The United travelled with a much changed squad from last week, including two colts, Burtenshaw and Williams in the second row. Bridgwater started the game strongly, dominating possession and field position. Good structure and control enabled Pippard to run the ball in from the 22 metre line for a well worked team try on ten minutes. The conversion was missed.
This good play continued for the next five minutes until a scrum was awarded to Old Reds. This was probably one of the main factors in Bridgy’s downfall, with Reds scrum being superior all afternoon. Reds pressure left Bridgy camped in their own 22, and only a superb tackle from Stradling turning the player onto his back and holding the ball up kept Bridgy ahead. Reds now had the wind at their backs and, upped their game, and some very weak tackling enabled them to run in try after try to make the half time score 29 -5 to the Reds.
Bridgwater looked to regroup at the break and get themselves back into the game, however this proved not to be with Reds running in two quick tries almost immediately, following more lacklustre defence. Following this the game became quite scrappy.
Bridgwater’s defence did improve as did the scrums enabling the united to have some possession to work with, although the Reds defensive line could not be breached. Reds did manage to score again right on the final whistle to compound the Uniteds misery.
Bristol Barbarians are the visitors to College Way next week and the United will look to improve on this weeks performance.
Team: Pippard, Brakes, Owen, Smith, Lang, Steward D, Payne, Saunders, Clark, Moulding, Williams, Burtenshaw, Steward O, Windsor, Stradling (Capt) Reps: (All Used) Higginson, Polley