Wold’s Woeful Display Gifts Basildon Their Spirited and Well Deserved First Win Of The Season
Basildon 52 – 24 Southwold
Wold held their own for ten minutes which saw them fight back from an early try from Basildon when Jonny Mayall broke the defensive line and James Hall backing up ran on before feeding Josh Crick who dived over under the posts and allow Luke Wade to level the score at 7 – 7
Wade followed that up with a penalty to briefly give Wold the lead
However from Wold’s point of view as far as the game was concerned, until the very last ten minutes, it all simply fell apart as they yielded to the previously winless Basildon in all departments of the game.
That fact is backed up by the six tries that Basildon proceeded to score, without reply, something that Wold had not conceded in recent memory.
Missed tackles were the main culprit coupled by a lack of possession provided by the Wold makeshift pack, which were simply overpowered in all the set piece. Wold had no answer to the hard running direct Basildon approach and submitted with little or no fight until ten minutes from the end of the game. Going down to fourteen men when Pete Holmes was yellow carded for diving over the ruck to obstruct the Basildon scrum half was no excuse as Wold simply lost the plot and were overrun by a rampant Basildon who went from strength to strength as their confidence grew with every passing minute of the game.
It was not until the scrums went uncontested, a quarter of an hour from time, with props Jonny Mayall and Adam Smith both having to leave the pitch with injuries that Wold won any ball their scrum having been pushed backwards all afternoon.
That possession lead to a mini late revival with Jacob English first and then James Hall crossing for tries but in between Basildon also scored another to prove it wasn’t just the scrums that had been the problem.
The final score was a true reflection of the game and next weeks fixture break will hopefully give Wold’s coaching team the chance to right the wrongs and put Wold back on track from this embarrassing derailment.
Basildon wonderfully celebrated their first win at the whistle which on this performance will be the first of several now they have gained some confidence in their ability, something which Wold now need to restore and quickly.
Southwold 2nds played Crusaders and won 22-13 – top of tables clash in Eastern Counties Greene King league 3 North.
All pictures courtesy Linda Cayley
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