WANDERER'S EFFORTS COME TO NOTHING
“We mustn’t beat ourselves up, we just need to adapt to playing in this division, its so different to the Premiership” commented a disappointed head coach Chris Ower.
“Beddau is a difficult place to come and get a result, but we had plenty of chances and we’ll look back on it as a missed opportunity” added Captain Nick Hampson
On a wet afternoon in Beddau it was the visitors who came out of the blocks well. With Gareth Cull orchestrating proceedings behind an early chance came the Wanderers way but a chance to release wing Dan Lovell was missed. The Wanderers continued to find room out wide and the home side defence came under increasing pressure. An early penalty from Cull opened the scoring and then soon afterwards a break from lock John George put Lovell clear. Still with a lot of work to do “Shovel” rounded the covering defence then stepped inside to cross under the posts for a superb try. Cull converted 0-10. At his point it was all Wanderers with the home side struggling to find any form to their game. Lovell came close to a second try very soon afterwards but he was deemed in touch before grounding the ball and Beddau escaped with a 22 drop out. Cull added a further penalty to extend the lead but then an injury to centre Lloyd Thomas gave the home side the opportunity they needed. Whilst the substitution was being made the home side broke downfield and exploiting the space out wide where the Wanderers were missing a player Beddau crossed in the corner with a Bradley Coombs try, 5-13. All of a sudden the game changed. The home side started to pick their game up and despite going down to 14 men with a man in the bin they pressed the visitors defence. A five metre scrum gave them a chance and after a series of drives full back Daniel Fox found the space to cross under the posts. Danny Ellis converted and the sides went into the break with the home side only a point behind despite having very little of the game. Half time 12-13.
The Wanderers were forced into a change at scrum half with Harry Trelawny being replaced by Tim Cronin. With conditions deteriorating both kickers were given chances but attempts went wide. With the breakdown being contested more and more ferociously the home side started to get the upper hand. Ellis landed a penalty to put Beddau ahead 15-13 and both sides started to ring the changes in order to grab a victory. Wanderers lost Captain Nick Hampson with an ankle injury with 15 minutes to go and after a penalty to the Wanderers after a ruck incident Cull stepped up, after receiving treatment for a cut to the head, to put the visitors back in front as the game entered the last 10 minutes. There was very little to choose between the sides and it took a moment of magic to decide the outcome. A Beddau attack set up good field position and when the ball was moved into midfield Bradley Coombs crashed through the midfield to seal the victory with a superb try. Ellis converted and despite a late rally from the visitors the home side hung on for a 22-16 win leaving the Wanderers still searching for a win this season.
Report: Elliot Jones/ Alyn Humphreys