With increasing numbers of players making themselves available for Broadstreet, Danny ‘Tinkerman’ Rowan finds himself in a position to select on merit and training attendance. The ramifications of this are huge and may indeed be to blame for the loud and unexplained banging noises heard across the UK and US on Saturday night. One theory now circulating is that it was the toys from John MfC Warne’s pram after being shabbily treated by the axe wielding ‘Tinkerman’. Alternatively, it may have been retired para Stuart Crawford landing. Either way, both stalwarts of the thirds are now hoping that we can get a fourth team out soon, otherwise the Tinkerman may be responsible for the end of these two stellar careers.
Coming into the side was a bloke with a funny accent calling himself Quade or Coops or some such name with Phil ‘Interim Junior Deputy Assistant DOR’ Smith insisting the chap could only play at fly-half. Meanwhile, Callum playing at inside centre kept Stewie out and suddenly the average age of the team was dramatically reduced. Well, as the game unfolded it was clear youth was no replacement for class, however, pace was and the youthful looking backline showed the benefits. Rugby St. Andrews RFC turned up with a determined look on their faces. Clearly, having bothered to show up this week, they were intent on leaving the Ivor Preece Field with nothing less than a win. A suggestion of first team ringers was mooted, when a number of the Saints turned up with shirts and ties on hangers. Not typical for a second team fixture. Still, I’m sure a simple search on their website will show the first team score and so put the scurrilous rumour to bed. And with the Tinkerman wearing a distinctly grey hue (i.e. not whiter than white – keep up) we’ll let the matter end there.
St. Andrews started well and soon bustled over for an interception try and then cemented a 10 nil lead with a penalty kick. Broadstreet initially struggled to make consistent inroads and kicked away much possession. When they finally hung on to the ball and brought young Adam ‘Short stride’ Tyrell into the game, he was able to penetrate and cross for his first try of a productive day. The well-worked move used dummy runners and miss-passes galore. And thus was established the pattern of the game, with Street forwards working hard to provide the backs with good ball and the backs crafting some lovely moves to create holes and opportunities.
Adam ‘Short stride’ Tyrell has clearly modelled his running style on a combination of Ben Cohen and Jason Robinson. To say the result is not aesthetically pleasing is an understatement; it’s like putting 17 inch wheels on a monster truck. However, the end result is very effective with Tyrell crossing for two tries. More than his father, Kev scored in his entire career at the ‘Street. With a strong bench including Danny Bucknall, whose mother I understand has refused to serve Tinkerman for making her cherished son a mere replacement, Broadstreet were able to overcome a spirited and well-drilled St. Andrews Second team. Details of the second half are sketchy, possibly because the warm clubhouse lured a number of the shabbily treated in to watch the second half of the England versus Australia match.
FT: Street 35-10 RSA.
Jamie ‘Watts’ MacDonald enjoyed a fine game on his birthday as did the rest of a very young pack. Marc Brittain enjoyed a fine game at scrum half providing his illustrious fly half with plenty of good ball making him look ever so good - have you seen some of the 9s I have had to put up with….! (Editor’s note: I think he’s referring to Tee!).
Squad: 15 Ashley ‘Ratty’ Lightowler; 14 Adam Tyrell, 13 Callum Albert, 12 Darroll Watts, 11 Murray Simpson; Ben Cooper, Marc Brittain; 1 James MacDonald, 2 John Brown, 3 Robbie Brown; 4 Brendan McGuire, 5 Will Vennard; 6 Clinton Mamba, 7 Ryan Evans, 8 Danny Havart; Chris Zutic, Jack Simpson, Vernon Hinds, Connor Burnett, Adie Nightingale, Danny Bucknall, Muppet Downesy, Ben Gosling and others.
Scorers: Adam Tyrell (2), Ben Cooper, Brendan McGuire and Danny Bucknall.
Note to self – Make training this week. Normal service to be resumed next Saturday!
On a sadder note, the third team would like to mention the moving on of old Ben Dawes. Since leaving his role as score master on ‘Shooting Stars’, George (as he likes to be known in private) has established himself as a fans’ friend and favourite at the Ivor Preece Field and we are sad to see him depart. Thanks for the songs Ben and you are welcome back anytime!