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Your News Broadstreet 58 - Scunthorpe 34 (including Badgers report)

Good luck to Cameron Pimlow who has been snapped up by Beddau RFC after a short but productive stint with us, Beddau are towards the top of Welsh Division 1 (a similar standard to Coventrys National 1) so the move is a positive step forward for the 21 year old. This, however, once again leaves a gaping hole in the starting line up at fly-half, so it was left to scrum- half Mark Schropfer to try his hand in the position, allowing Thatch to continue at 9. Brett Chatwin moves into the centre to fill in for Andy Skene which allowed Dan Phillips to start on the wing. Chris Zutic earns his first start since moving to Street from Earlsdon and Carl Southwell comes in at hooker at the expense of Ciaran Price.

Andy Tee took over the kicking duties for the match and was called upon in the first minute after Scunthorpe were judged offside after the opening phases of play, his kick from distance notched up 3 points and began an excellent kicking display. 5 minutes later any question marks about whether Shroff could fill in at 10 were duly answered when he ghosted through the Scunthorpe defensive line, breaking clear from his own half before banging out a great 20 metre pass into the hands of Matty Fielder who won the race to the corner. Tetley added the extras with an excellent conversion from the touchline 10-0

Scunthorpe had an opportunity to close the gap but flyhalf Mark Woollard surprisingly missed what was his easiest kicking position of the day but he made up for this just minutes later when he slotted a penalty from 40 metres plus. On the 20 minute mark, some extended pressure from the Broadstreet forwards near the Scunthorpe line created an overlap for the backs with Tetley in the receiver position ready to feed the back-line queueing up outside him. However a quick showngo fooled the Scunthorpe defenders working hard to cover the outside and he scored his 2nd try of the season. 15-3

Just 5 minutes after, Broadstreet extended their lead due to some good forward work. A strong scrum put the Scunthorpe number 8 under pressure when he picked up close to his own line, Broadstreet forwards counter-rucked at the breakdown and the ref penalised the 8 for holding on. A quick tap and snipe predictably ended in a try for Nick Thatcher close to the Scunthorpe posts. Scunthorpes scrumhalf Mclean replied with a try shortly after, latching on to a break blind by the winger who drew the covering defenders and fed Mclean for the score. 22-10

With 5 minutes to go, Broadstreet built a bigger buffer sending themselves in comfortable leaders at half-time, having probably played their most complete half of rugby this season. The back-line looked threatening and Shroff distributed well from 10 whilst the forwards set up phase after phase of good platforms which allowed them to play. This was exemplified by the final try of the half, Chatwin scythed through the Scunthorpe defence beating a number of would-be tacklers before offloading to Deardon. Quick rucking allowed quick ball to Shropfer who ambled sideways sucking in 2 defenders before feeding Simkiss who had scissored with him. Now behind the Scunny defensive line Simkiss put on a slow burst of pace before offloading to Zutic who injected the necessary speed to power through 2 tackles and get Street to the try-line. 27-10

HT 27-10

Broadstreet continued to do some damage in the scrum at the start of the second half but despite turning the scrum 90 degrees the referee failed to reverse the feed. Instead 6 minutes into the 2nd half a turned Scunthorpe scrum was allowed to continue, the ball was fed to Woollard who hoisted the ball cross-field. The ball bounced in play and was collected by winger Wade who managed to complete a 40 metre dash to the try-line. 27-17

2 minutes later initial poor tackling from some Broadstreet forwards deep in the Scunthorpe half opened the door for the best try of the match. A series of interchanging offloads out of tackles took Scunthorpe right up the pitch and this was finished by Chris Neal who was the final support runner and the end of a fantastic run. Unbelievably Scunthorpe took the lead from Broadstreet just minutes later, driving over in the far corner from a lineout. For a better description ask the Broadstreet forwards who were watching intently from 5 metres away. 27-31

The horror start to the second half was a flashback to the Bromsgrove game, where a similar spell of poor play gave the opposition an insurmountable lead which kept Street from competing for a vital league win. If we are going to be serious promotion contenders then periods of play like that can never happen again. On a lighter note Broadstreet halted Scunthorpes purple patch with probably their best try of the afternoon 15 minutes into the 2nd half. Fielder returned the ball from inside his 22 and showed good strength to break a couple of tackles, the ball was quickly recycled and sent wide to Chris Zutic who added enough pace to break round the outside of the Scunthorpe defence. Andy Tee ran a great line and Zutic held on long enough to draw the tacklers before offloading to the fullback who continued on towards the Scunthorpe 22 before being caught. He turned and fed Dan Phillips who then sent a miss pass across the path of two supporting forwards to find Nick Thatcher in acres of space and a free run at the line. 34-31

2 minutes later Broadstreet were back in Scunthorpes 22 but with the potential to mount another threatening attack, however a loose pass behind the attacking line had Shroff scampering back to secure the ball and the Scunthorpe players were quick to try and isolate him behind his support. However in one quick fluid motion he snatched up the ball and without looking to check his position in relation to the posts executed a drop goal which sailed through the up rights. The cheeky little welsh man turned and began jogging back to his own half without even looking to check he had slotted it. Woollard was not to be outdone and he once more closed the gap with an outstanding penalty which wouldnt have looked out of place in an international match. 37-34

With 20 minutes to go Scunthorpe looked out of the game despite the close score-line, this was compounded when they were reduced to 14 men when prop Sydall was sent off for tripping (surprisingly) Ed Simkiss after Street had been held up over the line and were walking back to the attacking scrum. Simkiss rubbed salt in the wound when, after Nigel had powered off the base of the scrum, he latched on to the second phase ball and stumbled over the line. 44-34

With 10 minutes to go Ben Dawes put the game out of reach in standard fashion and crashed through a couple of tackles after picking the ball from the base of the ruck, there was a raft of backs waiting for the ball outside him but I think they knew they werent getting a sniff. Brett Chatwin added to his total at the top of the try scorers list when he wrapped up a threatening game at outside centre and the scoring with an easy try after the Scunthorpe defenders had seemingly given up 58-34

MotM few strong candidates with Shroff, Zutic and Tetley but winger Matty Fielder stood out well.

