Broadstreet 3rds took to the field on Saturday and provided an early firework display against a powerful Berkswell and Balsall 2nd XV.
Broadstreet welcomed back several players that have been absent on World Cup duty (propping up the bars) as a number of regulars were promoted to the ‘Street’s 2nd team.
Initially, there was a squabble over the number 10 jersey as a some of the older lags fancy themselves in that commanding position. As it was, ‘Greggs’ Skene won that battle, mainly by arriving early and bribing the Tinkerman – note to younger players: any denomination of notes accepted.
B&B turned up with a bare fifteen and whether they mistook our front five’s weathered complexion for scrum pox or just didn’t fancy it or were genuinely short of front row, the game started with uncontested scrums. Veteran prop Dearden was metaphorically deflated, clearly looking forward to an afternoon of attritional scrummaging. Though Stu ‘far too pretty for the front row’ Grundy – our stand-in hooker for the day – looked suitably relieved his first outing for the Street in the 2 jersey would be kind to him.
Battle commenced and the game ebbed and flowed. Both sides having some success in attacking with the ball without actually scoring any points. ‘Street used the wind to put the ball into B&B’s territory. B’s won their line out and looked as if they would clear the danger comfortably. Unfortunately, the B’s 10 fired his clearing kick straight into Jordan Simpson’s feet. The ball ricocheted behind the B’s defence and MFC Warne pounced in a flash. Showing neat skills he side footed the ball a further 10 metres over the goal line and won the foot race to touch down. Yes you read that right, he won the foot race. Now this may have had something to do with all their players stopping to claim offside but clearly his electric pace was the only thing that powered him ahead of his rivals. Andy Vennard added the afters.
From the restart ‘Street attacked again. Forcing play into the B’s half. Young Callum Abbot, free to express himself without worrying about the decision making with his more senior colleagues inside calling the shots, exploited this role to the full. A great straight line challenged the B’s defence and he progressed forwards as tackles fell off him. Held up twenty metres short of the line, all he needed was to off load to a speedster to ensure a try. The shock in his eyes was obvious as the first person to react to his break was MFC Warne. Taking the pass and pinning back his ears he again hared to the line. Andy Vennard again added the afters.
Fifteen minutes in and MFC Warne had bagged a brace. What followed has been called shameful by some, or a wonderful display of generous Rugby by others as time and time again MFC managed to offload the ball to players in better positions to score. Clearly, the short armed long pocketed MFC was keen to avoid paying for a jug …
The first beneficiary was Sam the Winger who enjoyed a leisurely stroll to score after MFC had put him in the clear following a strong run from Greggs Skene. Andy Vennard again accurate with the conversion.
B&B fought back into the game with some strong play but ultimately the more experienced backs of ‘Street won the day.
Final score 37 – 27.
1 Matty Dearden
2 Stu Grundy
3 Jamie Coleman
4 Lewis Kavanagh
5 Steward Crawford
6 Adam Garrit
7 Danny Rowstron
8 Danny Havart
9 Jordan Simpson
10 Andrew Skene
11 Sam Taylor
12 John Warne
13 Callum Abbott
14 Tobyn Hargrave-Smith
15 Mitch Hancox
16 Morgan Lucas