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Westbury OS 0 - 50 Old Colstonians

Unbeaten League leaders Old-Colstonian’s travelled to Westbury-on-Severn on Saturday for their first fixture of 2017.

A relentless blend of youthful optimism and park one café’s full English breakfast’s saw them return safely with a bonus point win, stretching their league record to 12 games from 12, pulling a further 7 points ahead of the runners up.

Just minutes after Kick off, James Knightclub picked up a loose ball inside his own half and managed to navigate his way through the mass of finely tuned athletes and across the line. This proved to be the first of his two finishes. Fly half, Alex Haynes, looked to question the quality of his new boot manufacturer as his conversion attempt was sliced back towards South Gloucestershire. 

The early breakthrough proved to be a hindrance for the OC’s. The next 20 mins saw a frustrating display of simple handling errors and a lack of ability to string together more than two phases. A slight over indulgence during the Christmas break had perhaps led to a period of complacency. A few driving mauls from the home teams attacking lineout ended unsuccessfully with the away team breathing a heavy (particularly for some) sigh of relief.

Much to the disappointment of the half backs, Johnson and Haynes, the lack of attacking ball meant they were unable to illustrate their usually dynamic, athletic prowess. Eventually the OC’s were able to hold on to possession for more than two or three consecutive phases and went in under the posts twice before the end of the half. A frustrating 40 minute period had been salvaged from a rocky start. The away side were keen to embrace the second half after a completely un-rehearsed, coherent, profanity-free motivational speech from vice-captain Sam Sowden.

The second half saw a more confident style of play from the boys in blue and gold. A collective effort to retain possession, clear the bodies out the way and provide quick ball for the back line allowed the away team to begin to dominate the fixture. Experienced man in the centre Ant Stilwell cut a line off a ball from Haynes and charged through to score. Strong running from Wilson in the centre added to the effectiveness of this duo throughout the game as the Old Colstonian midfield provided more and more of a threat as the clock ticked on.
Captain and Gloucester 2’s freshest faced prop, Josh Grant, hauled himself over the line to ensure the team cemented their victory. Flanker Dan Exon added two try’s to his seasons tally and winger Isa also crossed the whitewash.

As Tim Farmer ran on to the field with all the grace and subtlety of a dump truck with two flat tyres, the victory was already secured. Despite his interesting physique, Farmer seamlessly glided for 50 metres and over the line. His ‘new year new me’ enthusiastic attitude spurred the team on to keep the pressure on for the final 20 minutes.

At the end of 80 minutes there were 8 Colston Try’s in total and 5 successful conversions from the fly half making it a 50 – 0 victory to the OC’s. The team would like to extend their thanks to the travelling away fans who made the arduous journey to Westbury-on-severn. Credit should also be given to the home team, who were unfortunate not to score in the first half and offered a competitive performance throughout. The boys turn their attention to their closest competitors, Old Elizabethan’s, next week. A strong home crowd is expected as the OC’s aim to make it 13 from 13.