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A brave display from Watford doesn't prevent a 42-22 defeat to Old Walcountians in Junior Vase
10:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
Watford produced a gutsy display against opposition three divisions higher than them on Saturday but came up short, losing 42-22 to Old Walcountians in the Junior Vase.
Watford’s pack were in fine fettle early on and Paul Dunlop opened his account for the afternoon with a well struck effort from a penalty.
Despite Watford’s complete dominance up front, the Walcountians back line had a clear edge and used this to score the afternoon’s first try.
Rather than letting their heads drop, Watford showed a renewed determination and tore into their opponents.
Strong ball carrying allied with ferocious rucking brought Watford a penalty five metres out and Walcountians had a man sent to the bin for killing the ball.
Martin Lee barrelled through from the subsequent tap to put the away side 8-5 in front.
The conversion was narrowly missed and the remainder of the half was played out in Walcountians territory with Watford unlucky not to extend their score further.
The second half began in a similar vein to the first. Watford were in complete control up front but looked vulnerable against the pacey Walcountians back line.
The away side were guilty of killing the ball at the breakdown following a Walcountians break, and the scores were levelled at 8-8 from the resulting penalty.
Unfortunately, a poor 15 minute period was to decide Watford’s fate as a string of injuries, followed by Tom Kiely being sent to the sin bin for killing the ball, gave the home side the opportunity they needed.
Walcountians used the spare man to their advantage and ran in five scores in 20 minutes to effectively kill the game.
With Kiely back on the field, Watford showed great heart to go back on the attack and a mighty effort from their number eight earned a penalty try when the set piece was collapsed on the line.
Dunlop added the extras and Watford were soon on the attack again as clean line-out ball was secured in the opposition’s 22, and the visitors showed great control to maul their way over the line.
Dunlop ensured the afternoon finished on a high with a fine touchline conversion.
l Fullerians Under-13s and Under-17s were rewarded for their successes last season with a medal presentation at Wembley last Friday before Saracens’ Heineken Cup match against Toulouse.
Former Fullerians player and now Saracens flanker Will Fraser handed out the silverware to the Fullers youngsters in Club Wembley before the big match at the 90,000 seater home of English football.
The Under-13 A and B teams won their Herts & Middlesex Leagues as well as the County Shield and were runners-up in the County Plate.
The Under-17s meanwhile were crowned Division One champions.
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