After 4 weeks of the pitch being waterlogged, it was pleasing for Wyvern to welcome Bristol Barbarians to Mountfields Road. With Bristol at 4 in the league and Wyvern at 12 this was always going to be a hard match for the home side, but Wyvern were fully committed against the visitors, showing strength in defense and the set piece.
However the dominant Bristol backs took their chances when they came, running in 3 good tries in the first half in addition to a their forwards grinding out a proper forwards try. A drop goal by Fly Half Tom Stanley was Wyvern’s only response.
The second half was more of the same, though Wyvern showed more flair with the ball. They were rewarded with a try by wing Billy Vernon, converted by Stanley. But it was Bristol who maintained the pressure and finished up with two late tries as Wyvern legs grew tired. While Bristol were the better of the two sides and deserved the win, the 45-10 final scoreline was slightly flattering and did not represent the 100% effort of all the Wyvern players throughout.
Yeovil 2nds 17 – 12 Wyvern 2nds
Wyvern 2nds travelled across to Yeovil for their first fixture of the new year and it was clear on arrival that the conditions would play a big part in the game with strong winds, driving rain and the odd bit of hail.
Wyvern started the better team, looking dominant up front but Yeovil took the lead from a penalty. Soon after Matt Shane had the chance to level the score but the kick hit the post but the ball bounced kindly for Wyvern and from the next phase Owen Rickard broke through from 10m out. Matt Shane added the extras.
For the remainder of the half Wyvern were in control, the only time Yeovil managed to get into the Wyvern half was through the boot, but man of the match Paul Wilson was returning every kick with interest. The next try came through the pack, when unlucky not to be awarded a push over try due to a bizarre decision, another penalty was awarded and with the scrum totally dominant it was again opted for and again the Yeovil pack were shoved over the line, with Ben Warwicker touching down but it must be said it was a pack try.
Wyvern led at half time 12-3 and were in complete control but the conditions favoured Yeovil in the 2nd period. Yeovil’s intension was clear in the 2nd half, which was to use their big pack to crash the ball up, managing to break through the Wyvern defence for a converted try. Straight from the kick off Yeovil played the same game, gaining territory through their pack. Wyverns defence however was excellent until Yeovil breached the line 5 minutes to go, which was again converted to make the score 17-12 which it stayed until full time.
Wyvern gave a great account of themselves against a team that beat them by 80 points earlier on in the season and haven’t lost all season and certainly walked away disappointed but in the conditions it was a great performance by the 2nds. Full back Paul Wilson was awarded man of the match, for his ability to control and run the ball back at Yeovil in horrid conditions.