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Spartans (Midlands)
A Garbett
T Hardy
T Hardy (2)
Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Spartans 13, Old Veseyans 10.


Done The Double

Spartans 13, Old Veseyans 10.

An almost spring day and a nearly large crowd welcomed both sides to Coppice Lane for the second meeting of the sides this season with Veseyans the in-form side, but Spartans ready to give it a go on the home turf.

The game began in a cagey manner as the sides sized each other up and both attacks probed the defences with honours pretty evenly split. Spartans launched a promising attack up the right and proved generous hosts as they served up an ideal interception for Veseyans to race in from seventy metres, but the conversion was missed and it was back to stalemate for a good while. Just as the scoreboard operator had gone for tea, Veseyans made good use of the advantage laws from a penalty and moved the ball wide and well to score in the corner, but again the kick failed and Spartans were still in touch. As the soft surface changed into a slippery one a scruffy contest began, but on the half hour the black backs scorched any remaining green grass and hit back with a fine try by Alex Garbett, well converted by Tom Hardy to leave a three point gap at half time.

The second half started where the first left off - a decent contest between the forwards and the backs offering each other admiring glances from behind the play. As the game ebbed and flowed the Men In Black shaded the battle for territory and Veseyans were forced to concede a penalty which Tom Hardy expertly bounced off the left post to level things. As the game intensified both sides turned to the bench as Veseyans looked to shore up the front row and Spartans were forced to shuffle a number of injured players. Both sides retreated to the trenches as the score stayed level, but the penalty count was starting to cost the Streetly side and from forty metres Tom Hardy this time split the uprights for his hundred per cent and Spartans were at last in front. More changes off the bench for both sides failed to change the nature of the game and the Men In Black just about managed to play in the right areas of the field to stay in control and claim a very ugly win.

Spartans finally get a well earned break on Saturday before the action resumes on Saturday 3rd March.

Key moments

Try Try for Veseyans
Try Try for Veseyans
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
Penalty Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
Penalty Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)


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70:00 Penalty 13 - 10
Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00 Sub On
John Lewis is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Penalty 10 - 10
Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Sub On
Dan Wayne is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
35:00 Try 5 - 10
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00 Try 0 - 10
Try for Veseyans
25:00 Sub On
Richard Greenhalgh is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
15:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Veseyans
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • Veseyans
  • 0
  • Try 15:00'
  • Richard Greenhalgh Sub On 25:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 35:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 36:00'
  • Dan Wayne Sub On 50:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Penalty 60:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Penalty 70:00'
  • John Lewis Sub On 70:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Sharpe, Jack Sharpe, Jack
Wayne, Tom Wayne, Tom
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Friend, Sam Friend, Sam
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Bates-Powell, Perry Bates-Powell, Perry
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Andrew
O'Donovan, Chris O'Donovan, Chris
Jones, Dale Jones, Dale
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 21 98
2. Crewe & Nantwich 22 80
3. Leek 21 69
4. Spartans (Midlands) 22 66
5. Ludlow 22 62
6. Veseyans 22 57
7. Walsall 22 53

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