Sodbury Ladies do the Double over Gordano

April 27 2015

Unable to fulfil their fixture earlier in the season despite multiple attempts to rearrange, Gordano agreed to play a ‘double header’ at Sodbury’s home ground, with the result standing for both games.

Womens rugby

Unable to fulfil their fixture earlier in the season despite multiple attempts to rearrange, Gordano agreed to play a ‘double header’ at Sodbury’s home ground, with the result standing for both games.
Arriving with only 13 players and refusing the offer of subs, Sodbury agreed to drop their numbers to match and were just pleased to finally be able to play the game.
Winning by just one point in the dying seconds of the last gruelling match following their impressive victory in their previous game - and having conceded no points in three of their last four fixtures  - Chipping Sodbury were determined to win and win well.
Sodbury opened the scoring with two early tries in quick succession, one by Tina Best and the other by Katie Summerville. A few moments later a clean break by second row Vicki Britton whipped the sideline into a frenzy.  She tore away from the trailing defenders and sprinted almost the entire length of the pitch down the wing unopposed – certain to score. Supporters celebrated the superb spectacle but whispers began to circulate and word travelled down the field that Britton had dropped the ball over the line. With an entire gallery of photo evidence it is unlikely that she will live it down for quite some time.
All action Flanker Becky Petchey grabbed two tries in the first half but was denied a certain hat trick when it was decided to utilise the strong bench and give everyone a run out.
Jane Dixon added to the mounting score line when she dropped a winger, slipped into full back and using her impressive pace outran defenders with ease to go over the line and widen the gap at the half time whistle.
The home side with a newly found fire in their bellies went into the second half as ferocious as the first and continued to rack up the score. Gordano were not without their passion and did well with a depleted team to spoil some of Sodbury’s attacks.
Tina Best at Centre added to the score going over in the corner after outpacing the opposition and Kelly Anne Garland also broke through to score her third in two games. Having a blinder of a game both defensively and in attack Gayle Dodson snatched a fantastically opportunistic try when the ball spilled loose and she quickly reacted to dive onto the floor to ground it over the line.
Sub Chessie Kelly, back from injury, scored within minutes of her introduction when the ball found its way quickly through the hands to the wing. She nimbly stepped round the opposition from just inside the half way line and found herself in space. A quick reassuring glance behind gave Kelly the confidence to make it all the way, effortlessly tearing towards the posts to touch down.
Prop Michelle Deverill converted four out of the nine tries as Chipping Sodbury kept  another clean sheet to win 53-0.

Reporting from Naomi Iles
Photo credit to Jeff Rendall Photography