Could have, Should have, but not quite!
By Steve Newman
Sunny day, warm weather & good rugby, what's not to like!
A lovely day for a good game of rugby, Cambridge 3rds on their own at home so we were honoured to play on their 1st team pitch.
Even during the warm-up Cambridge looked to be a team on a mission, and bearing little resemblance to the team Bury narrowly beat at home two weeks ago, the first 3 minutes looked ominous for Bury, Scoring fairly easily in the corner after the 3rd min the writing looked to be on the wall. That is without taking into account the resilience, stubbornness and flair that this Wolves team continue show every week no matter the mix of the team.
Found my notes, memory hazy so maybe a little off - anyway...........
They scored, missed the conversion, 5-0. We scored & converted 5-7, they were not happy! Back they came with another unconverted try 10-7, almost broke into a smile. We then kicked two penalties 10-13, much less happy than with the try! Then on the stroke of half-time they scored & converted, 19-13 but still a little grumpy, Bury still "playing out of their socks!"
17-13 half time
Second half - 12 mins of snoozing let Cambs score two, yep two converted tries, 31-13, there were now much happier! Then we scored 32-18, they went back to being grumpy! 5 minutes later they opted for and converted a penalty 34-18, still showing signs of being grumpy and a couple of their players chose to have 10 mins rest whilst the rest carried on! We then scored & converted 34-25, getting grumpier. They then turned their frown upside down with another converted try , 41-25, still not happy and many of them trying to get into the showers earlier than everyone else Bury kept going and on the stroke of full time went over for the final try of the day 41-30, and even that didn't manage to make them smile! Bury did, a very hard game played flat out by both teams, good to watch and always good to see how far as a squad they have come this season!
Many thanks to Ref Gareth Langley, who had a good game and will have lots of memories to keep him company on those dark nights of winter.
1 Tom Robinson, 2 Graham Bowie, 3 Haydn Morgan , 4 Sam Dean , 5 Ben Firbank , 6 Stephen Woollard ,7 Harvey Newman
8 Gideon, 9 Ryu Kawaguchi , 10 Stu Turner , 11 Joe May , 12 Jonno Stanhope-Smith , 13 Rob Duchesne , 14 Connor Roberts
15 Ben Hunt , 16 Tyrone Stow , 17 Tommy Waldock, 18 Joe Berry