6th April - Two cracking matches + Ladies Day report

April 6th - Ladies Day and two Match Reports:

Firstly on behalf of Old Elizabethans a big thank you to everyone that helped in the organisation of Ladies Day but also to those 6 or 7 of us that got down to the club on Thursday night to fix the 1st XV Posts that had snapped and blown down in recent winds!
Also a very big thank you to Robin Cherry for helping with retrieving of balls from the ditch, the hedge and the next door football pitch. This is a really important job so thanks Robin.
So Ladies Day saw a great turn out of beauties, male and female but mainly female! There was a huge crowd boosted by both the fact that there were two home games this season and the fact that Cheltenham North brought with them a good number of supporters. The fact that the bar and the BBQ sold out a few times was testament to what was a fantastic day.

Saturday April 6th 2019:
Old Elizabethans 2nd XV at home to Wotton-Under-Edge

The 2nd XV Squad:
Blake Knowlson (Capt), Ellis Simin, Jack Forrester, Tom Whitehouse, Will Appleton, Max Carpenter, Henry Edwards, Leo De Carlo, Oli Adams, Teddy Bristow, Ollie Cherry, Tom Elstob, Charlie Balfour, Tom Holliday, Gwilym Watkins, Max Widmer, Callum Gibbons, Tomos Morgan, Lucas Sadler, Tom Winwood, Henry Cheek, Charlie Crumblehom, Marcus Boxalle + a few others…

Match Report
Wotton-Under-Edge arrived with 10 players so it was great that Old Es had sufficient players to give them 5 and make a 15 aside game still. A big thanks to all those who played their part by spending some time playing for W-u-E. It was great to see the QEH players, Henry, Charlie, Marcus and Lucas playing, all had a fine game and in fact it was only 5 minutes into the game when scrum half Lucas Sadler opened the scoring with a fine effort. Max Carpenter was once again running round like a headless chicken putting in some crunching tackles (he is needed in the 1st XV I think!).

Then another of the QEH lads, Marcus Boxall scored a great try, before Teddy Bristow lit up the afternoon with a great solo effort and try and conversion (17-0).
Tom Whitehouse a great presence for both Old Es and W-u-E scored the fourth try for Old Es and conversion to make it (24-0).

The try of the afternoon though, came from my fellow second row partner of old making his comeback and looking great, Dan Werz burst through the defence and went over under the posts (29-0).
Just before half time W-u-E got back into the game with a fine try supplied by Tom Whitehouse (scored for both teams!), (29-7).
The Second half was a little more interesting in as much as it was more level with W-u-E playing some good rugby and Will Appleton scored an early second half try and conversion to bring the score back to (29-12).
However Es got under way in the second half when Es had a guest appearance from Will Mortimore who stole through to score a try (34-12).
Jay playing his first game (normally plays with a round ball –Basketball!) was starting to get stuck in with some good runs. Then the Old Es Pin Up player of Henry Cheek scored a superb try, followed by another by Teddy Bristow, before W-u-E scored two late consolation tries both through Max Carpenter to make the final score (46-24).
A really entertaining game so well done to everyone involved and hope it’s not too long before we see you all back in an Old Es’ shirt.
Man of the Match: Oli Adams


Saturday April 6th 2019:
Old Elizabethans 1st XV at home to Cheltenham North

The 1st XV Squad:
Greg Foord, James Davis, Alex Matthews, Will Patterson, Dom Horn, Matt Bailey, Yannick Underwood, Will Tobin, Will Mortimore, Dom Swann, Peter Foley, James Halpin, Jacob Rawlinson, Tom Jenner, Matt Carr, Sam Collins, Greg Morning, Lloyd Robling.

Match Report
It was a hot afternoon and Es would need all their dreams to come true to turn other promotion pushing Cheltenham North, but got off to a flying start with a great combination between Tom Jenner and Yannick Underwood before Yannick chipped the ball forward and Tom ran through to score his debut try for the club, conversion by Dom Swann (7-0).
It wasn’t long though before Cheltenham North got into the game and with a great break down the wing scored a hotly disputed try in the corner. The linesman was consulted by the referee but the linesman stood firm despite abuse from the Old Es' team and the try was awarded “maybe the referee should have gone to Specsavers” but the linesman got this decision 100% correct! (7-5)
The pressure from CN then mounted and they scored four more tries in quick succession with Es seemingly unable to cope with the 6ft 6 inch centre (man mountain) bursting through the centre and the score at half time stood at (7-29).

Es' scrum was struggling once again to win clean ball and many first time tackles were missed. Es were being sucked into having 2 or 3 players make a tackle which inevitably was giving CN a lot of space and it wasn’t long before they scored a further try and conversion (7-36). This was followed by another try not converted to take their lead to (7-41).
Many spectators were saying that this was the best side we had played all season. However, in the last quarter of the game Es somehow seemed to tap into their reserves had the better of this 20 minute spell resulting in a try from Man of the Match Will Patterson, converted by Dom Swann and the whistle went with the final score at (14-41).


Malcolm Davies