2018-19 Pre-Season Round-Up, Reeds Weybridge Seniors
September 1st: New Milton Away
Off the back of a strong pre-season that was designed to give everyone a run out, Reeds took their first team squad, comprising 1st & 2nd XV’s teams, to play New Milton RFC in the New Forest. Whilst Reeds had their tails up following promotion to Surrey 1 and were welcoming 9 new players into the squad, New Milton were relegated from London SW 3 last season and were embarking on an exercise to re-build their squad. That said, both sides had points to prove with the good weather making for good playing conditions on two decent pitches which, thanks to the hosts, were in very good shape despite the long dry summer.
As it transpired a shortage of New Milton players resulted in the ‘’playing card’’ being re-jigged after 2 first halves of rugby but over all the games that were played Reeds ultimately had far too much in the locker for the hosts who conceded well in excess of 100 points across all the games without once troubling the score-board themselves. In short, a satisfactory first outing on the playing side but with plenty of work-on’s and a great Club bonding exercise underpinned by great hospitality from New Milton.
September 8th: Rosslyn Park Nomads & Met Police Home
Following the games against New Milton, Reeds rotated their 1st team squad to give more players 1st XV exposure with the 1st XV playing Rosslyn Park Nomads and the 2nds, a Met Police 2nd XV with both sides hoping for a step up in intensity versus last week.
The Reeds 2nd XV certainly got their wish and had a battling win 44-19 against the boys in blue in a very pleasing performance that had some nice patterns of play stamped on it that showed the benefits of training as 1st team squad. Meanwhile, the 1ST XV swept Rosslyn Park nomads aside 151-5. Coaches and player alike agreed that despite the scores amassed over the 1st two friendlies there is no room for complacency.
September 15th: Farnham 2nds at Home
In the last Saturday of pre-season, Reeds fielded a side primarily designed to give those players who had not had sufficient exposure in the earlier pre-season games some valuable game time against a rugged and combative Farnham’s 2nd XV at Whiteley Village. Whilst absenteeism led to some re-jigging of the side Reeds got off to a good start and took a very handy half time lead only to unfortunately lose in the final play of the game 35-32, to a Farnham side who refused to accept defeat.
All in all a satisfactory pre-season that allowed a very competitive squad the opportunity to demonstrate what it could do with a salutary reminder at the end that perhaps Reeds will not have everything their own way over the course of the season.
Next up on September 22nd Reeds entertain Old Amplefordians at home and with that game comes a chance to put down an early marker in the league. Go Reeds!