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Fordingbridge Rugby Club
Totts
Sun 17 Dec 11:00 - Friendly Full time

BRIDGEMEN EAT JELLYTOTTS! Report by STUART FIELDER

On a the kind of Winter morning that my Scottish Great Uncle Roland could only have described as driech, we found ourselves once again upon the field of battle

On a the kind of Winter morning that my Scottish Great Uncle Roland could only have described as driech, we found ourselves once again upon the field of battle (or beside it, to be more accurate), eagarly awaiting yet another Sunday morning clash involving our favourite band of adolescent rugby thugs! Happy band that we are, not a single thought was turned to Christmas shopping left to be done, cleaning left undone at home or indeed the simple pleasures of being indoors for once on a Sunday morning!!
Delayed by a late kick off and group of allegedly terrified Ellingham U15s (a rumour later dispelled by the U15 scoreline), we stood awaiting in the cold and wet, as the boys scampered about, making what at times, looked like a fair effort at going through some drills. As the 15s departed, just as rain started to come, the 14s in blue, and Totton green, black and white quickly ran onto the field anxious to get at each other – or at the very least warm up a bit.
I am afraid that I did not take detailed notes on Sunday so my description of the game is formed in more impressionistic broad strokes of how the game ‘felt’ but as often before in amongst the 6 wins already gleaned this season, the game took on a very familiar pattern which can be described in terms of teamwork as opposed to a sequence of individual actions. That is not to say that the sight of Max looking to collect on a challenge to score 5 match tries before half-time wasn’t a sight to behold; a side-step, a hand-off to the face and just sheer strength and pace, saw him cross the line three times before the interval. But of course, what does remain in the memory are the increasingly regular flashes of continuity which are building the U14s a fearsome rep.
Numbers have of course, swollen recently and it has been a pleasure to see newer members of the squad make sizeable contributions as the season has reached it’s halfway point. I have been consistently impressed by our new second row (on Sunday supplemented brilliantly by a Man of the Match performance by Ben, who put himself about like a belligerent rhino) James N seems incapable of going anywhere slowly, hurtling like a scolded cat from impact to impact and our very own goliath, Cairan who consistently seems surprised that he possesses the strength to always make ground even when he has half of Hampshire’s youth attached to his ankles. Harry has added even more raw pace on the wing, to that already possessed by the electric James P and newish throughbred Josh.
All shone today (excepting James N who was nursing sore ribs) and added to a match which saw the Fordy boys frankly bully Totton from the off. Four tries before half-time left the opposition dazed and searching for a way back in. It never came. Even when the ‘bridge were forced to move playmaker Joe to scrumhalf, the threat did not diminish for Totton as Anthony has proved himself a more than capable deputy at No 10. Several times he threatened to cut straight through wobbling Totton defence.
With due respect, Totton never quite folded completely and a large middle section of the match was a fairly even contest where each defence was tested and stretched. These may have been periods of play where we might previously have struggled shorn off the merciless ‘Flymo’ Wells, but all now are capable of putting in that defensive shift. It must have been demoralising to throw your best at the boys in blue and still meet a consistently stubborn wall of Potter at his best, Jack Pawson in typically bad mood and Archie lierally throwing bodies backwards. However, you still felt that despite Totton’s best efforts, they were likely to be outdone at a moment’s notice either by a broken-field gallop from Alfie (one of which genuinely looked as if his feet were no longer in contact with the ground!), a muscle-bound, pugnacious Complin drive or a bristling, ‘hard to the line’ counter attack led by Joe. Imagine how dispiriting it is to be driving towards the line, feeling stronger, passing the ball slickly, only to see the ball stolen from your grasp by one of the smallest player’s on the pitch, who then ships the ball cleverly on and sets loose Max on a move that went the length of the pitch! Once again, it appeared to make little difference to Patch whose put-in it was, scrums were won at will.
Having held through the middle period following the initial body blows, Totton capitulated and surrendered two further quickfire tries at the conclusion; one to the mighty Complin, the other to Max (making a last minute dash for his tenner!). This was a very solid performance punctuated by real moments of fluency, made possible by an evergrowing sense of ‘team’. The contribution to what has always potentially been a very good side, made by Dave and Scotty this season is visible and greatly appreciated.
So in conclusion, after Sunday’s fixture, as the boy’s chowed down on sausages and beans, I promised some a match report with ‘seasonal’ flavour. A foolish promise and one which I have say is a far harder proposition than you might imagine. Therefore, what follows is a disaster in terms of syntax, grammar, rhythm and any other existing rules of rhyme, however I hope that you will take it in the spirit it is intended!
(consider it a more polite version of Tom C’s “Fordy boys” song to which I was introduced last week!)

Happy Christmas everyone!!
On the first day of Christmas
Our Fordy-boys sent to me:
A killer side-step by Thomas Parry

On the second day of Christmas
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the third day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the fourth day of Christmas
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the fifth day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the sixth day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the seventh day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
7 Complin snarls
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the eighth day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
8 Pawson rumbles
7 Complin snarls
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the ninth day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
9 Eryx at your ankles
8 Pawson rumbles
7 Complin snarls
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the tenth day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
10 sprints by Josh
9 Eryx at your ankles
8 Pawson rumbles
7 Complin snarls
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the eleventh day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
11 outside breaks by Max
10 sprints by Josh
9 Eryx at your ankles
8 Pawson rumbles
7 Complin snarls
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry
On the twelfth day of Christmas
Our Fordy boys sent to me:
12 Patrick turnovers
11 outside breaks by Max
10 sprints by Josh
9 Eryx at your ankles
8 Pawson rumbles
7 Complin snarls
6 Cookie clear outs
5 Joe swerves and kicks
4 scorching Packman bursts
3 Luc ducks and dashes
2 thumping Potter tackles
and a killer side-step by Thomas Parry

Thank you Stuart for another great Report!

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