Tabard 19 Enfield 15
The club house at Tabard was on a high after this win for the 1st 15 and also a good victory for the 2nds against a spirited Berkhamsted side.
In the first team game, Tabard got things off to a good start when early pressure forced the visitors to concede a penalty 25 m out which captain Jack Reilly slotted for three points. Tabard were then unlucky that the referee didn’t play advantage following a knock, instead play was stopped and Tabard conceded possession at the scrum. Enfield got the ball out wide and, despite a try saving tackle by Priscott, were able to score in the corner, although they couldn’t manage the conversion.
Minutes later and Tabard had another scrum. The ball that came out wasn’t good but somehow the ball went out to winger King. He chipped ahead but was impeded as he went to collect the ball and Reilly made no mistake with his kick at goal to put Tabard back in front after 15 minutes.
Enfield’s big pack stepped up the intensity and despite good Tabard defence, were able to score under the posts after some good off loading. The successful conversion put the visitors back in front at 6 – 12 after 25 minutes of play.
Enfield set up another attack and were held up close to the Tabard line. Somehow Teddy Gough was able to get hands on the ball and brush away the attempts at a tackle by the Enfield second row and pass out to winger Liam Gallagher. He set off down the touch line and was stopped by a good tackle although Enfield were forced to concede a penalty at the breakdown. Reilly looked to close the gap but was disappointed to see his attempt drift just wide of the posts. Tabard ended the half with a good break by the returning Aled Davis who linked up with Tom King but the attack came to nothing and the referee blew for half time.
Whatever was said at the interval by coach Cam O’Connor had a galvanising affect on the Tabard side who got the half off to great start. Tom King again set up a good field position but a knock on by the visitors gave Tabard a scrum close to the Enfield line. Again the ball out the scrum wasn’t clean but was well set up by Teddy and Harry Gough allowing Priscott to break two tackles and barge over for a great try. Reilly’s conversion put Tabard in front at 13 – 12.
Tabard were caught napping at the restart and conceded a soft penalty which allowed Enfield to get their noses back in front with a well struck penalty.
The visitors were gradually taking control of both possession and territory before a perfectly executed tackle by second row, Stanley Gough, saw Enfield cough up possession and allowed Tabard to clear down field. With that the momentum of the game turned in Tabard’s favour. Teddy Gough won a penalty just inside the Enfield half but Reilly’s attempt went just wide. Gough was soon again causing havoc and winning another penalty. Again Reilly’s kick was just off target. A good attack by Priscott after the drop out set up Davis who made good ground. He set up Olashore but the final pass was adjudged forward and Enfield were off the hook. Enfield were forced in to conceding yet another penalty for not rolling and Reilly made no mistake this time to put Tabard back in front, 16 -15.
The kicks at goal had pinned Enfield back in their half, a tactic that worked well for Tabard. The next penalty Tabard secured was kicked to touch however. Tabard were unable to secure the ball at the line out and Enfield cleared to half way. A Tabard penalty allowed Enfield in Tabard’s 22 but a great defensive effort saw the ball turned over and a clearing kick by Gallagher in to Enfield’s half. King followed up and secured a penalty at the breakdown. This set Reilly for another kick at goal, with which he made no mistake. Reilly had the last word with a wonderful turnover after Enfield looked to steal the win at the last. The ball was cleared and Tabard celebrated a well deserved victory.
Team: Hancock, Priscott, Tilley, Stanley Gough, Webber, Teddy Gough, Marcus Bunning, Kenny, Harry Gough, Reilly, King, Davis, Olashore, Gallagher, George Gough.
Morgan Bunning, Van Leon