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Verulamians are yet to taste victory in Herts/Middlesex 1 after losing 25-5 to Barnet Elizabethans
12:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Local Sport
Verulamians are yet to taste victory in Herts/Middlesex 1 after their second game of the campaign ended in a heavy 25-5 defeat to Barnet Elizabethans.
The controlling nature of the Barnet pack led to the first score as they turned over the ball from a Vees scrum deep in the home side’s 22 and scored in the corner to take a 7-0 lead.
Verulamians responded well with some strong tackling and good broken field running but failed to convert any of their chances.
The failure to secure possession hurt the Vees as Barnet soon extended their lead with a penalty and looked to build further as their forwards began to run hard at the line.
But as the pressure mounted Verulamians stepped up the defence and repelled several waves of attack with some ferocious tackling.
Massive hits from lock Mike Ainsworth, flanker Sam Townsend and scrum-half Jack Ansell knocked Barnet back time and again to prevent any further score before half time.
The hosts looked to step up their performance in the second period but small errors proved costly and Barnet kicked a successful penalty.
But Verulamians responded and, from a lineout, Daniel Barnes barged his way towards the line before showing an impressive reach to touch down. At 13-5 there was hope a fight back would ensue. However, Barnet responded ruthlessly.
Having absorbed the pressure for much of the second half, they scored two late tries to confirm their victory – one from a driving maul and another from a well-worked move out wide.
The Vees did have something to celebrate as the Second XV put in an impressive away performance as they beat UCS Old Boys 27-21.