West Bucks defeat Mowden III in a Tees Merit game

By chris harrison - October 25 2009
West Bucks defeat Mowden III in a Tees Merit game
Skipper West arrived as Tees Merit League leaders and looked to maintain their position.
The Bucks kicked off with the wind in their favour and soon put the hosts under pressure. However it took until 13 minutes for full back Mark Pearce to break from a backs move and take West to underneath the hosts posts. A scrum was awarded and the ball was moved swiftly to centre Tom Armstrong who drove through the home defence to touch down. Fly half Luke Mallinson converted (0-7).
After the first 15 minutes the Bucks took their foot off the pedal and allowed Mowden to take part in the game when, quite frankly, it should never of been allowed to happen.
The game ebbed and flowed from this point and both teams should have scored points.
Half time came and went and harsh words at half time went unheeded as West continued to make silly mistakes gifting the home side easy ball.
Eventually on 70 minutes West were able to score again. They were down to 14 men as No8 Gary Jackson had been sin binned for persistent offending but the 7 man scrum held its own.
As it was moved, openside Ben Glaister-Smith ensured recycled ball, it was knocked up again in the centre by Phil Henderson before it was moved wide to winger Nige Bulmer. He was able to skirt up the touchline to touchdown.
Another win the for the Bucks who now take a break from league rugby as they look for tough fixtures elsewhere.
Performances of note included Bucks seasonal debutants 51 year old Graham Frankland at scrum half who ensured a constant source of quality ball and son Richard (17) on the wing who ran and tackled like a demon.
The West scrum was dominant throughout thanks to Cholmondeley, Wood and Graham and Henderson in the centre proved a constant thorn in the home defence.
Overall a pleasing performance as for the 2nd week the opposition was nilled. But so many of the players know they can perform better.