Colts push strong GHA all the way

Last Saturday Dumfries Saints Colts were hosts to GHA, one of the u/18 league’s top teams. Kick off had to be delayed due to the visitor’s travel difficulties. The Colt’s playing record of one win from three did not augur well for a good result. In addition key players were either; injured or made unavailable. A long afternoon was potentially on the cards. During the week Colts Senior Coach; Simon Robertson had worked incredibly hard at instilling in his players the need to be direct and disciplined in their aim to take the game to the opposition. In other words show determination and spirit right from the start.
The game kicked off at 2.15. Within seconds it was clear the Saints Colts were on their game and
pressurized GHA pinning them in their half. The pressure paid off and a penalty was awarded to the home side. Captain Hiddleston opted for the scrum. Aaron Martin playing at number 8 picked up from the base of the scrum and drove over in the corner in true juggernaut fashion. What a start!
GHA were rattled. However, their slick handling and running game caused gaps to open up in the Colt’s defence and they scored two tries in succession, one being converted. In previous games this may have caused the Saints to become disheartened but they stuck to their task and some good support and interplay allowed Martin to force his way over for a second try. GHA replied with another slick handling try which was converted. The score at half-time 10-19.
At the break positive encouragement and technical advice was given about playing to the team’s
strengths, and having confidence in their ability to beat GHA. This had the desired effect and some great interplay allowed Kyle Colchester to score. Finlay Thomson duly converted. GHA replied with an unconverted try of their own. More positive play allowed for a determined and direct drive from Aiden Little to score with Thomson duly obliging with the conversion. The game was finely balanced. An unfortunate sin bin offence caused Saints to be down to 14 but they valiantly held on till the final few minutes when GHA exploited the inevitable overlap and scored in the corner leaving the final score 24-29.
Whilst this is another loss for the Colts it does signify a vast improvement in their attitude and a
growth in their self-belief as a playing unit that can take on and beat any side in their league. When they are up to full strength they will be a serious force to be reckoned with. Due credit must be given to Coach Robertson and his team for the turnaround in the teams attitude and resultant performance. Their next game is against Livingston away on Saturday 21st September.

Published Sep 17, 2019 in News