Thurston v Wymondham 1sts
By Ian Boggan
Dominant display by the Red & Black - Dave Brunton
Despite the emphatic score line Thurston were competitive to the end. The score was an indication of how well Wymondham played rather than a capitulation by Thurston.
The first ten minutes saw Wymondham lose three line-outs in a row due to over complicated calls. However, Wymondham soon settled into their rhythm and Nathan Wilson crashed over for the first try which was converted by Charlie Delaney, this followed an earlier penalty kick. Delaney went on to produce a master class in goal kicking, converting every try from every area of the pitch. The second try saw Ollie Charlish dive over in the corner following some outlandish footballing skills shown by Luke Beales. Josh Wright got the next try as he careered around the pitch like a stag in the Rut.
By now the away team had settled into their rhythm and Wilson ran in from forty metres following some great inter-play between the backs and forwards. Tom Baxter was rampaging around the pitch like an angry Rhino punching holes into the Thurston defence. Eli Greaves was the next to cross the try line with a typical snaking burst, this was quickly followed by a Delaney try to take the score to 45-0.
Thurston made their first visit into the Wymondham 22 on the stroke of halftime and scored under the post following a strong straight run by their powerful outside centre.
Ben Edwards showed his blistering acceleration with a brace of trys just after half-time. The second of these created by Greaves throwing an outrageous thirty metre pass. Anwar Bouilouta was the next to run in to take the score to 66 - 7. Greaves got the next two to get his hat trick. Delaney then got his second following a typical mazy run. Skipper Simon Darby deservedly got the final score following a big forward drive against an exhausted Thurston pack. With the score at 94-7 the referee, who had an excellent game, blew the final whistle as the forward's lined up for a five metre scrum much to the disappointment of the Wymonham supporters who wanted to see the one hundred points.
The fact that the man of the match was the Thurston nos. 8 says a lot about the resilience of the Thurston team but it has to be said that this was a sparkling performance by the Wymondham boys.