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Verulamians clinch first win of season
12:48pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
Verulamians finally recorded their first win of the season in Herts/Middlesex One with a comprehensive 23-13 victory over Cheshunt.
The home side started well maintaining early possession and working their way up the field with some strong running from the forwards.
The Vees looked certain to open the scoring as the phases and pressure built, but when the ball was passed wide the lively Cheshunt centre latched on to a loose pass and ran the length of the field to score a converted try.
Centre Gareth Waters kicked over a penalty to keep Verulamians in touch.
Having swept down field the Vees looked certain to score a try but they were denied by a cynical penalty that killed any chance at quick ball. It ended with the Cheshunt flanker being sent to the sin bin and Waters’ penalty brought the hosts within a point.
Despite being frustrated by the visitors the Vees quickly took the lead with a stunning team score finished by Louie Maycock.
From the kick off fly half Tom Backman chipped ahead and a catch and reverse pass from Waters released the lively George Irwin. He was pulled down but full-back Andy Paton kept the play going.
Nick Woolley produced an impressive long pass to find the on rushing Maycock who scored in the corner. The hosts conceded a penalty which took the score to 11-10 and kept Cheshunt in the game with half-time approaching.
Verulamians opened up a solid lead as Paton scored under the posts. Waters' conversion gave them an 18-10 lead at the break.
Prop Sam Crowne was harshly yellow carded for a transgression in a maul at the start of the second half. A long-range penalty by Cheshunt kept them in touch.
Scrum half Ryan Taylor scored a third try for the Vees and put them in a commanding position with a ten point lead.
Cheshunt received a second yellow card late on but continued to battle their way back into the game. The match was wrapped up when prop Harry Mack turned the ball over deep in his own half sealing a hard fought and solid performance by the Vees.
The controlling nature of the win demonstrates the potential the side have to make a strong impression on the league, despite having struggled to find form in the opening games of the season.
Verulamians travel to Royston in their next outing this weekend.
Meanwhile the Seconds picked up a 29-19 win at Chess Valley after two tries apiece from Ashley Westhead and Elliot Atkinson.
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