Aldridge lost out in high scoring affair
By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, December 14, 2012, 09:20
ALDRIDGE 18 RUGELEY 25
IT was a disappointing weekend all round as Aldridge lost out in a must win match.
The visitors, league leaders Rugeley, had much the better of the first-half and only sporadically did Aldridge gain parity.
This gave the visitors space and time and they had the pace to exploit this to maximum advantage from deep positions.
In the first-half, full-back Mat Woolerscroft and centre Jordan Wood crossed with plenty of room to spare.
A conversion and a penalty from Wood gave them a 15-3 lead at the interval – a penalty from scrum-half Chris Jones registering the Aldridge contribution
Aldridge had more of the game in the second-half.
Their forwards at last began to gain some momentum in the game.
A typical driving effort from Chris Jones got him over between the posts and with the conversion they were back within striking distance but almost immediately, on the rebound, this was nullified with a Rugeley push-over try, awarded to number eight Mitchell Everall.
The home side responded again.
The forwards gained the territory and flanker Richard Tipton, who had livened things up when coming on as substitute, produced a determined run which took him over near the posts.
A Jones penalty took Aldridge to within two points and gave good cause for optimism.
However, with little time left and in trying to force the result, Aldridge were again exposed to the opposition counter and right at the end, prop Martin Bentley finished off a scramble on the home side's try line, touching down mid-way out.