Great win on Sunday in the most atrocious weather. Colchester got the first try after 10 minutes of terrific pressure on our try line, although we gave a heroic defence, eventually they took it wide and a few missed tackles due to the wet and mud let them in for their first 5 points.
As usual we did look like we hadn’t quite woken up yet, however that Colchester try was the morning alarm ringing loudly and as soon as we regained possession, we kept it and pinned Colchester A down in their half for the remainder of the half and just as we did, they defended heroically until from a penalty on their 22, James Owens took it quickly ran through a couple of tackles, dummied a pass to Curtis and powered over for our first try. Not converted. 5 all.
Again we retained possession and territory with time and time again attacking their try line, held up, knocked on – about every reason to cross the line and not score! However this relentless attacking led to us shipping the ball wide into cold backs hands, and just as we coaches knew they would, they drew their man and popped it, until space opened up for Alex who scampered across almost unmarked for try 2.
Half Time Woodbridge 10 – Colchester 5.
Colchester never gave up attacking, but looked lost for ideas and with Woodbridge still rampant we scored another great backs try through Guy, unfortunately not converted. 15-5.
It’s really difficult to be a coach on the side lines and give advice on not thinking the game is won when you have two tries up on such a tough opponent as Colchester A, and the boys did slip off for a little kip, and Colchester took this opportunity to put us under pressure and through some great footballing skills, the ball was collected and Colchester went through for another try. Unconverted.
Last ten minutes was a stalemate of tired bodies in the middle of the park, a little venture forward by Woodbridge, a turn over and a little venture forward by Colchester. Repeated for a gruelling long 10 mins til the final whistle.
And that’s how it ended. 15-10 to Woodbridge.
Well done Colchester as you gave 110% per man, well done Woodbridge you gave 111% per man!
Really hard to choose Men O the Match from 20 heroes of the field – but Tom Jermy was in everything and smashing through rucks and mauls, and Harry Hobday created merry havoc in amongst the opposition backs.
Although Colchester weren’t in the club bar after to be thanked for being the hosts and providing us with our toughest game to date, we do salute the Colchester boys for their brave and committed game on the pitch.