Finally a Win for the Villager FC 2nd Team.
As if dealing with the big loss from Pniel Villagers were not enough the 2nd team had an extremely difficult week preparing for the game against Goodwood. Not the best attendance numbers at the practices, an even worse Thursday night final run, the prospect of facing a very strong side from Goodwood and then some last minute forced changes contributed to what was a pretty bad week for the Seconds.
Game day however was a completely different story with some very inspirational words before warm-up by Coach Graham Lindemann the V2 side seemed ready to rectify everything that went wrong the week before. From the start everything was better than the week before with some great defence and innovative attacking plays. The V2 scrum was again all over the opposition and the constant pressure as well as the repeated mistakes from Goodwood saw the gaps starting to open up. Rafique September exploited these gaps with an amazing solo effort that saw him run almost the length of the field, beating a number of defenders to open the scoreboard with a great try. The conversion by Dillyn Ranger gave Villagers a 7 – 0 lead heading into half time.
There were concerns that Villagers did not use the increasing wind more to their advantage more as the second half started and these concerns were quickly confirmed with the home side using the weather to establish constant territorial advantage. Although the Village forwards still held their own in the set phases the pressure was building and as a couple of clearing attempts with the boot was to no avail in the wind, the Goodwood backline used their opportunities to cross the try line for a unconverted try. 7 – 5. It did not take long for the Goodwood speedsters to once again pierce the Village defence and score their second unconverted try. 7 – 10. The guys had to dig deep as the wind was getting worse and the time less.
With the final 10 minutes of the game approaching and after a lot of penalties against Goodwood it was once again Rafique September that spotted the tired Goodwood forwards in the backline, which he easily beat to run through untouched and pass the ball on the line to Rowaahl Jaftha to score the 2nd try. Unfortunately not converted. 12 – 10. After that Village seemed to dominate the game, winning a lot of penalties and keeping opposition in their own half. The score line would have been even more under different, kickable circumstances.
A great result and massive effort from the team and also special mention to the inspirational captain, Hein Victor, who was first on the field, leading the team and last to leave the clubhouse after the game…………….