4th Team Match Reports
Midsomer Norton IV 31 Vs 12 Castle Cary II
Last Saturday saw the fourth team play host to Castle Cary, both teams have been struggling for numbers this season but insisted on putting on a show none the less. Castle Cary bringing only 12 men Norton’s Nathan Beatie volunteered his services make the teams 13 a piece. The game started at frantic pace with Norton attacking well up the hill, gaining an early penalty which was converted by Captain Jon Parry. However the pace of the game took its toll on the Norton pack as Cary took full advantage of the hill, keeping the ball for long periods of play. A break from the Cary saw them cross the line first despite a great covering tackle from debutant Sam Emery. This proved to be a great opportunity for Norton to regroup as they quickly responded with great breaks from Scott Goddard and Ben Curtis. This had help Norton gain a scrum near the opposition try line where Centre Matt Mears found a way through and over the line under the posts, Parry added the 2 points.
By the second half with Norton now going down the hill Veteran Chris White showed hid quality when he broke off the back of a maul, falling just short of the line. However fly half and promising talent Andrew Best was on hand to score under the posts for a converted try. Norton were now in the ascendency and positive kicking game was now being well executed putting more pressure on the Cary defence. With Norton now firmly camped by the Cary line it was only matter of time before more points would be scored. The next came from Parry who took a chance on a quick penalty to crash over for a try in the corner, which he converted himself. This saw Cary come back hard and there good pressure was once more rewarded with another try but before any thoughts of a comeback were muttered, Norton reacted well to the kick off, and Lock Alex Davies pounced on a loose ball in the corner to gain 5 points for himself. Parry added the conversion. It was an unfortunate end to game when the ref sent centre Matt Mears to the sin bin for a technical offence, and rightly followed by Parry for losing his discipline when speaking to the young official. However The game was played in good spirits with the young players from both sides relishing in the open space and the relaxed atmosphere. Norton now face trip to Chard hoping to build on the performace from last week.