Wolves Shows Strength in Depth Against Sidcup
Sidcup Visit Goddington Lane For 2 Mixed Team Fixture by Tom Barrett
Wolves Whites 9 Sidcup 0
In game 1 Wolves Whites quickly started on the front foot attacking the visitors in the midfield areas. Ollie was first on the scoresheet running in from close in after good link up play with Haydon and straight after the restart Haydon himself made another speedy break down the right before being halted by an outstanding defensive tackle by the Sidcup hooker who was everywhere and the star man for the away side. Tries 2 and 3 saw Matthew break through the centre, veering right and playing in that man Hayden again to score on the right byline before Will caught a kick in the fullback position and ran at the Sidcup defence and passed the ball out to Ollie for his second score of the day in the opposite corner. Tommy Hill then got on the scoreboard wriggling through a surprised defence to the try line from 10 yards out and Jamie scored at the end of the half to make it 5 after Jack Piller (who was harshly penalised by the ref – his dad - on at least 2 occasions!) ran a great angle through the midfield left to feed Jamie who sprinted home.
The second half saw some switches including Christopher replacing Will at fullback and the return of Henry Bonetti to the backline with Ollie hobbling off with a knock after a good first half display. Despite the fresh legs for the home team Sidcup then managed to get a foothold in the game - making good ground - no doubt reeling from a half time rollicking. It wasn’t long though until Wolves Whites took control again and Henry ran in 2 tries – the best being a powerful 40 yard run full of upper body strength and determination as he battered his way past several attempted tackles on the right. Henry then became provider as he took at least 2 of the covering defence down again and pooped an excellent pass to Haydon who did what Haydon does best running in another try with ease. Jamie added his second from 20 yards out and Matthew almost got on the scoresheet at the close with an audacious attempt at an interception deep in Sidcup’s half although he just failed to grasp the rebound off his outstretched hand.
In a game of few rucks this was a great display of side to side attacking rugby from Coombe and shows how easy the game can be with good attacking lines and simple passes to teammates.
Wolves Blues 2 – Sidcup 1
The second game was much more evenly matched with both teams going toe-to-toe particularly in the forward areas. Sidcup looked the bigger side but Wolves Blues put in a good solid display and the game could have gone either way. Wolves did not manage to match the passing and interplay of the first game but they were determined not to let Sidcup get the upper hand in a high intensity game. James Henderson then made the breakthrough down the right side running in impressively from 30 yards after some good interplay but with plenty still to do. Toby B then limped off at the close of the half after an unfortunate twisted ankle following an strong display in the middle alongside the rest of the forwards. The second half followed a similar pattern with Sidcup coming into the game a little more with their tall winger in particular causing problems down the right. Henry Anderson then took the game by the scruff of the neck and forced his way to a try with a 30 yard run down the right brushing aside all tackle attempts. Sidcup then came back into the game with wave after wave of attacks and despite some strong Wolves defending they deservedly forced a consolation try in the last minute through a 15 yard run to the line in the heart of the Wolves defence.
This was a good, competitive game which Wolves Blues won through a combination of strong defence and determination. .
Well done boys on two great performances and apologies if I missed any key moments out.