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Mistley 2nd v Aldeburgh Match Report

Mistley 2nd v Aldeburgh

16th October Mistley

Result: Mistley 12 Aldeburgh 24

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A mild, rainless, Autumn day. A good pitch soft from recent rain providing a perfect surface. An abundance of players, a competitive match and the first win for two years. What could be better?

It didn’t start well. Aldeburgh missed touch from an early penalty. Mistley came straight back, being awarded a penalty themselves. From the subsequent line out, they drove forward with a rolling maul, were awarded another penalty for a high tackle, took a quick tap and plunged over for a try within four minutes. The conversion made it 7-0.

From the restart, Aldeburgh began to assert themselves. Second row, Jarvis Levett, caught the restart kick, driving forward powerfully. He showed that he could have had a big impact on the game but unfortunately had to leave the field with an injury after 15 minutes.

Nevertheless, a few minutes later, a strong period of play by Aldeburgh ended with a good tactical kick by fly half, Ed Robson, being followed up and turned over, giving James Ledger the opportunity to burst through for his third try of the season. Ed converted to bring the scores level.

The rest of the first half was competitive with both teams having opportunities. Aldeburgh’s forwards continued to make inroads, typified by a strong break from back row forward, Jon Hunt. James Ledger came off for a while after a bang on the knee which showed the vital importance of having subs available. Coach, Paddy Allen, made shrewd use of the players available to him throughout the afternoon.

Level scores at half time was a fair reflection but the second half saw Aldeburgh beginning to dominate. Prop, John Taylor, made a break within the 22 and was only hauled down a couple of metres short. Soon afterwards, more forward pressure created an opportunity for Freddie Burgess (playing out of position at centre this week after hooking last) to burst through for an unconverted try. 7-12.

Mistley even tried a kick at goal from the halfway line, which fell well short, but they could not get into it. Scrum half, Jed Gallant, made a good break before Freddie Burgess was involved again, making an outrageous pass out of the back of his hand to free up Ed Robson’s run to the line. Ed converted to take the score to 7-19.

Ed’s tactical kicking continued to help Aldeburgh play at the right end of the pitch, leading to yet another intervention from Freddie whose powerful running took him over for a second try.

Both teams were understandably beginning to tire by the end. Mistley took advantage with a penalty giving them a line out on the Aldeburgh line from where they rumbled over for a try. The missed conversion was the last kick of an enjoyable match.

Aldeburgh were dominant in the scrum throughout but not quite enough to disrupt Mistley’s possession and won most of their line outs, not always tidily. Their tackling was strong, with good defence across the pitch. The half back pairing of Jed Gallant and Ed Robson, gelled well, providing a fulcrum for the team to work around.

Credit is due to Paddy Allen and team captain, Tristan Revell, for their hard work in finding players right up to the day before the match. Although at this stage it continues to be a struggle each week to have a full squad, today’s result shows how important it is and how much difference it makes.


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