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Huge first game win for Westbury RFC

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 9:53 am.

WESTBURY RFC men’s team, in their new shirts, got off to an impressive first win of the season, showing their sponsors just what they are made of. 

The team welcomed their new shirts from sponsors Alex Brown, Aaron Vaughan, James Catley Day and Daniel Gould, and won a 48-0 victory over Colerne at their home ground, Knott Field. 

The first scores came inside 10 minutes with two tries from Paul Clark with Aaron Vaughan sinking the ball between the posts for two conversions. 

Making brilliant ground, Tom Redman scored again but with a conversion missed. The score was 19-0 at half time with Westbury men keeping Colerne away from the try line. 

Dan Heatley made an early break and scored, with the conversion kicked again by Aaron Vaughan, that then led to two more quick tries from winger Jamie Dickson. 

Holding great defence, Logan Smith made a break and scored with yet another conversion. With five minutes left on the clock, Dan Heatley made another great break, passed to team mate Lee McClurg, making the final score 48-0 to the home side. 

The team are looking forward to their next fixture away to Melksham 2nds. 

Westbury RFC clubs prepare for the season with pre-season wins

WESTBURY Rugby Club kicked off their season with a family fun day that saw the men and ladies each take to the field for a pre-season friendly, both taking away deserved wins. 

Knott Field was buzzing with activity as bouncy castles, trampolines, face painters and cake stands supported the club’s first friendly games of the 2018/19 season, that saw the men take on Stothert and Pitt and the ladies take on Amesbury. 

Saturday 1st September

Westbury Ladies  v Amesbury Ladies

Westbury 22 – 0 Amesbury

The ladies took to the pitch first against a newly-developed Amesbury Ladies side, coming away with four tries and a clean sheet. 

Becs Lamb, secretary for Westbury Ladies reports, “After a testing pre-season, the squad were looking forward to getting back into their stride in this pre-season friendly ahead of the league beginning in a couple of weeks.

“The away side kicked off and the ball was secured well by the Westbury pack who put some good phases together to move the ball into the Amesbury half. This was where the play would remain for the next 10 minutes as Westbury continued their attack. Wing Katie Vaughan was first over the line, but unfortunately couldn’t get the ball to ground.

“The ladies came close to breaking through a few further times, but unfortunately the last passes weren’t quite going to hand. From a resulting scrum, back row convert Sasha Smith picked up from the base and her speed saw her over the line for the first score of the afternoon. Converted by Becs Lamb 7-0.

“There was much of the same from the home side from the resulting kick off, with promise being shown from the squad as a whole as players were interchanged on and off the pitch to ensure game time for everyone. 

“Amesbury were defending well, but gaps were beginning to open up in their back line, one of which was picked up by fly-half Becs Lamb who crossed for Westbury’s second try. Conversion missed 12-0.

“It wasn’t too long before the back line got the ball back into the hands of Katie Vaughan though, who wasn’t to be stopped a second time, and crashed over in the corner 17-0. This was how the half finished.

“After a few more changes to the line up, Westbury kicked off uphill for the second half and set about putting their defensive set to practice as Amesbury went on the attack. It was an impressive display by the ladies as a team, with Chantelle Rugman covering well at full back.

“It wasn’t long before Westbury were on the attack again with the forwards and backs working well together. Westbury debutant Laura Hewett cutting into the back line to cross for her first try for the club. Conversion missed 22-0.

“ From the resulting kick off, the ball was gathered by Wendy Baker-Mitchell who went on a trademark run. Unfortunately, there was an injury to one of the Amesbury ladies from the resulting breakdown, which saw the match come to an early end. We wish her a speedy recovery in time for the start of the season.

“It was an excellent squad effort from the home side who, by the end of the game, had blown out the summer’s cobwebs. With new players joining the squad over the summer and girls trialling out new positions, it is an exciting time all round. There are a few weeks of tough training now ahead of their first league fixture away to Thornbury on Sunday 16th September.”

Saturday 1st September 

Westbury Rugby Club v Stothert & Pitt 2nds 

Westbury 27 –

26 Stothert & Pitt 

The men’s team, following the slight delay due to an injury in the ladies’ game, kicked off their season debut.

Paul Couzens of Westbury RFC reports, “Westbury opened their season with a friendly match against the Bath team of Stothert & Pitt and were soon given a shock as Stothert ran in 3 tries within the first 20 minutes.  The home side, finding themselves 21 points down, Westbury struggled to deal with the slick passing and pace of the visitors.

“This forced Westbury to dig deep and re-evaluate their game plan.  The White Horse men at last found their strength and started to dominate in the forwards and with great pressure on the Stothert pack managed to force hooker, Jack Bates, over the try line.  Again with massive pressure on the opposition scrum, Westbury scored a penalty try followed shortly by number 8, Mark Catley-Day, scoring a typical forwards try by barging over the try line.  Stothert replied with a try just before half time. This made the score 17 – 26 to the visitors. 

“The second half saw both sides evenly matched until Westbury’s Dan Heatley crashed over for a converted try. With the score at 24 – 26 with minutes to go, Westbury captain, Aaron Vaughan, kicked to take the lead with a penalty. The score standing at 27 – 26, Westbury were then guilty of celebrating a win before the final whistle. Subsequently Stothert were gifted a penalty, which fortunately for the home team, the kicker just missed and a much-relieved Westbury cleared the ball away to touch to win an enthralling and entertaining match.”

If you would like to join either the men’s or the ladies’ team, the ladies train on a Wednesday and every other Monday from 7pm and the men train on a Thursday night at Knott Field from 7pm. You can email westburyladiesrfc @hotmail.com for more information or search for Westbury RFC or Westbury RFC Ladies on Facebook. 

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