Chipping Sodbury Ladies looking forward to start of new season

September 28 2015

Two wins from their pre season fixtures gave Chipping Sodbury Ladies RFC a boost and their developing squad approached their opening league match against Devizes with confidence.

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Two wins from their pre season fixtures gave Chipping Sodbury Ladies RFC a boost and their developing squad approached their opening league match against Devizes with confidence. 

Having met their opponents in the last game of the 2014/15 season in a hard fought win, the team knew that they would have to be at their best to secure the points. 

Dominant from the start, Sodbury scored within a couple of minutes when wing Katie Lane recorded the first of a hat trick of tries. In only her third game for Sodbury, she stormed over the line following a scrum awarded for a handling error forced after Sodbury had chased down the kick off. The try was converted by prop Michelle Deverill. 

A strong defensive line repelled an attack on the try line by Devizes with tackles made all over the park by the home side. Sodbury managed to maintain the majority of possession and were soon to score again when Captain Becky Petchey flew down the pitch supported by Jodie Leonard, who took a blow to the face but still managed to score in the corner. Leonard was replaced by club legend Abi Bedford who has returned to the team this season. 

The home side widened their lead when wing Katie Lane charged down the field, only to be stopped short by some last ditch defending.  Full back Rebecca Parkhill was on hand to receive the ball and dive over the line.

Penalised continuously at the breakdown, with Devizes being awarded a number of penalties, Sodbury fought hard in defence thwarting any threat posed by their opponents.  

In a bid to end the first half with some points Devizes spotted an overlap out wide and headed towards exposed winger Katie Lane, but her defensive work stopped them in their tracks .

The half ended with Sodbury Ladies 17-0..

Devizes recorded their first points with a penalty from in front of the posts following further indiscipline by Sodbury who made amends with a try shortly after when a kick to touch only made its way into the hands of Katie Lane who sprinted half the pitch to score in the right hand corner. 

The forwards and backs combined well to set up yet another home try from Martine Richardson who touched down almost straight under the posts to score her first try for the team. Deverill converted easily. 

With Tina Best at number ten playing out of position, and Abi Bedford at number 12, some superb handling in the backs working well together set up Katie Lane for another try. 

Sodbury were weakened by a yellow card shown to replacement second row Vicki Britton for a high tackle made only minutes after she had entered the fray.

The away side took advantage of their unsettled opponents and pushed over for their first and only try of the match.  

Sodbury responded quickly and found themselves back in the Devizes twenty-two where they had spent most of the game, but with Britton still in the sin bin Sodbury struggled to breakdown the away defence despite some powerful forwards play led by second row Katie Brain. 

Finally showing some self belief as the final whistle approached it was Becky Petchey that scored the eighth and final try of the day after an amazing team effort allowed her to sprint through to touch down, giving Sodbury an impressive 44-10 victory.