Martin Prossers second XV started their merit league against formidable opponents lydney. The game started with Sarries going up the hill, dominating the set piece plays and making ground only for mistakes occurring to allow Lydney to clear and gain territory. Lydney were trying everything to break the Sarries defence but struggled to get through. Eventually the Sarries mistakes proved costly as turnovers and silly infringements allowed Lydney to go over for 3 tries before half-time. 19-0.
The second half couldn’t have started worse for Sarries, literally straight from the kick off, Lydney worked the ball wide and their speedy backs were through to score. A big turning point was however the set piece as Lydneys loose head went off injured and they went uncontested for the remainder of the game.
This allowed their young back row more freedom as the pressure on their own ball at scrums was released, so they could run at our backs. Sarries defended stoutly and manfully but lack of fitness and unfamiliarity let Lydney cut loose and score some well worked tries. Sarries were undaunted and made it a mission to register a try on the scoreboard. This eventually came as the backs clicked from another lineout turnover by the forwards and was fed across for Tim perks to draw the man and give the scoring pass to young Connor Anderson.
A very sobering first game in merit league 1 against a side with players pushing for a place in a national league squad. The Sarries have now seen the standard they are going to have to aspire to. To remain competitive in this very tough league can only be achieved by training together as a squad as much as possible.
Writers MOM was quite difficult as all players tried their utmost throughout the game despite the scoreline. Special mention to Richie Coleman filling in despite having just returned from an operation and new player John Crowford, but in my opinion it goes to Kristian Williams who was powerful going forward, strong in defence, and led the side after Martin Prossers injury, keeping the side motivated despite the scoreline.
Final Score Saracens 2’s – 5, Lydney 2’s – 65