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Wyvern 116, BARFC 3rds 24 (11/04/15)

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Mike BerryFor the first time this season, the Dirtrackers’ ranks were completely decimated as ten players set out for Mountfields – later to be made up to 11 when a further player arrived. However in typical sporting fashion Wyvern lent the Dirtrackers sufficient personnel to fill the gaps and effectively rolled their own replacements through the Dirtrackers’ side – a commendable gesture on a day when Wyvern were hoping to celebrate the league title. That they did so confirms their commitment, resources and spirit. The win means that second-placed Hornets can now only equal Wyvern’s points total but with the Taunton side holding more wins, then the league title is theirs. They should now advance to Somerset 1 next season where they will meet Bridgwater & Albion United – an undoubtedly stiffer task.

The Dirtrackers 10 (11) battled gamely throughout and in fact the forwards always gave the home side a good tussle. However when the ball was moved away from the tight, then Wyvern’s backs were supreme throughout, running in scores at regular intervals and from considerable distances. The rot insofar as the Dirtrackers were concerned started in just the second minute as Wyvern quickly whisked the ball down their three-quarter line for a splendid opening try which set the scene for the afternoon. 7 points soon became 40 but the Dirtrackers’ spirit prevailed and Coates battled his way over for the visitors’ opening try duly converted by Ward. However before half-time, Wyvern had scored three more goals taking the score to 61-7.

In the second half with Buller now in attendance for Albion, play became more even with the Dirtrackers having their moments and securing a further try through one of their Wyvern replacements. The home side continued to fire the ball to all areas of the field through the hands, creating some excellent scores. The Dirtrackers retaliated with a further Wyvern replacement scorer and also had the last say with Ward’s clambering try to surprisingly and to the delight of the Dirtrackers, secure a bonus point – that was an unexpected treat.

Full marks and fair play to Wyvern who have always been excellent sporting and spirited opponents. We wish them well in their promotion.

For the Dirtrackers, everyone had their moments. From the back Ward was always conspicuous with his supreme efforts; Knott and McCarthy defended well on the wings and also ran with the ball when the opportunity arose; Buller did a good job of sealing up the middle as well as producing several fine covering tackles; Coates was always taking the game to Wyvern and deserved his try but sadly had to leave the field with a shoulder injury but his commitment had set the scene; the veteran Berry making his penultimate Albion appearance and his last competitive one in league terms battled away at the base, always prompting. Up front, Modrzynski was his usual bustling self, carrying the game to the opposition but unusually not scoring this time; Buck and Burrows stuck to the task well in the second row and got around the field both with the ball and in tackling terms with some aplomb; Moulding and Pearce also did well for Albion upfront, ensuring that Wyvern did not have things their own way.

After the match Wyvern magnanimously presented Albion’s veteran Berry with a memento to mark his 50 years in the game – the Albion President responded by congratulating Wyvern on their achievements and for the manner in which they had accomplished their establishment in rugby football since their foundation in 1970 – Wyvern had been opponents of Albion veterans for many years before they joined leagues just a few seasons ago. An afternoon which started with the doom and gloom of just 10 players turned out to be an entertaining one after all.

Team: Ward; Knott Wyvern Buller McCarthy; Coates Berry; Modrzynski Wyvern Wyvern Buck Burrows Moulding Wyvern Pearce.

Scorers: Ward T 2C; Coates T; Wyvern 2T.

H-T 7-61.


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