GILFACH GOCH 6
“A tough game on a heavy pitch.” Commented Club Captain Haval Ibrahim. “Gilfach never gave up. In the end our power game saw us through”
“When you looked at our side at the end of the game it was full of Youth players. It’s great for the future of the side” added Director of Rugby Martyn Fowler.
On a bright sunny afternoon the home side were out of the blocks first. Both forwards and backs combined but the Gilfach defence was up to the task and when Darren Ryan tried to put Tom Driver away his pass was intercepted. Fortunately for the Wanderers Luke Fish reacted quickest and chased down the attacker to prevent a score. It was not long before the home side got the scoreboard moving. A penalty from a scrum gave them good field position and after an initial drive the backs were released. The ball was set up in midfield and when the outside backs were released Matt Arnold was on hand to finish off the move. Fish converted from the touchline to set the home side on their way 7-0. Gilfach responded well and after a penalty of their own they set up a position in the Wanderers 22. This attack was once again repulsed but they continued with a period of pressure. When the Wanderers were caught offside they took the offer of 3 points to reduce the arrears 7-3. The game ebbed and flowed despite the heavy conditions both sides tried to move the ball around. Captain for the day Aaron Fowler was involved in a good move involving Dan Crimmins and Jake Conway but the ball was spilled in the visitors 22. The home side started to control proceedings despite the efforts of the Gilfach side and another score seemed inevitable. Not for the first time this season it came from a predictable source. A penalty from a scrum allowed Fish to secure a lineout deep in the Gilfach 22. A strong drive from the home side forwards then saw Crimmins crash over. Fish missed the conversion 12-3. Once again the visitors mounted a response. Unfortunately, the home side defence was firm and soon the defence was turned into attack. Jacob Laroche, playing his first game for the Wanderers cleared a ball downfield. A great kick chase and turnover on halfway put the Wanderers on the front foot. The ball was moved wide and Ryan Davis found himself in space. He cantered downfield and as the cover came across he put Arnold away and he ran in his second try. Fish converted 19-3. The half ended with the Wanderers dominating. Fowler went close after a drive downfield and Tom James was denied on the line by some resolute defence from the visitors. Half time 19-3.
The pitch seemed to be winning at the start of the second half as both sides found the going very heavy. A second penalty for the visitors made the score 19-6 as they had their best period of the game. Forcing a number of penalties from the Wanderers they kept play deep in the home side half. The Wanderers struggled to gain their ascendancy again and that was further hampered by the loss of Fish for 10 minutes following a high tackle. A third penalty attempt went wide for Gilfach and as the game entered its final quarter the Wanderers called on the cavalry. As Fish resumed his place on the field he was quickly in the action for the bonus point try. A break from Lloyd Chalke sliced the defence apart and Fish, up in support, put Conway away and he cantered in from 20 metres to score. That put the game beyond doubt 24-6. The game entered its final moments and the Wanderers mounted attack after attack. A neat dummy and break downfield by Crimmins put Chalke away and Tom Driver was on hand to round off another good move with a dive over in the corner. Fish converted 31-6. With the opposition hanging on valiantly Haval Ibrahim, on as a sub, rounded off the scoring after a quick penalty tap from Crimmins and Fish landed his fourth conversion to make the score 38-6. The last move of the game saw Josh Sheehan round off a man of the match performance from the second row as he broke clear from the kick off. Unfortunately he got stuck in the mud and the ball went loose. That rounded off the day’s play with the home side comfortably keeping their lead at the top of the league. Final Score 38-6.
Tries: Matt Arnold (2), Dan Crimmins, Jake Conway, Tom Driver, Haval Ibrahim.
Cons: Luke Fish (4)
Massiv Man of the Match: Josh Sheehan