BATH & WILTSHIRE ROMANS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB started the game against SOUTHAMPTON SPITFIRES with only 13 players due to a number of serious injuries which have taken their toll over the course of the season and a number of players being unable to make the long trip. However, it was the Romans which made the stronger start and had the Spitfires worried in the opening quarter with some excellent attacking play from notably Tom Plance and Chris Barter, which led to debutant Jake Morris jinking his way over converted by Chris Barter, with the scores at 6-6 for a long period.
The ROMANS were understrength and have continued to blood new players. After prop Lewis Atkinson got injured half way through the first half, Chairman Chris Chatten took to the field to help out till half time. The Spitfires ran in enough tries in the first half to put the game away as a contest and but Lewis Atkinson found the mental toughness and desire to return to the field in the second period.
The ROMANS stuck at it in the second half and didn't give up and were rewarded with a second half try from Ryan Willcox who went on a 15 metre jinking and barging run to the line going over near the sticks, Chris Barter converting. The final score was a 62-12 loss but did not reflect the effort and desire shown by the Romans.
Frome based Steven Randall had a spectacular game in defence and attack in only his second game of Rugby League. It was really difficult to pick out a man of the match as so many players had good games in adversity, Chris Barter was another candidate after almost covering every blade of grass on the field. However, Aaron Knowles another recruit from the Frome area got the plaudits for the massive improvement he showed from previous fixtures, another player who is new to the sport but put in some solid hits in defence and carried the ball strongly in attack, all from the unaccustomed second row position.
Chris Chatten, Romans Chairman, commented "the players which took to the field at Southampton showed plenty of heart and desire, they didn't deserve to be on the loosing side. It is disappointing we could not get through to the plate play off final after the season we have had, but if you enjoy rugby league I would recommend you make your way to Chippenham RFC on Saturday 20th August for a double headed West of England Finals day, if you like what you see we would welcome you as players, supporters or volunteers at the Romans in 2017".
The West of England League Finals day will take place at Chippenham RFC on Saturday 20th August. The first fixture will be the Plate Final kicking off at 1pm Southampton Spitfires V Oxford Cavaliers, then the main event West of England Grand Final kicking off at 3pm Portsmouth Navy Seahawks V Swindon St. George.
The Romans are based at Corsham Rugby Union Club, Lacock Road, Corsham. The club are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to sponsor the club and have packages available for all budgets. They would also like to hear from anyone who would like to help develop the club both on and off the field. Chris Chatten, Romans Chairman commented, "the only truly sustainable way to develop our own players is to start a junior/youth section". Therefore, Chatten would also be keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in setting up junior and youth rugby league in the Bath & Wiltshire area. The Romans now look forward to 2017 and a 3rd season where they will be aiming to make improvements.
For further information and updates: Chris Chatten, Chairman Tel: 07810 552196
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