Sodbury get into gear after sluggish start

January 30 2018

Sodbury were rather sluggish during the opening encounters of this match and were forced to play in their own half as St Mary’s contested every breakdown with gusto.

Chipping Sodbury 50 – 20 St. Mary’s

 

Sodbury were rather sluggish during the opening encounters of this match and were forced to play in their own half as St Mary’s contested every breakdown with gusto. The visitor’s determination combined with a surprising lack of precision from the home side led to Sodbury finding themselves behind from a well-struck penalty. 

It was 20 minutes before Sodbury stepped into the visitors’ 22, an incursion made by Dan Bradley who broke the line deep in his own half. There was no score and a knock-on handed St Mary’s a scrum from which they regained possession and kicked long, missing touch but finding full-back Jack Skelton. 

Skelton burst forward and the move finally founfTom Farthing, who blitzed the defence and touched down Sodbury’s first try, which Jon Cook converted. 

Just minutes later it was Cook himself who stepped off his right foot with a burst of speed that carried him unmolested to the try-line. He converted his own score. 

Sodbury failed to deal with the restart and St Mary’s scored wide on the left. Just 5 minutes later the Sods were trailing 14-15 when their defence turned porous once more. The visitors made easy progress from a 10m scrum to score wide on the right. 

When St Mary’s were penalised for kicking the ball on the edge of their 22, fast-thinking scrum-half Tom Head tapped and flitted forward, tackled by a player who wasn’t back 10 metres. Sodbury opted for a scrum in the shadow of the posts. Head picked up the ball and found Bradley who came from deep on an undeviating line which took him past theSt Mary’s defence. Cook converted. 

There were a few issues to iron out over the oranges at half-time, but coaches Harvey Skelton and Matt Dew must have made their points as the Sods scored early and went on to barely leave St Mary’s half for the entire second period. Joe Horton, who was in his second game as captain scored his first try of the game.

Sodbury’s quick ball then found Bradley who floated in for his second try. Cook converted for 5 out of 5. 

From a 5m scrum followed by three brutal rucks, Farthing scored his second try with a display of celestial poise which helped him secure Man of the Match. 

There was a penalty from Skelton but Sodbury gave away their only penalty of the half and found themselves defending a 5m lineout. They repelled the initial drive but this left the blindside open and it was too big an invitation. 

Sodbury roared back into the visitors’ half, and Horton took a pass from Bradley at the back of a lineout before weaving a meandering path to the try-line, beating 5 men on his way to scoring his second. Skelton improved it.