DotD Ciaran Price for once again dropping the ball over the opposition try-line

Determined Beavers grab deserved win against strong OLs second string!

On a bright and sunny November afternoon Broadstreet 3rd XV welcomed old Laurent's 2nd XV to Ivor Preece field for the highly anticipated top-of-the table Warwickshire 1 clash. In what could be the defining point in the season, the Beavers grew in stature and turned in a magnificent performance that earned them 4 well-deserved points and put some distance at the top of the league between them and Old Laurents as we approach the half-way point in the season.

Skipper Chris Lopez Harrison had deliberately played down the game's importance in the pre-match build-up, but it was impossible not to sense the tension and nervous optimism amongst the boys. There were a number of individual confrontations that needed to be handled calmly and collectively as a team, and that's exactly what Street did....eventually! However the start didnt go exactly to plan - Street set a great tempo with Aidy Jones and Jamie Richardson both scoring in quick succession but both were harshly disallowed. OL's are a strong side and you wondered these decisions would be our undoing. Indeed, things got worse as Street failed to turn all their early possession into points, and nervous indecision out wide led us to concede first against the run of play. Broadstreet 0 OLs 5. A converted penalty followed, and then Jon Rodney Beales half-arsed clearance kick allowed OLs in for their 2nd try. The conversion was successful and suddenly the score-line looked decidedly gloomy. Broadstreet 0 OLs 15.

The Beaver's experienced back-line have been in great form all season, and Steve Allen, playing at fly-half instead of centre, dropped 2 restart kicks right down the OL hookers' throat which gave Loper 2 perfect opportunities to well and truly clatter him, which he took with gusto! Moments like these lift a side, and as Street had never really been out of the game, we were confident that the scores would come in time. And come they did....Street forwards rucked superbly all day, which gave Lyddy (seeing stars for the 1st 40 minutes!) the perfect platform to dart through to score his first of 2 typically, predatory tries in quick succession, punctuated only by an OL penalty. Broadstreet 10 OLs 18.

The Beavers welcomed back Ashley Ratty Lighthowler, playing his first game back after a bout of pneumonia. Ratty had told me he was 80% match-fit on Friday, and if thats the case I shudder to think how well hell be playing when hes fully fit. As the first-half came to a close Street managed to bring themselves well and truly back into contention. Danny Rowstron broke from a ruck, and off-loaded to Lyddy who drew 2 men before passing to Ratty who out-paced several defenders after coming into the line at pace from full-back.

HALF-TIME: Broadstreet 15 OLs 18

Monkey mans inspiring team-talk at half-time

We had talked before the game about how costly a yellow card can be in games this close, as OLs had found out towards the end of the 1st half when one of their forwards was yellow-carded for persistent handling on the floor. It seemed inevitable that the second-half was going to be painfully close, and it was perhaps inevitable that a few niggles began to creep in, and Im sure OLs will be cursing the fact that they failed to convert one of the 3 kickable penalties they were awarded in the 2nd half.

Led by the formidable centre partnership of Rowstron and Crawford, Streets defence was excellent throughout, and Street old-boy Ben Shepherd was given very few opportunities to go on one of his infamous bull-dozing runs. Jamie Richardson, who had another great game at tighthead prop, had to go off with a cut to the head, and was replaced by Downesy, and Mike Bednell was forced to leave the field with a pulled hamstring, however we were fortunate enough to bring on back-row Rich Chaplin in his place.

Streets match-winning breakthrough came with 15 minutes to go - centre Stu Crawford sneaking an impressive interception try.

It was then down to us to hold on for a great victory against a strong OLs second team, which we did valiantly.

FULL-TIME: Broadstreet 20 OLs 18

Stu Crawford racing for the line to win the match for the Beavers

MoTM Difficult to pick one person this week. Ratty had an awesome game at full-back. Staystrong was on form and Lyddy was very busy as usual. Chappy was a powerhouse in the 2nd half however joint Man of the Match this week goes to Danny Rowstron & Stu Crawford.....when we needed them most they were superb.

DoTD Easy. He wasnt the only person to clear their lines with a panicked kick, however as hes a forward there can be no excuse for Jon Rodders Beale, especially as his spooned kick led to OLs 2nd try (I wonder whether he has been taking kicking lessons from Danny Banana Boots Rowstron?). Loper was however also in the running for his staged dive, when he was complaining about being poked in the eye....however once again everyone ignored him!

Special Movember mention goes to Lee Stantons love-child, Luke Truslove.


1.Aidy Jones, 2. John Brown, 3. Jamie Richardson, 4. Mike Bednell, 5. Trevor Court, 6. Jon Beale, 7. Colm Berry, 8. Chris Harrison (c), 9. Paul Lydster, 10. Steve Allen, 11. Youssef Hussain, 12. Stu Crawford, 13. Danny Rowstron, 14. Steve Devoy, 15. Ashley Lighthowler

16. Rich Chaplin, 17. James Downes, 18. Mark Atkinson, 19. Nigel Deakin, 20. Chris price

Tries - Paul Lydster (2), Ratty (1), Stu Crawford (1)

Conversions None!!!!

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