AFTER a month’s break in the league due to the weather Old Salts were raring to go in their clash against Stafford.
As the game kicked off though neither team showed dominance on a slippy pitch and Salts struggled to take a hold on their opposition.
But as the home side’s confidence grew, some neat moves came from both the backs and forwards. Although Salts won a lot of the ball and were turning over their opposition, errors were halting their opportunity to score.
This led to Stafford breaking the deadlock after a period of pressure close to the Salts 5m line, resulting in a converted try.
Salts were not daunted and continued to press forward, forcing a penalty for holding on, which James Mason duly converted to open the Salts account. But, despite the dominance of the Salts forwards and backs, the score remained at 3-7 at half time.
The team talk was effective and within minutes of the restart Dan Fentham peeled off the back of the scrum, resulting in a quick one-two-three between Chris Davies and Duncan Taylor, which allowed Davies to catch the opposition napping and score under the posts.
Salts consistent pressure paid off as Stafford starting to make mistakes. Salts were awarded a penalty for one of these, which was scored by Mason to widen the difference.
Most of the half was spent in Stafford’s territory and it was only a matter of time before Tom Lee was finally able to capitalise on his speed to cross the line unopposed.