We were pleased to welcome back from last years 1st XV Neil Morris, Charlie Coates, Todd Fleetwood and Ollie Nevel all full colours players. Last years captain Hugh Adams was the team coach, unfortunately sidelined due to a shoulder operation which we hope will soon allow him to return to action. With a number of players returning that had previously left in the fifth form, this was a team of unknown ability. Although the score line suggests a one way game it was in fact a very good match with the OEs pack proving a very solid, if on occasions, slow unit.

We started very well with Ollie Platt catching our own kick off and commencing a number of phases that involved good handling to result in a try for Pat Cudmore. This was crucial in terms of settling our nerves and showing the style that we could play to the opposition. Dan Thomas, at open side, scored a poachers try at the back of the line out in the oppos 22. Apart from being stepped once or twice when tackling head, on Dan went on to have a fine first game at open side his pace caused tremendous pressure for the opposition.

14 -0 up after 20 minutes we then withstood tremendous goal line pressure from the OEs as they rumbled time and time again through the pack. Eventually we cleared our lines after consistently tackling everything on the fringes and then resumed our attacks further up the field. Pat Cudmore who entered the line well all afternoon from full back came through to claim a second try just before half time.

Half Time Ellesmere 24 OEs 0

After the restart Nick James scored the first of his two tries that would lead to his massive personal points total 25 a tremendous achievement. Danny Mathews and Ashley James were proving to be a good combination at half back, varying the attacking options and asking questions right across the field. Through well executed moves both of our wingers Rob Kellett and Dan Bowden scored a try each, thoroughly deserved after excellent debuts from both.

We maintained our control throughout the second half again withstanding a 5 minute period of goal line pressure. We had, through Will Blackwell, someone to challenge last years No 1 jumper and we disrupted their line out. At the same time our combination of line out moves, coupled with the accuracy of Matt Hinks throwing in, meant we never lost one of our throws all game.

Despite altering our side due to injury in the week leading up to this game everyone on the pitch did themselves credit, showing the ability to play at this level and staking a claim for a further chance.

A very competent start well done.




12th September 2005  Back to News