Unbeaten Sodbury Ladies power on

November 29 2015

Chipping Sodbury welcomed Yeovil Ladies, formerly known as Ivel Barbarians to The Ridings for their third home game of the season and the first of no doubt many wet and windy afternoons ahead.

Chipping Sodbury welcomed Yeovil Ladies, formerly known as Ivel Barbarians to The Ridings for their third home game of the season and the first of no doubt many wet and windy afternoons ahead.

CSFRC Ladies have conceded only five tries this season racking up 24 of their own ahead of this game which turned out to be a one sided affair.

Sodbury kicked off and played into the wind against Yeovil for the first half.  

Aileen O’Connell charged towards the posts to crash over the line for the first of six tries after a powerful Sodbury surge. The conversion by Prop Michelle Deverill boosted the home side’s confidence and forced the opposition into a defensive position for much of the rest of the half.  

Amy Brooks was next to storm into the opposition’s twenty-two, offloading to Becky Petchey and setting up a powerful forwards maul. Noticing that the drive had slowed and spotting that the ball at the back, Isabel Crew took charge and peeled the ball from Petch who belly flopped over the line. Unfortunately the wind had picked up considerably by this point and blew the following conversion off course.

It was Captain Becky Petchey that stole the show with the converted try of the match having dummied the defender in her path to sprint over half the length of the pitch to score next to the posts. A broken ankle for Martine Richardson forced her from the park, but Sodbury continued the pressure.

Katie Lane’s efforts were finally rewarded when a gap opened in front of her allowing a run down the right to score in the corner.  On the stroke of half time mark Michelle Deverill was also lost to injury, to be replaced by Vikki Britton. Aileen O’Connell who had been brilliantly vocal all game came off for Sophie Jenkins resulting in an entire shift in the front row. The change had little affect on the structure and the scrums remained solid. With Deverill off, Paige Muxworthy who had been training at fly half stepped in to take the remaining kicks using her impressive boot in the blustery conditions to secure a further 4 points.

The second half was somewhat less eventful with the weather beginning to take its toll. Replacements and general fitness kept the game flowing and the only real threat from Yeovil was a breakthrough from the fullback that was thwarted by a try saving tackle from replacement Kelly Anne Garland.

Chessie Kelly appeared to finish the game, with Petchey drawing the defender and holding the pass perfectly to float the ball at the last minute for Kelly to score the try she’d been working so hard for this season.

The final points of the game gave Katie Lane her second try and the home side a 40-0 victory.

Chipping Sodbury remain unbeaten this season and retain top spot in the league table.