Sarries 3rds had a tough fixture ahead of them against Longlevens 2nds in their second Merit Table fixture. Longlevens immediately came out of the blocks applying pressure to the Sarries’ defence from the off. Through a vigorous piece of defending, the ball was turned over and handed to Crisp who kicked into the opponents half thus relieving the pressure. This is where the Sarries would stay for a majority of the first half with searching runs from Crisp, Betteridge and White. Even when possession was with Longlevens, supreme defence kept the opposition in their own half. When the whistle blew for half-time, the score was all even at 0-0.
Within two minutes of the restart Sarries were awarded a penalty just outside the 22 which was perfectly kicked to give the home team a 3-0 advantage. Longlevens took the restart and immediately turned the ball over, shipping it to their large and fast number 13 who skirted his way around the outside for a try. This was quickly followed by another converted try by the away team and, within five minutes, another. Sarries were down 17-3 but dug deep giving 110% effort defending with passion and courage. Eventually, the fitness of the opposition came through and a further two tries were added five minutes from the final whistle.
The final score of 3-27 to Longlevens did not reflect how close the game was and the herculean effort that was given by all of the Sarries. Accolades go to all of the team for an outstanding performance with a special mention to stand-in captain Francis who controlled the Sarries game. However, writers MOM must go to someone who, although was only going to play the first half, soldiered on well into the second half with huge defensive hits and ground making attacks; Betsy.