After a bonus point win last week the Bury Foxes headed to Wymondham full of hope…. and anxiety. The Wymondham Wasps have always held a higher league position over the Foxes (until this year!) and the Foxes were longing for their first win over the Wasps! Unfortunately these nerves and individual pressures showed, conceding nineteen points within the first ten minutes.
The Foxes showed their determination to stay in the game, competing well in the line outs and scrums, with a number of well-worked turn overs in the rucks by both forwards and backs alike. A big shout out must go to Chantelle Higgins, EJ Stearn and Florence Webb for their efforts in these areas.
After repetitive penalties against Wymondham for high tackles, a yellow card was awarded to their inside centre. This created space for Em Gattlin, Stephanie Durrant and Lucy Kerr to attack the space, linking lovely to score in the corner. 19 – 5.
Wymondham continued to play outside the rules of the game and as a result received a second yellow card. However, the Foxes made hard work of the opportunities they were presented with, making questionable penalty decisions which did not support an attacking game plan. Despite this, the Foxes defensive work prevented any further scores within the first half, bringing it in at 19 – 5.
After a team talk and some fresh legs the Foxes gave the Wasps a taste of their own medicine, scoring within the opening nine minutes. Space created by EJ for Lucy to use her legs and run half the pitch to score. 19 – 10.
A number of injuries and exhaustion due to the hard ground and hot weather meant the Foxes saw a number of changes. Although players were playing out of position, no one could knock the effort each and every single player gave to the team. But on this occasion, it was not quite enough and Wymondham had the final say, bringing the game to a close 26 – 10.
Forward of the match goes to Florence Webb
Back of the match goes to Emma Gattlin
A special mention to Melena Smith for her hard work throughout the game and first game of many with the foxes.