Neots struggle against Wigstonians in rain
Midlands 4E (S) St Neots 5-10 Wigstonians INJURED skipper Phill Fernie was left lamenting a series of handling errors in atrocious weather conditions following Neots narrow defeat. Fernie said: It was nigh on impossible to stand and watch in that weather
Midlands 4E (S)
St Neots 5-10 Wigstonians
INJURED skipper Phill Fernie was left lamenting a series of handling errors in atrocious weather conditions following Neots narrow defeat.
Fernie said: "It was nigh on impossible to stand and watch in that weather, never mind play. With the referee allowing nothing for the conditions it was a real stop and start game, but the guys certainly deserved something from the day."
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With Ross Wooding returning at scrum-half and Adam Porter back in the number 10 shirt, Neots were hopeful of getting a result from the match.
Visitors Wigstonians were the first to put points on the board, when the Saints defence were slow to cover a visiting forward, who crashed through to score out wide after 20 minutes. More points were added with the successful conversion as the weather conditions deteriorated.
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Saints pressed hard to restore parity but whenever a break looked possible the referee found a reason to halt play leaving players of both sides at times bemused and frustrated.
The second half started with conditions near impossible but the home side finally got some reward when Sam Peel scored. Peel split the defence with a characteristic run and crossed near the corner, but Louis Hall's conversion attempt from distance was unsuccessful.
Saints continued to press but fell foul of the referee once too often and Wigstonians kicked a penalty to open up a five-point gap, leaving Neots with too much to do in the driving rain.