In a pulsating start to the game Sidmouth scored the opening try but it was Wellington who went onto dominate the first 20mins of the half racing into a 18 – 5 lead via two penalties from fullback Tom Hawkings, and tries by wingers Joe Coppin & Nev Pitman – one of which was converted by Hawkings, writes Allyn Chetland This stung the well-drilled Sidmouth outfit into action, who started to play some good rugby themselves. Unfortunately poor tackling by The Red & Blacks gifted the visitors the points they needed to get back into the game resulting in Sidmouth taking an 18-24 lead going into the halftime break.
Playing towards the clubhouse in the second half Wellington were confident of getting back into the game to take the win they so desperately craved, however it not meant to be. Sidmouth pulled clear & ran in 21 answered points during the second half to take the spoils with a winning margin of 18-45. Wellington’s cause was greatly hampered due to both centres having to leave the field injured, this coupled with a straight red card for foul play meant Wellington played the last 15 minutes of the game with 14, & at times 13 players. on the field of play.
It was a disappointment that The Red & Blacks could not maintain the momentum they generated when taking an 18-5 lead and the team will be very disappointed that they allowed Sidmouth back into the game by slack tackling. Whilst not scoring any points in the second half, chances were created on numerous occasions but either the wrong option was taken or the final pass could not to be taken which frustrated Wellington. Outside half Patrick Jarman had an encouraging game both in attack & defence, Chris Kitto, Jack Woodland, Dave Turney, & Capt Dan Moore gave their all for the team whist Will Hinchcliffe once again showed what a promising player he is. Replacement Sam John showed 110% passion for The Red & Blacks cause when he took to the field.
Next week the sees team make the long trip to St.Ives in what is sure to be another tough league encounter.