Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Old Amplefordians, 22-09-18


A casual glance at last year’s Surrey 1 table showed that the visitors finished in the bottom half, however, in one of the later games of the season they stuck forty-six points on Old Whitgiftians who were the subsequent Surrey 1 champions, the fresh influx of quality players that secured that significant result have remained with the club. A big set of O A’s forwards led by their skipper Vincent O’Rourke knew he had to make sure that Reeds were not able to launch their quick men into the open spaces but they were soon in trouble when they were penalised for preventing quick possession and fly half Pete Davidge banged over the penalty.

Moments later Reeds pinned O A’s down in the corner with a series of rucks and mauls and finally it was prop forward Josh Brown who crashed over close to the flag. Reeds down the slope knew they needed to clock up the points in the first half as coming up the hill in the poor conditions would restrict the opportunities.

Young Chris Stegmann the winger went close but he was dragged down near to the flag by Ollie Denton the ex Leeds Carnegie player. It was the second Reeds try of the day that must have been a morale busting reverse, Amplefordians were on the attack deep in Reeds 22 but the ball bounced away following a tackle, quick hands from skipper Billy Maddock put centre Tom McClean away and his pace took him down the touchline for a score in the corner, fly half Davidge slotted that tricky conversion and Reeds were on the march.

Up front in the tight scrummages Reeds were causing some serious problems for the visitors, shunting them around the park and O A’s were conceding penalties which Reeds poked down to the corners. Michael Wasko in his first outing for the first XV had a splendid afternoon in the lineouts producing quality possession and that led to Reeds third try of the day just before the change round after No 8 Alex Corner bashed his way over.

Although Amplefordians had the slope in the second half, it didn’t look as if they had the firepower to come back from that deficit, however, when the O A’s prop left the field, the game went to uncontested scrums, Reeds had been in charge of that department and the new circumstances gave the visitors some clean possession and that led to what was probably the best try of the day.

O A’s had driven play to Reeds 22 but were shut down by Reeds defence, fly half Freddie Shepherd, the Cambridge blue, saw full back Ollie Denton on the far side of the park, Shepherd hoisted an inch perfect kick that was collected by Denton and he crashed over for their first try of the day. Time was running out for Amplefordians to come back into the game and Reeds were anxious to get that fourth try and the bonus point, it came from the pace of young James Botterill out on the wing he looked to have been stopped some ten metres out, but he surged out of the tackle and was in under the sticks.
Man of the Match

Michael Wasko for a gritty and dynamic all round showing coupled with particularly strong line out work. A great way for one of our new signings to announce himself!! Linked to that, a strong mention for the whole pack who played very well in difficult wet conditions, were technically strong, and didn’t take a backwards step all game.

Reeds vs old Amplefordians Sat 22-09-18 (1)

Michael Wasko (right) receiving congratulations from Ryan Biddlecombe, representing Veterans 4 Wildlife.

Next week Reeds are away to Chipstead who have an impressive defensive record having conceded the least number of points in Surrey 1 last season and they lost by just one point to Old Wimbledonians in the first game of this season.

George Spinks
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