Williams triple sparks comeback
By Jimmy Rees
Williams hatrick helps secure 2nd half come back for Amber and Blues
Warminster traveled to Sutton Benger with huge confidence on the back of their excellent Quarter Final Cup victory the week previously
Warminster suffered some last minute changes but still fielded a strong side. As what has become something of regular occurrence, the opposition dominated the opening moments of the game. Using their big forwards to rumble down the pitch with some strong carries. Warminster similar to last week defence started off fairly strong with Dom Davey and Steve Matthews making some big hits early on! Due to a shortage of front row, coach Rob Rowbotham made his annual appearance for the amber and blues and started, his game was cut very short after having to the leave field after 5 minutes, with Scotty Blaszkiw coming on sooner than expected! Despite the defensive stand Benger did eventually break the line of the defence to score and unconverted try from a short distance line out. Warminster seemed frustrated as the hosts were keeping hold of ball very well and the amber and blues couldn’t get their hands on it. When they did they managed to make an impact. Fly half Jimmy Rees taking the ball to the defensive line before releasing Dan McIntyre with a late pass. With a quick change of direction, McIntyre was able to evade the attempted tackles of the opposition to dash and score under the posts. Rees added the extras. Warminster soon after extended their lead, a quick tap and go from a penalty by Rees saw him run down the blind side of the pitch. Rees was able to find winger Ross Williams who was able to stay in bounds, and in typical fashion use his pace to burn pass his opposite number and evade the the back pedalling defence to score. Rees added the extras again. It would be the hosts that would dominate the half, even with one man short after the referee wasn’t happy with the amount of high tackles coming from Benger, it was home side flanker who saw the yellow for the repeat offences. Benger still were able to score 3 tries before the half ended to take the lead into true second half.
As you can image the coaching team weren’t very happy with the half. Although at times the attack looked threatening, the execution wasnt good enough and the the visitors were definitely being forced to play to Benger style. Mossi ask the visitors to take the game to Benger. So you can picture the frustration when Benger quickly added another score to extreme their lead to 27-14. Warminster were stunned. Luke Windsor was brought on, Windsor made an instant impact with some strong running and some lovely offloads keeping the pace of the game fast, just what Warminster wanted! In the space of 15 minutes Warminster took dominance of the game and score 4 tries playing the fast and expansive game which the amber and blues strive to play! 2 tries from Williams, including a strong powerful run through several defenders. McIntyre also got his second with other winger Dan Harris also scoring when he able to sprint clear to the line after some quick ball given to him. Williams converting 2 and Mathews converted 1. Harris would go on and score towards the end. The second half of the game was definitely much better than the first, Tom Evans at full back was making so fantastic runs from deep. The offloading all around was spectacular in the 2nd half. Skipper Steve Rowbotham was given man of the match for his tireless performance around the pitch, he was strong defence as usual. But also made a couple of breaks during the game and was unlucky not to have scored. He also lead the team very well. Will Thomas was the players pick for game, coming in as a last minute call up and played out of his regular position. However, his physicality was excellent, never backing away from a tackle.
Club Captain Rees commented about the game ‘it was really a game of two half’s! We allowed Sutton Benger play their style and they dictated the 1st Half. In the 2nd half we showed true heart and spirit to get back into the game! The execution of everything we did excellent!’ This coming Saturday, both 1st and 2nd XVs are both home, 1st XV hosting Trowbridge 2nd XV with the 2nd XV welcoming Bradford on Avon 2nd XV. Both Warminster teams are sitting near the top of the leagues so will be hoping to continue hat form. Skipper Steve Rowbotham mentioned. ‘it was a good result for us in the end! There is a lot to work on at training so we will definitely be working hard this week to iron out a few bits’