appeared to be doing it much better. As a result we were getting sucked into the play exposing gaps . Flow was disrupted very early on when we had to substitute Denton with Tagg for a blood replacement. They wheeled our scrums several times and we were getting penalised very early on. Our scrum has been without question one of our strongest assets up until the Xmas break ( I have witnessed this) so it was all the more bizare as to why we were losing possession, especially when our pack sized out numbered them both in weight and strength ?
From one of these scrums (our put in) bore a penalty ,Wymondham made good ground for touch and from their line out (won Wymondham) Holt struggled to clear their defensive lines -resulting in Wymondham getting a fairly east try left of our posts. Conversion executed 7 points up ,to Wymondham. Now at this point and from the restart -Denton returned back to the pitch, we were getting a little lippy . Wymondham cashed on this .We started to over think play and our opposition carried on with their strategy. We broadcasted our line outs so much so that Wymondham and most of the small amount of Holt supporters knew exactly where the ball was going before it was even been thrown. Ironically it was not for some courageous tackling from Buxton ,Creasey, Humberstone ,Flather, (well our backs) I think they could have run more points up against us before half time.
They did score another try before the break and it was executed by them very much similarly to their first, location very much to the right of the posts conversion easy. 35 minutes now into the game and it may have been the timely arrival by a certain Mr Phil Sharpe ,but we started to come alive. We certainly appeared to finish before the break playing an entirely different game to the other 35 minutes and our strategy became engaged- properly engaged.
The talk at half time was interesting ,most of you were listening to Tommi and Phil not everyone !! .I will not name and shame or ask the odd ones who were not to sit in the naughty corner, but the half time talk showed dividends immediately into the second half.
Line outs won when they were ours ,stolen when they were theirs (where was this in the first half), much more possession to us ,passed out with quick ball to our backs -do not get me wrong, as a team Wymondham still held on with their own original strategy but we got into their heads. 15 minutes in they started to slow ball down, they were tiring. Defensively they were drilled , we had not really tested them in the first half ,now they were having to work!!
Our spirited aggression combined with a better ability to believe in ourselves (along with element of side line coaching ) eventually got us our first five points courtesy of Mr Halton -Farrow. (No conversion) However heads up and now looking like an entirely different side from the first half off we went again.
Wymondham did get back up to our 22 (three times maybe four) but we were certainly commanding almost all of the possession, from them on .Sadly there was only 15 minutes left + injury time.
Phase after phase we battled on ,and were eventually rewarded our second and final try. Mr Frosdick being fired up to go buddling over the line. Mr Flather converted.
Final Score Wymondham 14 Holt Owls 12.
Man of the match -Young Mr Guy Roper , Dick of the Day Oli Denton.
In summary had we turned it on in the first half like our resolve became in the second half this would have turned out to be an entirely different result. Wymondham as it turned out were prepared for a tough bout,
Time off for a few weeks now ,but do not forget that we are holding a Burns Supper 26th of January; Haggis ,Drink, team bonding and for the really adventurous a little Highland dancing (tuition given)
Hope to see some of you or all of you then !!