Aldeburgh vs Harwich Match Report
19th October 2019 King’s Field
Result: Aldeburgh 26 Harwich 40
An exciting, competitive match was evenly balanced until the last few minutes. With the score at 26 all and with 8 minutes remaining, the result could have gone either way, but Harwich’s size advantage finally took its toll.
Despite a bright start from Aldeburgh leading to an early penalty shot that went wide, the first quarter belonged to Harwich. Once Harwich got their big runners moving, Aldeburgh were pinned back in their 22 until Harwich broke through for a try under the posts which was converted. The pressure continued, opening up space for the Harwich full back to jink through for another try. The signs were ominous.
Then the hallmarks of Aldeburgh’s play this season began to bear fruit. Their tackling was strong and accurate. The scrum was solid, rucking reliable and the spirit indomitable. Gradually, play moved to the Harwich half. After being camped in the Harwich 22 for the last ten minutes of the first half, an Aldeburgh new boy, John Hunt playing at No 8, broke through to score under the posts. The conversion gave a half time score of 7-14.
As in the first half, Aldeburgh started the second half brightly. A great run by James Cook to the try line was followed up by Damian Robertson to get the touch down. Cook converted to level the score. Soon after, Hunt broke through from the 22 and powered his way over the line to put Aldeburgh ahead. Cook again converted.
The pendulum swung yet again as Harwich found their way back into the match. After building pressure, they went over in the corner but the conversion was missed. Still 21-19 to Aldeburgh. Despite tremendous tackling, Aldeburgh could not hold out against Harwich’s bombardment. A converted try under the posts put Harwich into what looked like a match winning lead.
There were more surprises in store. Aldeburgh forced a scrum on the Harwich line from which they charged down the clearing kick, got the touch down and brought the scores level again. However, in the final few minutes, Harwich found the space to run almost the length of the pitch for a try in the corner, impressively converted from the touch line, followed by simply using their power to smash through the middle for a final try under the posts.
Nevertheless, the final whistle saw Aldeburgh back on the Harwich try line.
With play of this standard, Aldeburgh will surely establish themselves in this division as the season progresses.