A good effort from the Wyvern 2nds and friends, but it just wasn’t to be. Two tries and a conversion in the first 10 minutes put Wyvern on the back foot. The tries continued from a strong Crewkerne. The points nearly came when Scrum-half Matt Shane charged down a kick in the 30th minute but the ball went dead. The score at half time 26-0.
In the 46th minute a great little run and weave from flanker Jay Courtney saw a try under the posts ably converted by Hooker Lewis Tunnicliffe for Wyvern’s first points of the game. Some good ball handling saw Dan Abercrombie with the second try of the day unfortunately the conversion missed. The score now standing at 26-12. Errors in Wyvern’s 22 saw the Crewkerne score creep to 33 v 12. A driving scrum from Crewkerne after 74 minutes saw another try, conversion missed. This was quickly retorted by a lovely try from Dan Abercrombie, conversion missed. A last minute Crewkerne try and conversion saw the game end 45 v 17.
Some notable performances from Jay Courtney, Dan Abercrombie and Andy Perrin as well as some big hits from Ivan White see the 2nds end their first season in 4th place of Somerset South 3, bang in the middle of the league. Thanks to all those that put on a Wyvern shirt today and onwards and upwards to the 2016/ 2017 season.
While Wyvern 2nds had the better of North Petherton 3rds, it was by virtue of the cancelled 1st XV match which allowed several regulars to guest in the lower league.
Sadly the match was one of handling errors and missed passes, resulting in a thoroughly frustrating afternoon for players and spectators alike.
Wyvern did make good use of early possession and controlled most of the first half. The backrow provided the tries with flankers, Connor Crampton and Jay Courtney, and Number 8, Ben Warwicker. Surprise kicker Ben Warwicker demonstrated excellent skills as he slotted all 3 kicks. Pethy responded with one try, but were never really in the half.
After the turnaround Petherton gave what was one of the best passages of play from either side, with passing, supporting and good lines leading to another unconverted try. Another Pethy try would follow before Warwicker addressed the flow with a quick penalty from 10 metres before crashing over the line. Warwicker then maintained his 100% kicking for the afternoon.
The final 15 minutes was a miserable affair that never excited and only exasperated. It was a welcome release when the final whistle came and the match concluded 15-28 in favour of the Wyvern.
One match to go, away at Crewkerne 2nds, to conclude Wyvern 2nds first season.