Broadstreet 3rds travelled to Harbury RFC in the deep south of Warwickshire to return the league fixture from early on in the season.
Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan had decided that youth was not the way to win this game, so had picked Matt Dearden and John Brown in the front row with Pete ‘Evergreen’ Branston to add years of experience in the back row.
Street had to win the game to wrap up the league title with three matches to play. Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan had picked a young good looking set of backs to execute his careful masterplan, but this was scuppered by his prodigy fly half who went out Friday night and had managed to attract the attention of a young lady. Apparently it very well, so well in fact, he arrived just before half time. Luckily the experienced Andrew ‘Greggs’ Skene was on hand to step into the breach (in more ways than one, he was hoping). Street playing into a very strong wind started at pace and got on the scoreboard in the first few minutes, but didn’t have it all their own way. With a speculative kick from Harbury, and a bad bounce, Harbury were able to pounce on the bobbling ball and score. Street hit straight back with three tries. Harbury were struggling to penetrate (unlike Paddy Hughes). Again a speculative chip and chase from Harbury saw them gather and score. Street finished off the half with more of the same with strong running from backs and forwards.
Half Time: Broadstreet 3rds 42 –12 Harbury 2nds.
Street made several changes at half time bringing on fresh legs with Matt Dearden protesting why he had been left on. With the strong wind behind him and deciding to run as much as they could, Street started at a real pace and Jack Simpson crossed the line for the first of his three tries. Street continued to apply massive pressure on the Harbury scrum with it going backwards faster than an Italian tank. Street back row pounced on every opportunity to get turnover ball. With strong runs by Tom Friswell leaving large gaps for the street backs to capitalise and with Paddy Hughes, a spring in his step, he was able to score again for the second time in twelve hours. With Street scoring at will and Darroll ‘Dead Eye’ Watts converting, the scoreboard was ticking over. Harbury with nothing to lose started to run penalties, giving the ball to their crash centre who was abruptly chopped down at the ankles with the tackle of the match by Downesy.
Final Score: Broadstreet 3’s 91– 12 Harbury.
Team: 15 Ratty; 14 Marc Brittain, 13 Adam Tyrell, 12 Daryl Watts, 11 Murray West; 10 Andrew Skene, 9 Mitch Hancox; 1 Will Vennard, 2 John Brown, 3 Matt Dearden; 4 Brendan McGuire, 5 Tom Friswell; 6 Danny Bucknall, 7 Danny Havart, 8 Pete Branston; Replacements: 16 Paddy Hughes, 17 James Downes, 18 Danny Truslove, 19 JP Hughes, 20 Callum Abbot, 21 Milkman, 22 Jack Simpson.
Man of the Match was Jack Simpson with a scintillating second half and a hat trick of tries that was reminiscent of a certain Jordan Simpson.
Promotion Manager: Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan.
By the way Matty, the young …. ……. set of backs said “we’re glad you noticed - you’re not bad yourself”.