Perhaps the lure of the Mall had proven too strong an attraction for many of the ‘Phones usual travelling army, but those that didn’t travel out to Frampton on Saturday, missed a treat, as the boys in Red, White and Blue produced some of the best rugby of the season and lit up an already beautiful sunny afternoon.
Things didn’t start well, when Luke Inman’s Red, White and Blue army were unable to get any pre-match teas, as Frampton’s clubhouse was locked and shuttered, not for the first time in the history of fixtures between the two clubs. Oh the halcyon days, when we regularly knocked them out of the Combination Cup on a Sunday afternoon, and then had to drive back to Stockwood to get a celebratory drink (But boy did we celebrate, when we got “home”).
Matters soon looked up, when we saw that ex-Telephone Phil Salvage was in the opposition line up, a good omen, as he had been ‘Phones man of the match last time we had played the same opposition, and that was despite the fact that he was playing in Frampton colours.
When the game got under way, we made our usual woeful start, and a poor kick by Dean Zipper, making his first appearance on the season put us under pressure close to our own line. “Mental” Matt Stokes guesting for Frampton was through the front of the line out too quickly, but was not spotted by the referee, and helped secure the loose ball and sneak over in the corner, to leave us 0-5 down inside 2 minutes.
Still ‘Phones are used to coming from behind these days (well not Richard “Fatty” Palmer obviously), and the match followed what has become a familiar pattern, as we struggled to get our hands on the ball for 20 minutes, but defended heroically, led by centres Wayne “must get a nickname” Sockett and Ross “High Rise” House, who once more crunched everything that came within range in the midfield.
As e started to secure some possession, “High Rise” started to make some strong runs into the heart of the opposition defence, and from one such run he drew two defenders to put Sean “Hissy Fit” Hobbs in on the overlap, for an unopposed run in. The young Hobbs then taunted the chasing defended in an unacceptable way as he touched down, and there will be a suitable ‘Phones consequence as part of the learning process (I think that I have a tin of ravioli somewhere). Dean Zipper added the extra points and we were ahead, a lead that we were never to lose.
Tom “The Swede” Gustafson, after an enforced rest last week, drove over from close range, and despite running round to make the conversion easier, it appeared that Zipper was wearing someone else’s boots, judging by the poor attempt to add the two points.
Although 1/2 time came with ‘Phones leading 12-5, the match still appeared to be in the balance, and with the half backs, Luke “Jacko” Inman and Dean Zipper both struggling with knee problems, it looked like we could be in for a long 40 minutes.
However, ‘Phones went into over drive from the start, and apart from “Beechy” who did the worse impersonation of Zinzan Brooke you will ever see (here is how it is done “Beechy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp8f6OiwNtM), and also receiving a pass that he screamed for, then decided that he couldn’t run 20 metres to score, and stopped dead, turned his back on the opposition and flung a “Pickles” type pass to someone else, the team was magnificent.
Running and supporting the ball carrier meant that despite Frampton’s best defensive attempts, they inevitably ran out of defenders, as wave after wave of ‘Phones attackers came surging at them.
“Must get a nickname” Sockett ran in two tries, while his centre partner “High Rise” House capped a man of the match performance with a long range solo effort.
The other second half five pointers came from “Saddam” Breakey, what a sight he is charging in from 30 metres, and on crossing the whitewash, sweetly turned to look and make sure that Mrs Saddam had been watching his moment of glory…she surely was mate!! He wouldn’t have made it, but for the fitness advice offered by the Chairman the week before, when he ran out of steam in the last 15 minutes (good girl Mrs Saddam).
Dean Zipper also hopped over and somehow managed to kick 2 second half conversions. His experience amongst the youngsters was invaluable.
The boys should be very proud of the performance that they produced, with the result being a bonus. They have set the bar even higher now, and we the Red, White and Blue Army will be looking forward to the trip round the ring road to Kingwood this week with great anticipation.
Quote of the Week:
“Mental” Matt Stokes…”I didn’t want to come home, I wanted to stay over there with them!”
Conversation of the Week:
Mrs Franky comes to the club late on Saturday night after a day in Cabot Circus.
Chair to Mrs Franky…”you never brought any cheese sandwiches with you then Ange?”
Franky…”She only did that once”
Mrs Franky to the Chair…”I only do that when Dave (Butts) asks me to!!”
We now know where Franky is in the food chain in his house…even behind Butts!!!!