Wellington made their longest trip of the season to take on their opponents at St.Ives last Saturday, writes Allyn Chetland. The home side fielded a stronger team to the one which put 92 points past Bude the previous week and were confident of inflicting a similar score against the visitors, however, this was not the case. The physically larger home side were rocked by the passion, the commitment & the energy on display from Wellington in what turned out to be a highly competitive league encounter.
Playing with the elements Wellington took an early via a penalty from the boot of Tom Hawkings. Following this St.Ives tried used their larger size to batter and physically dominate Wellington but time & time again they were pushed back by outstanding defensive from the visitors. The home side benefited from a couple of decisions that cost Wellington dear in that they resulted in conceding two tries, one of which was converted, to take the lead 12-3.
Wellington rolled up their sleeves and got back into the game, their efforts were soon rewarded with series of penalties. Unfortunately these chances could not be taken, one such penalty hitting the post and a long range effort falling just short. In the dying minutes of the half St.Ives were awarded a penalty which was duly slotted between the posts for a halftime score of 15-3.
Wellington started the second half brightly and were soon on the attack, an outstanding 50m gallop by second row Will Hinchcliffe was thwarted by desperate defence. St.Ives responded with attacks of their own, one of which was successful to take the score line to 20 – 3. Wellington were not fazed by this setback increasing their intensity and pressure on the home team. Their efforts were soon rewarded when replacement Josh Hancock scored his first ever try after a series of rucks on St.Ives try line.
Hawkings made no mistake with the conversion to make the score 20-10. With 15 minutes of the game remaining Wellington were pressing and St.Ives looked like the high pace of the game was beginning to take its toll. However, following a knock on Wellington surrendered possession to St.Ives. From the resultant scrum, and it must be said aided by some poor tackling, St.Ives scored a converted try underneath the posts for the final score of the game to make the score 27-10.
For all their efforts it was a disappointing final score line for The Red & Blacks, The home side were quick to admit that the score line was flattering and were amazed that Wellington find themselves in the position they currently hold in the league.
Captain Dan Moore led by example, all of the squad were eager to follow his example in a whole hearted and committed performance. Ben Price, in his first start for the 1st XV this season, showed up well, Will Hancock & George Hodgson were solid in the centres, whilst up front the whole of pack never took a step backwards with Jack Woodland thoroughly deserved to be named Wellingtons Man of the Match by St.Ives supporters.
Next week see’s Wellington entertain their St.Austell counterparts at The Athletic Ground – KO 2.30 – the lads would appreciate the support.