Saturday afternoon appeared to encapsulate all four seasons in the space of eighty minutes, from a bitterly cold wind and driving rain to pleasant warm sunshine. Wellington left Chew Valley with no points and several injury worries.
Kicking off into the wind the early exchanges were fairly even, with both sides enjoying periods of possession and territory. As half time approached the home side were three points up following a penalty, but honours were fairly even.
Matt Parsons then suffered a really unpleasant looking injury to his finger. This meant several positions in the back line had to be changed, including Dan Rottenbury bravely returning to the field despite earlier suffering a knee injury. This inevitably caused little confusion in Wellington’s defensive set up and Chew took full advantage, running in two tries in three minutes before the half time whistle.
The second half belonged to Wellington as they exerted considerable pressure. The injury toll continued however as Sam John had to leave the field with a split ear, and Dan Rottenbury finally succumbed to his knee injury. This did mean that supporters were treated to the fearsome sight of Anthony Gill thundering down the wing.
Wellington got over the home side’s line twice through the forwards, however once they were held up and the second time the ball was lost forward as Micky Norman tried to ground it. The skipper made no mistake with five minutes to go however as he came on a short, hard line on Will Brewer’s shoulder and carried three players over the line with him.
The conversion meant that any score would at least give the visitors a losing bonus point. It was not to be however as Wellington were penalised in front of their own posts on the last play of the match. This took the home side to 18 points. By the end there were several other players carrying injuries, but the whole team showed good spirit and kept going.
Next week sees the 1st XV at home to third-placed Stroud, kick off 3.00pm