The Lions Continue Their Winning Ways
After last week’s pulsating match in the victory over Maidstone,the Lions won this match but did not reach the same intensity in performance.
It was a lovely day and perhaps the sight of the sun after the dreadful weather we have suffered during the Winter had a relaxing effect on the players .
There was some good play by the side in the first half and importantly, Connor Moss gave by far his best place-kicking performance of the Season and kicked two penalties to steady the side and to give a basis on which to build . The pack gave a good performance in the set scrums , and again gained some good possession against a bigger pack . Most of the possession in the line-outs in the early contests was good, with quite accurate throwing – in and clean catching by Wade Roberts and John Harrington .
Colfeians kicked a penalty given for a high tackle, and also gave some good defence as the attacks from the Lions increased , especially with strong penetration in the centre . Eventually, Luke Armstrong scored a good try , which was converted by Moss .
The score at Half-time was 13 – 3 to the Home side .
The Coach rotated forward players , which did disrupt the smooth line-outs in some cases and not all the throw-ins were reaching their target . However, the loose scrums maintained the pressure on the Visitors but they defended well for the most part and indeed put the Lions defence under severe pressure . The Lions defence held and gradually weaknesses were detected in the opposition’s back line . Several good attacks came close but were spoiled by wayward final passes and catching, which was very frustrating for the spectators .
Wade Roberts was playing well and made a strong thrust for the line with a good chance for a try when he turned his ankle while attempting a ‘side-step’ and had to retire injured .
However, Connor Moss, having kicked another penalty, made a fine break 30 metres out from the tryline and ‘drifted on’ through for an excellent try . He duly converted it .
Thus The Lions continued their good victories but the side knows that on this occasion that they could have done even better . There is more to do !
The Old Colfeians were made welcome for the first time at ‘The Seaside’ and we look forward to seeing them next season .
Reporter David Storrie