Sat 31
1st XV
Meden Vale


By Iain Balmer
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As Retford and Medan Vale sides were busy with their respective warm-ups at 2.00 pm

The Heavens opened and poured down upon all with a mighty clap of thunder as if the elements themselves were welcoming back an old player, new Head Coach, Garry Woodcock to a ground he is very familiar with.
One of his young Colts from 10 years ago, Mikey Phillips, was Captain for the day, he started well by winning the toss and decided to play against the considerable elements.
After 10 mins, Retford broke right down the short side and gave the baby of the team, Luke Osborne, a yard of space, he took off and burnt a trail to the right hand corner leaving 3 defenders eating grass behind him.
On 20 mins, new boy, Greg Woods, fresh from a man of the match performance last week with 4 tries away from home, took a pass from 20 metres and glided between the opposition centres to touch down, untouched by human hands.
We got to the relief half time 13-12 down, as MV scored a converted try and 2 penalties.
On 50 mins the Head Coach took matters into his own hands and barged over with a typical bullocking run from all of 5 metres out, this try was to prove to be the catalyst for change, as the team rallied round and upped their game collectively.
Retford's defence held firm as time and time again the heavier MV side were knocked back and mainly limited to their own half of the field for the last 30 mins, they were a strong scrummaging outfit who gave us many problems and food for thought on the training park.
Greg's second and best try came in the 70th minute when receiving an inside pass from 50 metres out, broke the gainline, cut right and won the footrace against a quick MV full back.
Third try was set up by Greg's out half, Luke Borton, whose quick hands and short pass sent Greg straight under the posts from 30 metres out on
75 minutes.
Other scorers for Retford, Ryan Mellins a conversion, Simon Palmer 2 conversions and James Wright a penalty.
Selecting man of the match was difficult given the Head Coach's try scoring return and most carries of any forward on the park, but Greg Woods 3 tries are undeniable and he wins for the second week running, tremendous start.
Next week in line with the Head Coach's ambitions ( the Treble is on) we welcome, Matlock, from Midlands 2 East (North) to our ground, we aim to give them a decent run for their money and send them homewards to think again.
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Sat 31, Aug 2019