St Francis 1st XV finally got back to their winning ways this past weekend with a confident 26-0 win over Newick. Having lost their two previous encounters, in both a friendly and away league fixture, the Saints were determined to get it right this time.
The Saints started off with an incredible try when fly half Goodayle shipped the ball out wide to full back Poole who then raced up the pitch to dot down between the posts. Goodayle supplied the conversion giving the Saints the lead in the very early stages of the game.
A further try from Bruce gave the Saints a even stronger lead but they had to work hard after Newick kept up a relentless physical attack.
One of the Saint’s strengths was their defence which proved impentrable to the vistors as they gradually got worn out without being able to score a single point in the first half.
This continued into the second half where the backs began to open up even more as two masterful tries were orchestrated by man of the match Goodayle whom set up Poole with a perfect crossfield kick and later Aydin with a well worked backs move.
Leading the defence the likes of Norrie and Morrissey were a nuisance putting in a solid defensive effort all over the pitch.
Next week the 1st XV face Pulborough in their Cup quarter final whilst the 2nd XV travel to Lewes for their Salver Cup Final.
Scorers: Poole (2) / Bruce / Aydin
Team: Peacocke / Perry / Sparkes / Norrie / Devlin / Vearney / Lampclough (C) / Morrissey / Searle / Goodayle / Bruce / Schultz / Minnis / Poole / Aydin