Wymondham's 2nd XV win against Watton's 1st XV in the Cup
By Matthew Hood
A great game for Wymondham to remember on Remembrance Weekend
On a warm and Sunny November day, Wymondham's 2nd XV hosted Watton 1st XV in the Norfolk Junior Cup.
The teams were lead out by Wymondham under ??? Kingsley Lockwood and both Wymondham and Watton observed a minutes silence for Remembrance Weekend. The whistle blew and both teams lined up for what would be a great match ahead.
Wymondham started with the intensity that they had been lacking in the first half of their most recent games and straight away showed dominance in the pack stealing the ball against the head from the kick off that hadn't gone 10. Wymondham rallied early and put an early try over the line from Matthew O'Bian in the corner converted by Darren Wilson to start off Wymondham 7 - 0 Watton.
The dominance in the forwards continued and the backs were exerting the same levels of pressure. Wymondham formed a rolling maul on the opposition 5 and crossed the line only to be told the try could not be awarded as the ref could not see the ball grounded to the disappointment of Matthew O'Bian. This mattered not as Wymondham won the scrum and Gregory Russell came off the back putting the ball over the line which was then converted again by Darren Wilson . Wymondham 14 - 0 Watton.
Watton re-started kicking the ball high. Matthew Hood collected and ran back at them making yards. Watton gave away a penalty for not rolling away and Tom Potkins Kicked the ball for touch. Ben Edwards chased hard and caught the ball short of the touch line continuing on passed 2 Watton players getting the ball down in their corner. Darren Wilson made it 3 out of 3 putting Wymondham further ahead. Wymondham 21 - 0 Watton.
Watton did not give up and using a good set of crash balls, they managed to get up into Wymondham's half getting the ball out wide for their first against the hosts unconverted Wymondham 21 - 5 Watton.
Bouyed by this Watton continued to put pressure on Wymondham around the fringes and managed a 2nd try under the posts minutes before half time. 21 - 12 Watton.
Wymondham made a few changes just before half time bringing Josh Ludkin and Alex Wigney off for a well deserved rest moving Matthew O'Bian to 15, Darren Wilson to 12 and putting Connor Jermyn in at 9 and Ollie Smith on the wing.
The second half set up and Wymondham went straight back into there game all guns blazing. The forwards work hard punching holes in the opposition defense and drawing their players in giving Darren Wilson a hole to go through scoring in the corner unfortunately missing the conversion on his own try. 26 - 12 Watton.
Watton retaliated and Wymondham gave away a flurry of penalties giving Watton the opportunity to take advantage and get another try, this time converted Wymondham 26 - 19 Watton.
Ill discipline continued of Wymondham's part and again Watton made their way forward penalty after penalty. Wymondham stood firm on their 5 for a volley of attacks but Watton continued to apply pressure eventually breaking through the defensive line getting them there reward of another 5 points. Unconverted. Wymondham 26 - 24 Watton
With the scores becoming close, Wymondham re-organised and Nial Airdre came on for an injured Jack Dring. Discipline and focus returned to the Wymondham side and they turned the screw forcing Watton into their half and pinning them there.
Alex Wigney and Josh Ludkin returned to the field along with Freddie Calver . Connor Jermyn, Ciaran Long and Gregory Russell came off and the side restructured again.
Another superb set of play starting from great forward momentum gave the backs a 3 man overlap which Alex Wigney decided he didn't need as he darted through a hole in the opposition scoring under the posts for Darren Wilson to convert once more. Wymondham 33 - 24 Watton
Wymondham continued the rest of the second half in this fashion putting constant pressure on Watton, recycling ball, playing their phases and using their structure well. The pressure in the end was too much for Watton's defense and once again, Ben Edwards received the ball on his wing, pinned his ears back and ran for the corner securing him his second try of the match in the oppositions corner. Unfortunately this was unconverted. Wymondham 38 - 24 Watton
Wymondham continued to search for more points but Watton held firm until the final whistle blew.
FT - Wymondham 38 - 24 Watton
MoM - Matthew Hood