Derby B 34 – 10 Fenland Barbarians
By Kevin Martin
The Fenland Barbarians travelled to Derby on a frosty morning for a game where they had all the possession but few of the points.
Derby started on a very soggy pitch and Fenland were soon rewarded with a scrum which they easily won. Robert Martin was trying out the scrum half role for the first time using his terrier flanker skills. He provided a good link to the backs that had been missing in recent games. During the first half six scrums were awarded and the Barbarians won all but one of them. A similar ratio existed for the line outs and the Barbarians possession of the ball was over 80 per cent. Unfortunately whenever Derby did get the ball the Barbarians defence was disorganised and slow to react to the danger. By half time Derby had scored four un-converted tries with only a few more touches of the ball!
The second half followed a very similar pattern but eventually the pressure led to a try for Harley Bycraft who was able to avoid a couple of tackles and score in the corner. The Barbarians then dominated the last quarter of the game and great forward control allowed Josh Flegg to convert from a ruck near the Derby line. Derby had not touched the ball for over five minutes. The drop out was gathered by the Barbarians who then made a final drive up the pitch going through about fifteen phases and extending the game by about 5 minutes while denying Derby any possession for an extended period. The referee commented afterwards that he “thought it was never going to end.” Unfortunately Derby were able to turn the ball over and ran in a try to finish the game giving a final score of 34-10 to the hosts.
Team: Josh Flegg (captain), Ryan, Jack Lagdon, Perry Lee-Goddard, Devon Brooks, Harley Bycraft, Robert Martin, Mark Scandlers, dan gammons, Jack Goodyear, ben keast, Merren Leaper, Bradley Hiscocks, clyde hurst, Tom Presneil, Dylan Jones, Tim Hodgson, Patryk Danielewski.