Ashlawn 30 Southam 25
The Saturday morning dew marked the onset of autumn and those colder days, but is was captain and man of the match Archie Coats who warmed our spirits. Two sensational tries gave the team confidence to recover from a slow start.
This was Southam’s first game and for some players their first ever game of rugby! So it was no surprise that it took ten minutes to acclimatise to the pace and competitive nature of our sport. By this time the power of Ashlawn’s centre and the speed of their winger had created four fine tries and a 20-0 score line. Nick Houldey scored our first try, his strength with the ball and in the tackle made him a crucial presence. Archie then added his two tries and suddenly the game was very much back on.
Southam were playing the better team rugby, with Tom Parkin-Neal, Harry Latus, Will Scott and James Taylor dominant at the ruck. Powerful runs from Dylan Willis and Oscar Headland were helping drive Southam forward. Talented Scrum-Half Taylor Stevens produced an amazing solo try, jinking past several players to cancel out another Ashlawn try.
Southam were pushing hard for the equalizer in the last quarter, but an excellent Ashlawn try stretched their lead. The team showed such character and came back again, with Full Back Spencer Wadsworth exploding through a tiny gap on the blind side to score an impressive try to ensure a nail-biting finish.
Unfortunately, time ran out before we could secure parity and a terrific game that highlighted all that is good about the game came to a conclusion. We would like to thank Ashlawn for a wonderful game played in true rugby spirit and their teacher for refereeing the game so superbly. Rhys Bennett, Jack Barley-Morey, Ethan Coulter, Finley Simms, Dion Tulloch, Jacob Sly, Gethan Butler and Charlie Morrison deserve a special mention for excellent first performances for the schools. I enjoyed your company boys, you have a very bright future!