In what was the worst conditions of the season so far, ‘Street managed to grind out a win against strong young opposition. Fielding a (mostly) young team themselves Street took some time to come to terms with the damp and the cold.
Mark Foley made his debut for Street at 9 and was able to fire out some bullet passes from the base of the scrum, with luck next time we’ll be able to add some accuracy….
Street have prided themselves for the last few years (decades) on playing a fast intense game with lots of direct running and good interplay between backs and forwards. They are usually a delight to watch as the ball transfers from player to player almost magically. Unfortunately that was not the case today as time after time the bar of soap that the Tinkerman provided was spilled. However, to play without ambition is not the Street way so they continued to try to play their favoured style of Rugby. The mistakes allowing Leamington to stay in the game.
One of the other side effects of the conditions and subsequent mistakes was the huge number of scrums that the forwards enjoyed. Whilst they all moaned a little, we know that really they were very grateful to have an excuse to all cuddle up and keep warm.
The vastly experienced (i.e. frankly old) Street Midfield defended well, repelling the younger, but not so good looking, Leamington back line. The youngster of the three, Andrew ‘Greggs’ Skene played with his typical panache, whilst Stu Crawford tackled with a rugged determination that belies his age. Mind you, any person running the 40 miles of the Coventry Way as a warm up for an ultra marathon is bound to be slightly weird.
JP Hughes led the forward charge with a powerful display of back row rugby, with Danny ‘long legs’ Havart the perfect foil with his elusive running, not bad for a big fella.
Dan ‘rubber ball’ Rowstron worked hard all game long to link the play together and his intelligent rugby brain supports his prowess, even if his shape lulls opposition into a false sense of security.
Matty ‘pen mightier than the sword’ Dearden led from the front and clearly relished the amount of scrums in the game, to such an extent he was overheard encouraging the team to try any off loads to Clinton.
Broadstreet won the game 17 points to 5. Frankly I can’t remember who scored, it’s an age thing, and asking the Tinkerman clearly no use either. I’m sure that they were great tries and I heartily apologise to the players whose glory has not been immortalised in this hallowed tome. All I know is I didn’t get one this week….
1 Matty Dearden
2 Clinton Ndlovu
3 Jamie Coleman
4 Danny Havart
5 Brendan McGuire
6 Danny Rowstron
7 Adam Garrit
8 JP Hughes
9 Mark Foley (newboy)
10 Andrew Skene
12 John Warne
13 Steward Crawford
14 Callum Abbott
15 Tobyn Hargrave-Smith