The Green Machine started the season on the front foot with a bonus point win against a travelling Kempston side.
Due to a skin-tag convention in Portugal & a little fella coming into the world (Congratulations Mr. Bancroft), 5 senior players were unavailable for selection.
19 players made themselves available for the fixture & ensured skipper Trotman was supported on the field.
The skipper made the squad aware of his game plan during the warm-up, the need to secure a bonus point win was key especially on home soil. The lads took this on board and there was a definite buzz within the changing room before kick-off.
The whistle blew & the machine stepped up into first gear, for the first 20 minutes it was constant pressure from Deepings with some excellent team & individual tries being scored. Trotman stumbled over the white wash as his dominating pack pushed Kempston back 10 metres to open the scoring, this score will be chalked down to Trotman but deep down he knows he was just an accessory to the 5 points. Josh Broome played a blinder and was pulling the strings from his adopted fly-half position, for his efforts he was rewarded with a brace of tries and put in some very powerful runs to keep the backline running and scare the opposition. Kelvin Squires, currently on loan for RFC Benalmadina, was welcomed back with open arms by his team mates, he cashed in some Euros for a well-deserved meat pie late on it the first half.
The remaining 20 minutes of the first half went to plan, with the forwards in the shape of Hart, Trotman & Warren smashing some naughty line up from the returning kick offs. Jack Hart finishing off a dazzling run for 60 meters with a try, a great solo effort. The front five where having fun upfront dominating the set piece, Gilbert, Green & Silverwood were ensuring that the pressure became too much for their opposition and the Kempston hooker was popping like a champagne cork, this led to a string of penalties and resulted in their scrum-half taking on the number 2 shirt.
Deeping found themselves camped on their own line for a scrum infringement but confidently ran a line out ball out from their own line in the shape of Whitby with Corrigan finishing off a divine piece of back play.
The half time whistle went and all had gone to plan.
The second half started with more issues upfront & due to a neck injury the ref decided to go for uncontested scrums. This decision killed the intensity of the Deepings side and Kempston were let back into the game. Fitness & failure to follow the game plan ensured Kempston scored 3 tries on the back of Deepings errors.
The final whistle went and the job had been done, a bonus point win but the feeling post-match was that “we could of done better”.
However, the right result & a fantastic start to the season with so much more to come.
Special thanks must go to all the Vets who stepped up to ensure a squad could be turned out, very much appreciated by all.
Man of the Match: Steve Corrigan.
Cock of the Match: Luke Whitby for his disgraceful touring car stickers in the back of his Corsa & his use of dry shampoo.
Thoughts for next week:
Turn up on time!
Make the tackle.
Keep the discipline.