Another bitter pill to swallow for Villager FC 2nd Team.
A solid start from the V2 team vs Hamlets on Saturday with good set pieces and intelligent decisions by the back line. Both teams made a couple of runs at each other trying to pierce the defence, but to no avail. Villagers looked to make the first move with a great run from no.8 Justin Heim only to be denied on the line by the referee. This was followed by good play from no. 10 Dillyn Ranger, who kept the opposition in their own half with the boot. Unfortunately though handling errors close to the try line resulted in lost possession for the V2 team and as is the case with many of the teams in this league, these errors resulted in tries against us. Three of them to be exact, as Hamlets basically through the ball anywhere and surprisingly there was someone there to catch it every time. No structure whatsoever and purely capitalizing on our mistakes, everything seemed to be working for the visitors as they opened up a commanding lead. Some great individual play through a chip and chase by Dillyn Ranger again saw him collect the ball from his own kick and score close to the posts. He then added the extras to get Villager to 7-17 at half time.
After a lengthy half time talk Village took the field for the 2nd half with a new plan of keeping the ball upfront and driving the opposition to their own goal line. This paid off as two more tries were scored for Villagers, firstly by no. 8 Justin Heim and then by replacement Jamie Cruzer after some brilliant drives and forward play as well as some sniping runs by the backs, especially no. 11 Rafique September. Dillyn Ranger brought his kicking boots as all the tries were converted. 21-17 with 10min to play. Hamlets threw everything and the kitchen sink at the Villager line, but could not get through. Brilliant defence from all the players kept the attackers out and after a scrum was awarded to Villager with 5min to go, it seemed to be all over. Unfortunately the kick did not go out and the Hamlet’s backline launched another effort and crossed the line for the winning try with ease compared to the hard fought effort a while ago. 21-24 with 3min to go. This time it was Villagers that threw everything and the kitchen sink at the opposition and it so nearly paid off as the ball crossed the line but according to the ref it was held up.
Unlucky result for the V2 boys, however this was by far the best they have played this season and even though the result did not go our way things are definitely looking better for this team.