Acklam 22 - 17 TECH

By JGD - March 15 2015
Acklam 22 - 17 TECH TECH made the journey to Talbot Park, Acklam on Saturday for their latest Tees Valley League fixture. With a number of players being unavailable there were changes both positionally and in personnel to this weeks squad. Despite the changes the squad travelled in good heart and looking forward to once again giving a good account of themselves. One new (old) face in the line up was Kelvin MAYSON who made his first appearance for TECH for many years in the second row.

Acklam 22-17 TECH

TECH started the game brightly and after just 2 minutes almost opened their account. Pressure on  the home line saw a defender needing to attempt a clearance kick from his own line. Winger Kieran Sanderson managed to charge down the kick and this led to a 5 metre scrum. Although the hosts managed to hold the TECH attack it was only short lived respite as after 6 minutes the visitors took the lead. Following a Richard FOSTER break Peter CONSIDINE received possession and cut through the defence to score. Paul MOSS was off target with his conversion attempt.

Both sides were attempting to move the ball wide whenever possible but a mixture of handling errors and good defence kept chances at a minimum until the 12th minute when TECH again  scored. After recycling possession through several phases the ball was moved to FOSTER who powered over for a converted try.

On the half hour a misdirected bouncing pass from an Acklam centre caused the TECH defence to be caught wrong footed and as it sat up perfectly for another Acklam player he broke through to score between the posts. Amazingly the conversion was missed leaving the score standing at 5-12.

After 35 minutes TECH should have scored again when good work took them to the home line but Paul MOSS was unable to hold onto the ball and the chance was lost. To make matters worse Acklam reacted quickly and kicked downfield. They followed up at pace and after the ball was re-gathered broke through for their second try. The conversion tied the score at 12-12. TECH then suffered a further problem as MOSS was forced to leave the field with a pulled calf muscle. There was no further change to the score as the half time whistle sounded.

At the start of the second period the hosts introduced a number of experienced players to the fray and there inclusion strengthened their side dramatically as the game went on. The half started badly for TECH. A good tackle by Richard FOSTER should have meant TECH gained early possession but with no one in support to pick up the loose ball the hosts recovered possession and broke away from their own half to cut through and score an unconverted try. After 8 minutes of the half it was the hosts who again added to their total with another unconverted try following a break from their own territory.

It would have been easy for TECH to crumble after this double blow but to their credit they battled back into contention. Unfortunately a lack of close support meant that dangerous breaks came to nothing allowing Acklam to hold on. After 30 minutes TECH did score. With the home defence becoming more desperate they were starting to give away numerous penalties. From one such award 15 metres out from the home line, FOSTER  took a quick tap before powering to the line. Anthony LAWRENCE's conversion attempt was agonisingly just wide of the target leaving the score at 22-17.

Sensing the could still sneak victory TECH started to hammer away at the home defence. Again this resulted in Acklam giving away a number of penalties resulting in 2 players being yellow carded. Despite their numerical advantage a lack of composure saw TECH allow chances to slip away as the clock ticked down. With only a minute or so left TECH were given a final opportunity to steal victory as they were given a scrum just yards from the line. With the pack dominating it looked as if they could drive the home forwards back over the line but for some reason the ball was moved out to the backs where a knock on brought the move to a frustrating end. Just seconds later the referee sounded the final whistle bringing proceedings to a close.