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Match Report - 21 September

Updated: Nov 1, 2019

By Fyfe Johnston

Sweaty Stuff in the Heat of our Aldeburgh Indian Summer!

And so, the Green Machine turned out on their first home outing in their new league against Felixstowe last Saturday. Players limbered up, running drills on the scorched brown grass, as fans quaffed chilled drinks in the heat of our Indian Summer. Every First Aider's bag was crammed with ice packs and ice spray, and scraped knees and heavy knocks seemed the order of the day, as players crashed onto the rock hard surface.

And it was harsh. Felixstowe flew into the fray and nipped in two tries in the first 7 minutes. They looked fit and ready for their day in the sunshine. Not that Aldeburgh didn’t put in one hell of a shift. It was bruising and with the heat, the hard ground and a fast-paced running game the players' tempers frayed in the haze. Plenty of handbags were thrown and some of the language got fairly salty, finishing with the referee giving both captains a pep talk on behaviour before half-time.

Aldeburgh rallied at the start of the second half and emotions calmed. Felixstowe built on their lead with Aldeburgh rising to the challenge, but they were bested in the end. The final score of 66-15 didn’t reflect the passion shown and the opportunities for new players to shine.

And with the final whistle the players did that amazing thing that makes rugby such a wonderful community game. Just like the All Blacks and the Saffer's an hour before they all shook hands and gave each other three cheers, forming a tunnel of applause. And the camararderie continued into the Jimmy Robinson Pavilion for gallons of cold drinks and the ritual meal. Backs were slapped and war wounds compared. Just an excellent rugby family day! 

Try scorers: James Ledger, Freddie Burgess, James Cook

Next match: Saturday 28th September Maldon 2 away

Next home match: Saturday 19th October at 3pm against Harwich 2

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