Hard won victory continues women’s winning run

November 03 2015

A bruising encounter resulted in an away win for Chipping Sodbury ladies as they defeated local rivals St Mary’s Old Boys RFC.

A bruising encounter resulted in an away win for Chipping Sodbury ladies as they defeated local rivals St Mary’s Old Boys RFC.
Having secured a convincing win over Devizes the week before the ladies made the short journey to Almondsbury full of confidence.
 The travelling team kicked off and a ferocious charge from captain and flank Becky Petchey forced an error resulting in a Sodbury advantage from the off. Number 8 Amy Brooks leapt to steal a Mary’s line out and the away side were on the attack straight away.
 Chipping away at a strong defensive line, flanker Sam Poulton was the first to crash over the line but was judged to have been held up and the ladies were forced to try again. Camping in the opposition 22 the Sodbury attack was relentless.  A scrum in front of the posts lost Sodbury the ball but it wasn’t long before possession was quickly regained for Brooks to hurtle towards the line, feeding support runner Petchey who touched down for the try. Vice Captain Michelle Deverill converted.
 With injuries disrupting the fly half position it was Sodbury’s Abi Bedford’s time to shine in the number 10 shirt. She commanded the line using her knowledge and confidence to get the ball moving.
 The away side continued to dominate and spoil St Mary’s lineouts but the home side hit back with a strong running try from experienced outside centre Laura Rugman. The missed conversion left the score perilously close at half time.
Textbook tackling across the park found both sides putting in and receiving some huge hits, but it was Sodbury who put the final points on the score board when Katie Lane at centre intercepted a ball gone to ground.  She sprinted from the halfway line towards the posts and the ball was then collected by Paige Muxworthy at centre to roll over for the try.
The conversion attempt failed to add any points.  
 Despite conceding a number of penalties Chipping Sodbury did well to hold out and the game ended with the visitors recording a 12-5 victory.