Match Report
Gresham's School Boys-U15A vs  Wymondham College
On: Saturday, 03 Nov 2018
Venue: at Home

A tough report to write and one I'm not looking forward to as we lost the game 15 points to 7.

Having beaten Wymondham 31 - 0 earlier in the season we knew that this game was ours for the taking. Wymondham came out of the blocks strongly in the first 10 minutes and we struggled to defend our own ball losing out in the rucks and malls to a big Wymondham pack who were up for the fight. We showed signs of our former selves on occasion in the first half but all too often we gave the ball away at the breakdown. The forwards struggled to keep the ball and the backs looked apprehensive and shaky in the attack. Strong running from a couple of big Wymondham players eventually took its toll and five minutes before halftime we went down 5 - 0. Gresham's responded well and leveled the game with a well worked try just before the half-time whistle. Alex Cleybourne added the two to give us a slender 7 - 5 lead at the break.

Gresham's showed signs of encouragement in the second half and we began to carry the ball well in the first 10 minutes. However, a combination of dropped ball in the tackle, knock-ons and poor decision making cost us as the Wymondham boys grew in confidence and eventually crossed our try line to lead 15 points to 7 with 10 minutes to go with their strong running and our poor tackling. We had a chance to cut the lead with a few minutes to go but avid tackling from the Wymondham boys thwarted another Gresham's attack.

Nothing we tried went our way today and it was a performance to forget. Although to be fair, we were outgunned in most departments by a good team and all credit to the Wymondham boys who, despite losing 31 - 0 earlier in the season came out fighting and showed exceptional character. However, we only have ourselves to blame and must take a deep look at our own performance in a number of ways.

Man of the match must go to the very young referee who, at 16 years old, showed superb control throughout, excellent knowledge of the game and an ability to govern the game with skill and empathy for boys not much younger than he was. Well done ref and we look forward to seeing you in the future on the Twickenham turf.

Summary - A very disappointing day and one that will continue to hurt for a long time. However, as they say, a man learns more about himself in defeat than from victory! Well done Wymondham and good luck in the next round of the cup.

Heads up Gresham's - Cladem per nos adepto fortior.

Mr Lowe.