On the back of two losses in the first two games of the season, Thamesians entered Saturday’s contest against Old Actonians knowing that a win was a must in order to restore confidence in the squad for the season ahead.
Early ill-discipline from T’s invited unwanted pressure from the visitors. However, in response to the previous weeks’ defensive woes, T’s stood firm, repelling Actonian’s direct attack. The defensive effort eventually paid dividends, providing the foundation for some good attacking play, which eventually led to the first score of the game by centre Johnston who crashed over from short range. Actonians responded quickly however, getting a score of their own after some good hands put their winger in at the corner.
The game then entered a phase of attritional play with both teams having to rely on their set pieces and direct running enforced by the wet conditions. With few opportunities for expansive play, it fell to out-half Morgan to conjure a piece of instinctual brilliance when he dropped a perfectly weighted cross-field kick into the arms of debutant Powel who slid in at the corner for a fantastic T’s try.
Actonian’s responded again, however, but through a combination of a resilient defence and a controlled direct attack, T’s scored again through their talismanic captain and number 8 George Flatman. T’s, in a strong position, continued to invite pressure at times; however, with 10 minutes to go, Actonians fell foul to some ill-discipline of their own. Inside centre Ferrell, after having his usual combative performance in the midfield, stepped up and showed great composure to slot home a 40m penalty kick to give T’s an unassailable 10 point lead. 25-15 final score.
A first win of the season for T’s with lots of positives to take forward into next week’s game away to St Albans.
As always, a big thank you to all the supporters who braved the miserable conditions to cheers the boys on.
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