Venue : ELTHAM
Weather : WARM
Pitch : Good
Score : LOST 27 - 5
Referee : DAVID COTTERAL
Captain : PHIL HAND
Man of the Match : GRAEME FEATHERSTONE
Boxhill turned up with 16 players including Burdett for his annual game. Harlequins had only 7 players and we would have happily played them but they recruited another 8 from other teams so our chances of a 1st win were diminished.
With Phil Hand leading the team it looked promising as we attacked several times with the ball reaching the wing only to be stopped by a determined defence. With speedy Stu Ramsden on the left wing (our surprise attack weapon) we thought the backline success was assured. Boxhill pressed Quins back on their own line but penalties against us prevented a Boxhill score. Unfortunately, the opposition scored twice in the first half to put us down 12 – 0.
The forwards continued to take the ball up and unfortunately there were too many times the ball carrier lacked support so turnovers occurred.
The second half had Boxhill attacking and with pressure on the Quins defence Dr. Carl Ramage crossed the line. The opposition took this as a challenge and during the second half scored another 3 times. The backs tried to penetrate but with players playing out of position due to injuries etc it was not to be.
The need for players to regularly turn up is critical if we want to win, so let’s try to have more players each week.
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