Broadstreet 3rds welcomed close neighbours Pinley RFC 2nds to the Ivor Preece Field Rugby Ground for the first clash between the two this season. Pinley Twos are always guaranteed to provide a stern test for Street Threes, so the visitors were only ever going to be treated with the utmost respect. With three of Street’s sides, 1sts, 2nds and 3rds, kicking off at the same time at home, there were some who may have been concerned that player resources might be a bit thin lower down the pecking order, especially with the Autumn Internationals providing a cosy alternative to putting boots on in cold and damp November.
Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan did however, have some returning players to choose from this week, including the rock solid Matty ‘Bubba’ Dearden at tighthead, Mr Eternal Youth Pete ‘Evergreen’ Branston at six and John Brown at two, giving the side a distinctly more mature feel than in recent weeks. Nevertheless, there were still some notable absentees from the line-up: Andy Tee was summoned to RFU HQ to advise Stuart Lancaster on team tactics, while John ‘Mr Former Chairman’ Warne was suffering from a severe bout of ‘Pinley Flu’.
Street lost the toss and Pinley kicked-off playing away from the clubhouse, where there was little or no wind in evidence, but a particularly greasy surface. Pinley started through their Worcester Academy fly half Sam ‘My dad used to be as slim as me’ Rogers Hollingsworth, but it took fifteen minutes for the deadlock to be broken through a sweeping Street backs move. Pinley hit back with some driving forward play, their forwards being on top at the breakdown, with some strong counter rucking, but Street managed to add a couple of tries before the break.
Half Time: Broadstreet 3s 19 –17 Pinley 2s.
Broadstreet made a couple of tactical substitutions at half time bringing on the mercurial Dean Watts in the back row. Street upped the tempo in the first ten minutes of the second half and were putting increasing pressure on the opposition, forcing Pinley to concede multiple penalties, with the last in the sequence being in front of the posts. Pete ‘Evergreen’ Branston opted to take the three and up stepped the metronomic Darroll ‘Deadeye’ Watts to slot it over. With Street increasing their lead to five, Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan made an astute tactical substitution bringing on Marco Di Maria, who, with his first touch of the ball, broke through the Pinley defence and successfully crossed the whitewash. Broadstreet added a further two tries with Pinley visibly shocked by the increase in tempo and Chris ‘Mr Greedy’ Dodd‘s very effective neutralising of their fly half. Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan then decided on a couple more subs including James ‘I’ve lost my teeth’ Downes on for Robert Brown at loosehead. When the referee then told The Tinkerman that he had used up his allowance of subs, the big man was somewhat confused by the statement! Pinley hit back with another couple of tries, before Street sealed the win with another flowing backs move started with what only could be described by Rick ‘Another Mister Former Chairman’ Skene, as the highlight of the season so far. Matty Dearden, receiving the ball from the scrum half went on a charge running towards Sam ‘My dad used to be as slim as me’ Rogers Hollingsworth, showed the young ten the ball, dummied, side-stepped and ghosted past him with ease. To see the twenty stone prop do this, was a beautiful sight and something the sizeable crowd will not forget for years to come.
Final Score: Broadstreet 3s 58 – 29 Pinley 2s.
Team: 15 Gavin Barsby; 14 Scott Truslove, 13 Simon Skene, 12 Callum Abbott, 11 Darroll Watts; 10 Jordan Simpson; 9 Connor Hunt; 1 Robert Brown, 2 John Brown, 3 Matt Dearden; 4 Brendan MacGuire, 5 Danny Bucknall; 6 Pete Branston, 7 Danny Havart, 8 Chris Dodd.
Replacements: 16 Dean Watts, 17 Clinton Mamba, 18 Jack Simpson, 19 Ben Gosling, 20 Ryan Evans, 21 Andrew Skene, 22 Murray West, 23 Adam Nailor, 24 James Downes, 25 James Donnelly, 26 Connor Burnett, 27 Marco Di Maria.
A big thank you to all the guys who turned up who didn’t manage to get on.
Man of the Match: With some strong displays from several players; Darroll ‘Deadeye’ Watts, Chris ‘Mr Greedy’ Dodd, and Marco Di Maria, it is difficult to pick out a player from the squad. Having said that, Pete ‘Evergreen’ Branston, at the age of 52, performed excellently throughout.
Dick of the Day: Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan for not knowing the replacement rules of the competition.
Replacements Manager: Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan.
With the thirds playing such an attractive style of rugby, new sponsors have been in touch with the club this week making offers. Unfortunately, there is no space left on the shirts for anymore sponsorship!