On another sunny September afternoon, and after a tremendous win last time out against Sutton Coldfield, a much changed Cavs side descended on the cow patch with a side consisting of many young colts who were making debuts, along with a few senior regulars. Alas the young charges could not match the more experienced visitors, final score Cavs 7 – Newbold 2’s 40.
With the 1s playing against the arch enemy Leamington for the first time in a while, during the warm up it seemed that minds were half a mile up Glasshouse Lane rather than on the pitch. But a dominant start to the game seemed to dispel that myth as the kick off was chased, turned over, and only two sets of good tackles stopped the man of the match Adam Turner from scoring from one of his mazy runs. Then, from the resulting open play and completely against the run of play, a Newbold break through the centres ended up with a try underneath our posts.
This seemed to galvanise the Cavs who flew up at the Newbold forwards from the kick off and having turned the ball over, went through the phases until good forward play led to Rob Maisey going over in the corner, with Prinny knocking over the conversion. Unfortunately that was as good as it got in the first half as Newbold continued to take advantage of poor tackling and lack of concentration around the break down, running in several tries.
The 2nd half was a better performance than the first, but injuries and more tackling issues left the final score at 7-40 to Newbold; a score that could have been a whole lot worse.
A bad day at the office, but valuable experience to the new guys, particularly Lloyd and Jack who put in good shifts. Now comes the enviable task of beating Sutton twice in three weeks in the first round of the cup – hopefully with another positive outcome!