An extended comfort break and various road closures meant a late arrival to the ground which resulted in a disrupted pre-match preparations for The Red & Blacks visiting Wadebridge, writes Allyn Chetland. However the team took to the field in confident mood and started the game brightly. However, The Camels pack made life difficult for the Red & Blacks eight throughout, especially at scrum times, and it was from a 5m scrum that the home side took the lead via a pushover try which was converted to take an early 7-0 lead.
Wadebridge Periods of attack by both sides were neutralised by fine defence but it was the home side who extended their lead to 10-0 via penalty after the Red & Blacks were penalised for handling in the ruck. A quick and aggressive defence saw the Red & Blacks get back into the game when a speculative pass by the hosts was pounced upon by Jack Woodland who outpaced the covering defence to score from 50metres out, Tom Hawkins majorised to bring the Red & Blacks back into game at 10-7. On the stroke of half-time a fine attack by The Red & Blacks, involving all of the team, saw Luke Breteon power over close to uprights, Hawkins made no mistake with extra 2 points and which saw The Red & Blacks take a half time lead of 10-14.
Buoyed by their 1st half performance The Red & Blacks were confident of a similar performance in the second period but it was the home side who had the upper hand, especially up front, denying The Red & Blacks any quality possession to work with, as a result any meaningful attacking opportunities were limited. Wadebridge scored 18 unanswered points during the 2nd half but this stat does not do The Red & Blacks efforts justice. Wellington can feel aggrieved when they were denied a last minute try, underneath posts, when the official seemed to be the only one in the ground who did not see the grounding of the ball over the line.
A plucky and improved performance from the previous week, if the bounce of the ball and a few 50/50 decisions had gone their way the score could have been far closer than it turned out to be. Tom Hawkins had an excellent game both in attack & defence, Will Hanock impressed from the bench, whilst Joe Coppin & Will Hinchcliff had outstanding debuts for the 1st XV.
The Red & Blacks, whose last away league win came at Burnham in September, have now lost four straight leagues games in a row leaving the team unfortunately now entrenched in a basement battle at present.
Due to annually Fireworks display The Red & Blacks have no fixture on the 5th November, their next fixture is home to Torquay on 12th November KO 2.30.