Gallimore laments 'Jekyll and Hyde' Bassett
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
ROYAL Wootton Bassett captain Tim Gallimore reflected on a “Jekyll and Hyde” performance after his side were beaten 40-19 at home by Stow on the Wold in Southern Counties North.
Having kept themselves within five points of Stow at half-time, Bassett lost their structure late in the second and ended up on the end of a 21-point defeat.
Gallimore said: "It was a real Jekyll and Hyde performance from us on Saturday. With the ball in hand we looked dangerous and should have added to the three tries we scored but without the ball we didn't defend well enough and conceded some soft tries.
“We have to be harder to score against so we'll look at the video this week and have an honesty session because we are falling off too many tackles and in fairness to Stow when they got behind us they made it count.
“It’s really frustrating because our attacking game has been improving week on week but defensively we’ve not moved forward and it’s costing us.”
The home side got off to the perfect start, with young centre Tucker Blinkhorn bursting through Stow’s defensive line to cross under the posts. David Hogg secured the conversion to make the score 7-0 but Stow quickly hit back with three tries of their own.
However, a yellow card shown to the Stow captain saw Bassett begin to press hard again and, after several strong phases of play, the hosts were able to get themselves inside the opposition 22 and Duncan Fulling broke through the line to leave Bassett within a try at the break.
The home side’s attack showed signs of real promise in the second half, but they were left to rue several missed tackles as Stow secured good territory and soon scored through a driven lineout, quickly followed by another score.
Despite second row Drew Blinkhorn’s sinbinning, Bassett dug deep and Tucker Blinkhorn scored his second try of the match, but that was as good as it got for the Ballard’s Ash outfit, and Stow ran in the final touchdown of the game.
- ROYAL Wootton Bassett Under 15s put a series of absences behind them to record a 31-26 away win at Thatcham.
Bassett went to Berkshire missing seven players to county trials as well as three injured players, but went on to secure their third consecutive away win in difficult weather conditions.
An outrageous dummy from fly-half Ryan Mountford sent Brody Anderson over for the opening try which Mountford converted.
Anderson added a second straight afterwards when the forwards and backs combined for the captain to glide over, although Thatcham responded with some strong running of their own to score two tries which levelled the scores at half-time.
Bassett returned after the break the stronger of the two teams and centre Kieran Harper skuttled over.
Thatcham bounced back and replied with two converted tries to take a 26-19 point lead with just 10 minutes remaining, but Bassett’s never-say-die attitude was soon to come to the fore.
The game was won when the back row duo of Jack Griffiths and Cian Erry both added tries, and a well struck conversion from Mountford from distance put the gloss on the game.
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