Bad Day at the Office

By Chris Harrison - December 7 2011
Bad Day at the Office
Peter Youll Oh the vagaries of 3rd XV selection. There have been times this season when the Bucks have travelled with a much changed, patched up team and still been able to secure a victory. This was not one of those occasions, in fact, things came pretty much unstuck.

West turned up at Mowden Park to find the host clubs 3rd XV in a similar pickle as they kicked off with only about 13 men but by pulling people out of the bar they were at full strength after the first couple of minutes.

Things went too and fro for the first few minutes until Mowden scored on 11 mins.

They were then able to score at regular intervals so that they sat with a 28-0 lead as ½ time approached. West gained an attacking 5m scrum and from the resultant pick up and ruck, fly half, Peter Youll was able to force his way over.

HT 28-7.

West got another score in the 2nd half when Michael Foster finished off a Youll break, but Mowden scored several other tries to take a comprehensive victory.(63-14).

Although Mowden deserved their victory West should have finished with 30-40 points as they dropped the ball over the line twice and butchered 2 other simple scoring opportunities.

Coach Southern and TM Craig Chapman had to play in the pack which contained 6 front row with Chapman being one of the culprits for a drop over the line. At the age of 48 it would have been the 2nd rows first ever try!

All in all a sobering experience for the league leaders who now travel to Middlesbrough next week to take on their ‘A’ XV.