Sunday 16 January 2011
More mud. A hard fought game against a heavy powerful Tring side whose close play suited the conditions.
The first half was pretty even with the forwards of both sides dominating possession and play. The break came after a speculative kick out by the Tring fly half bounced vicously to land in their player's hands for him to score under the posts, which was then converted. But heads didn't drop and the quality of the play continued, firstly a great break by Yiannis and Ed Nice on one side, followed by Matthew on the other and then a rumbling drive up the middle in the last minute lead to Matthew's attempt being held up on the line.
The Finchley pressure continued in the second half and then brought results. The backs played with more confidence and the ball began to be pushed wide; good runs by Robert, Connor and Cal firstly and then Ed Nice came into the line on a great angle to cut through their defence from 25m out to score, 5-7. Finchley went straight back into the attack and a further series of drives allowed Chris to break away from the back of the maul to drive and stretch over the line. Two 'first scores' for Chris and Ed, well done and first of many!
Match report by Andrew Stone