Match Report – Old Amplefordians vs Reeds Weybridge RFC – 06-04-19
Amplefordonians push Reeds all the way
Old Amplefordonians 35, Reeds Weybridge RFC 43 Surrey League 1
Reeds Weybridge finished their league season last Saturday unbeaten in all eighteen league games, the first time that has been achieved by Reeds since the introduction of league rugby.
There were some close calls to those eighteen victories, none more so than last Saturday when Amplefordians gave Reeds a real fright with the result in doubt until the final whistle.
Although Amplefordians are in the bottom half of the table they have a huge pool of talented players on their books, and Cosmo Fisher their scrum half is one of them. He has the build of a weight lifter combined with electric pace, he scored three solo tries and was a constant threat throughout the game. He clocked up the first try for the home side with a mazy run and then turned on the power to outpace the Reeds cover and touch down under the sticks.
Reeds soon hit back, it was blustery and cold but the dry wide pitch suited their running style, quick passes ended up with Joe Moriarty out on the wing, he is big, quick and balanced as well and he takes some stopping with the line in sight, two defenders tried but he battered his way through to touch down by the flag leaving fly half Jonny Rogers to hoist over a huge touchline conversion. Up front, Reeds were positively in charge with young Davin Samuel and Josh Brown causing all sorts of problems for their opposite numbers and it was that dominance that was such a crucial factor in preventing Amplefordians dangerous men getting go-forward ball.
But whenever Cosmo Fisher got his hands on the ball it was trouble for the Reeds defence, so quick and strong he darted through the tiniest gap in the midfield and was in for his second try of the day. Back came Reeds with a try for their quick man, young James Botterill, he was checked just short of the line but just managed to stretch over and touch the ball down, the conversion drifted wide leaving Amplefordians with a two point lead.
But Reeds were now seeing most of the possession. Ollie Palmer the Reeds scrum half ran the show for Reeds, a real pocket dynamo with his spiralling passes giving the Reeds backs space to move, he collected the Man of the Match Award for his performance.
Herbie Finn, the big second row had another outstanding day with his damaging defence busting runs, he allies all the grunt of a piano pusher with the skills and ability of a piano player and he is such a disruptive ball carrier as well who can power his way through defences.
It was skipper Billy Maddock who was the author of the Reeds third try a sidestepping run took him through the midfield and he found Alex Corner, the ubiquitous No 8 up in support for a seven pointer.
There were some feisty exchanges taking place in the loose rucks and mauls with some big hits from both sides, but that is an environment in which Reeds flanker Will Ambidge is at his best, he is a tough and uncompromising flanker, it was his work and that of hooker George Corner which slowed down the loose possession which could have allowed those dangerous Amplefordian backs off the leash.
Just before the break Reeds drove play into the twenty two, the ball was fired out to winger Joe Moriarty and he burst through a couple of tackles for a converted try.
At the change round Reeds had a twelve point lead, it always looked tenuous and early in the second half when Reeds were awarded a penalty in front of the posts Reeds took the opportunity to collect the three points which ensured they were at least two scores in front.
They needed that cushion because Amplefordians star player Cosmo Fisher collected his hat trick of tries when despite some heavy presence from the Reeds defence he forced his way over under the posts.
Game on again, with the Amplefordian touchline in full voice, sensing an upset. Reeds soon struck back, perhaps the Amplefordian defence was tiring but on the other hand they knew they had to take their chances from all parts of the park, that is a high risk strategy and it all went wrong when a loose floated pass was seized on by centre Ollie Savill, flanker Joe Wastie took the pass and was in for a converted try.
Time was running out for the home side but another try under the posts from flanker Michael Hardy meant there were just eight points between the two sides, Chris Stegmann, such a strong and elusive runner then re-established Reeds scoreboard dominance when he attacked from within his own half for a converted try and a commanding lead.
Late on Amplefordians struck back with a rolling maul and big centre Jamie Reid crashed over but that score signalled the finish and Reeds remained unbeaten in their first season in Surrey One.
Man of the Match:
Ollie Palmer the Reeds scrum half who ran the show for Reeds.
The tale of the Tape – the Table Doesn’t Lie…
Other results: Disappointingly, Reeds 2nd XV lost at home to KCS, going down 26 – 44 ending their play off hopes.
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