Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

They think it's all over.....

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:00

With Kidderminster 3rds crying off, Saturday saw the Club's elderly gentlemen entertaining the plucky youngsters from Old Edwardians 2nds, the fixture having hastily been switched from the Streetsbrook marshlands to the Tilehouse tundra. Now as is the modern fascination of getting changed an hour before kick off and running endless drills and attacking patterns our near neighbours entertained the slowly assembling match day crowd, the Vandals included. The Vandals as always watch with some interest having seen it time & time again, before beginning their warm up...the walk to the top pitch. As is their want the Vandals started in their customary less than enthusiastic manner and were five points down within a minute of the kick off following some very slick handling by the young opposition, cue much guffaws & sniggering by the youngsters, thinking an afternoon of fun & games was on the cards. Captain Slow on the touchline totally unphased having seen it all before. Then as always the opposition can't resist changing their game plan and try to lock horns with the much older but heavyweight Vandal massive and pay the price conceding three tries in short order from hooker & skipper Mark Baldwin, flanker Phil Painter and No.8 Gary Robinson, Bobo's try being improved by fly half Max Gimson to give the Vandals a comfortable 17-5 lead. A fourth try from Jason Goodwin playing flanker (as a late Xmas present from Slow) giving the Vandals a halftime lead of 22-5. In the second half it was Eds who again came out the blocks the quickest scoring two tries one converted to bring them within a try at 22-17, but the ship was steadied with with Phil Painter now at eight bludgeoning his way over for his second try of the afternoon and the game was put to bed when scrum half Guy Smith fought his way over from short range. Final score 32-17.

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