Wellington recorded their first league victory of the season with a comprehensive win over Lanner, the visitors from Cornwall last Saturday, writes Allyn Chetland. This was Lanner’s first visit to the Athletic Ground and they were extremely impressed by the facilities on offer.
Wellington didn’t start the best, dropping the kick off hence allowing the visitors early pressure on the hosts line. However as the half progressed Wellington went onto have the far greater possession and territory with the better scoring chances. George Hodgson playing on the wing was unlucky not to score an early after some excellent individual skill.
Wellington broke the dead lock when centre James Weeks strolled over for try after superb work by his team mates. Weeks made no mistake with the extra points. Lanner responded via a penalty to reduce the lead to 7-3 after Wellington infringed at a ruck. A deluge of rain made ball handling difficult but credit to both teams who continued to entertain the large watching crowd however there no was further scores for either side.
Playing towards the clubhouse in the second half Wellington went immediately onto the attack. Their efforts were rewarded when Weeks went over for his 2nd try of the match after great team work with replacement Josh Hancock to the fore, the conversion was missed. The hosts lead was reduced by another Lanner penalty after Wellington infringed at a ruck. Stung by conceding this penalty Wellington produced the best try of the match when Jack Churchill scored in front of the clubhouse after a sublime move orchestrated by fullback Brad Field.
The conversion attempt from wide out was missed. Wellington further extended their lead further when Weeks slotted a penalty after Lanner conceded a penalty in front of their posts at a ruck. The hosts were now well on top and scored their 4th and final try of the match, resulting in a bonus point, via the impressive Hodgson. The conversion attempt was again missed. Lanner tried their utmost in the closing minutes of the game to get a late consolation try but resolute and aggressive defence by Wellington meant this quest proved unsuccessful, final score 25 – 6 to Wellington.
An encouraging display by Wellington who scored some excellent tries, it was very pleasing to see a bonus point for the number of tries scored. With a bit more composure and better basic skills the number of tries scored could have, and should have, been greater. Throughout the game Wellington worked hard in defence with the visitors having no real try scoring opportunities throughout the match. No.8 Micky Norman was rightly voted Man of the Match by Lanner with flanker Danny Lee & fullback Field not far behind in the pecking order. Second row Regan Walker put in a good shift whilst Hodgson revelled in the extra space out on the wing.
Team: R.Marke, J.Dyke, L.Wadham, C.Kitto, R.Walker, S.Davy, M.Norman, D.Lee, C.Jenkinson, P.Jarman (C), G.Hodgson, B.Gamlin, J.Weeks,, N.Pitman, B.Field, L.Phillips, J.Hancock, J.Churchill