1st Rugby Team v Longridge Towers 

The 6th of December saw the final match of the Belhaven Hill first team rugby season. This match was against Longridge Towers, where Belhaven had to set out their stall to make sure that we were prepared for a hard match against some big strong players.

Belhaven lost the toss though were given the kick off. The first few minutes was a tight encounter, both sides learning about each other; Longridge running direct and powerfully and Belhaven tackling hard and fighting back ferociously.

The first try came from some excellent passing out to Oscar who was ready to run in and score in the corner. This was converted by Jamie 7- 0. The next try was scored by Oscar again; however this came from a kick over the top where Jamie chipped the ball forward and the ball bounce nicely for Oscar to score under the post. Jamie converted the try-14-0. The next try for Belhaven was an individual run by Jamie who scored under the post; he converted his own try - 21 to 0. The next try was scored by Freddie S who received a ball passed out through the backs, where he ran down the touchline, then stepping inside several players and back out again to score a magical try. This was unconverted :26-0.

Once again there was a build up of great rugby rucking mauling and finally the ball being passed out wide for Archie to score skilfully in the corner. Jamie converted the try 33-0. The next points came from an excellently organised try worked through some very good rucking and the ball being passed out for Jamie to Run in and score. He converted this himself: 40-0.

Throughout this match there was a lot of good play from all members of the team from the forwards with Jonty, William and Charlie setting up play beautifully. With improved passing by Freddie and Joe the distribution was faster and stronger. Sam, as usual, was performing extremely well both in defence and attack enabling a numbers of tries to be scored with his skilled passing.

The next try came from Archie who once again received the ball from fantastic forward play; then there was some accurate passing and Archie running onto the ball on the Longridge 22 stepped inside then outside through some forwards and scored over the line. This was converted by Jonty: 47-0. The final score of the half was scored by Henry with some great running through several players, where he stepped inside and dived over the line. Jonty converted the try: 54-0

Half-time.

There were a lot of changes made at halftime, bringing on several new players. Thomas, William, Patrick and Will all came on. The team represented now mainly by Form two players.

The second half started with Longridge putting in some good strong runs and making it difficult for the new team to gel. The tackles were thick and fast for the Belhaven boys; however it was Belhaven to score first with a well-worked try where Oscar ran in underneath the post and was converted by Jonty: 61-0.

The next try was Oliver’s who was on the receiving end of several rucks where he picked the ball up to dive over the line but this was unconverted: 66-0. The battling Longridge side fought back and after a concentrated period of time in the Belhaven 22 they crossed the line for a try. This for Longridge was a well-earned try, though unconverted: 66-5.

The next try to be scored was a clever little pick up and run from around the halfway out of the back of the ruck; Harry skipped several players and with his lightning speed managed to score his try under the posts. This was converted: 73-5. The next try was Jonty’s who received a beautiful pass from William giving him the space to run in but was unconverted: 78-5

The final try was scored by Will who received the ball from quick hands from the backs and very unselfishly Jonty passed Will the ball who scored in the corner. Try converted by Jonty: 85-5.

Looking at the score it does not reflect there was a hard fought battle. Longridge showed a lot of resilience in trying to keep the Belhaven onslaught at bay but all the Belhaven boys showed their class to finish the season unbeaten.

Warwick wilson, 08/12/2017