Chelmsford 12- 0 Woodbridge
On a gloriously sunny but windy day Woodbridge Amazons travelled to Chelmsford confident of a win. With three forwards unavailable the back row was again rearranged with Zyanya Brooks and Pauline McKiernan making their 1st starts for the Amazons at 2nd row. Woodbridge were caught napping in the 2nd minute of the game as the Chelmsford full back ran in a try from their 10m line. Stacey Robinson restarted with a high kick in to the wind and it was clear that the Chelmsford forwards did not fancy their chances against the Woodbridge pack, as the Amazons capitalised on a fumbled ball to regain control. With the Woodbridge backs stopping any play beyond the centre channels Chelmsford continually fed the ball back in to their forwards to break the defensive line to score before half time. With the referee allowing the scrums to be driven more than 1.5m the experience of the Paula Ireland and Tor Felstein at prop allowed Beth Kinlan to win several balls and set the Woodbridge backs up. Emma Johnson made a break down the left wing but was pulled up just short of the line and with Chelmsford skilfully killing the ball Woodbridge were un able to quickly get the ball out and make use of the ground gained. Chelmsford decided to attack the wing but with Claire Brickley-Moore at 15 guiding new players, Zena Ugolini and Anna Dewberry, they again had to go back to a mauling game in an attempt to break the now organised Woodbridge defensive line. With no advantage being played throughout the game, making use of Chelmsford’s mistakes was not an option. Now playing downhill and with the wind, Nic Pettman placed several kicks in to Chelmsford territory to gain ground. With continuous penalties being awarded, the game was slow and Woodbridge’s backs were un able to settle in to a routine. The Woodbridge forwards were again dominant in the line out with Brooks, jumping for the first time, stealing ball and spoiling many of their lineouts for Vicky Watts to pick the ball off the ground and make several scything runs. With two players off injured and captain Ej Stearn receiving a yellow card, the team was again reshuffled and confidently held Chelmsford at bay but failed to get on the score sheet. Coach Jez Hannon said “Its incredable to see all these new players improving in such a short space of time.” The amazons next game is a derby match against Southwold Swallows at home on November 2nd.