H&D III 12 - 27 Mersea II
By Sean Mills
This week Harwich III’s had their first outing of the season joining forces with neighbours and local rivals Mistley RUFC to create a barbarian side travelling away to play a Mersea Island second string side.
The game started as a close encounter until Mersea eventually broke the deadlock with some strong running and support play the crossed the line for an unconverted try. The pressure did not ease for the first 20 minutes with an unlucky bounce of the ball Mersea managed to capitalise on an error and take the second try in quick succession.
Twenty minutes into the game saw the visitors regroup themselves to come out firing on all cylinders and although the Mersea defence was good they managed to break it down for a converted try for the mixed Harwich/Mistley side.
After half time Mersea hit back on the score board with another try, pulling the game slowly away from the fully committed Barbarians side which was showed heart and passion in their play giving them territorial advantage as they contested the game in the host half visitors eventually leading to a penalty, taking a quick tap court the defence napping to make good yards and found themselves in the Mersea 22 with yet another penalty. With no time for a lineout the visitors were forced to keep the ball alive and after a few hard yards from the forward pack the ball was relayed to the backline all set up when the gap opened for the fly half to exploit, leaving one man to beat and managed to powered his way over the line to end the game on a high for the co-operative.
Harwich injury wows were further added to for the season as Andy Page following a short appearance was forced to out of the game with a wrist injury and will be out for some time if not for the rest of the season and all wish him a speedy recovery.
This week H&D RUFC 1’s host Canvey Island at low road, whilst the 2’s are on the bus to Sudbury for their league fixture both games kicking off @ 3pm kick.