Another close game for Mistley in a weekend of mixed fortunes.
Last weekend Mistley 1st XV travelled to Hadleigh who were 4th in the table one place below them in the Eastern Counties Div 2 South league.
Again Hadleigh have always proved to be a difficult opponent .The second half of the season for Mistley had shown mixed fortunes having narrowly lost to Harwich the week before.This game was no exception
On a warm but blustery day ,and with only 15 players ,Mistley were first to score with a penalty kick from Matt Course whose kicking has greatly improved having returned from a lengthy absence due to injury.However the Hadleigh scrum pushed hard and with the wind conditions causing havoc scored.With knock ons galore and penalties missed the game came alive as Bertie Baxter,one of the veterans of the team,pushed forward passing the ball to Steven Betts to score one of his trademark crashing tries to put Mistley back in the game at 5-8. Another great penalty kick from Course bought the score to 5-11 at half time
The second half began with Hadleigh in the Mistley half for some time and despite some excellent tackling by full back Adam Ward ,Hadleigh scored .At the first opportunity of getting back into the Hadleigh half, allowed Terry Regan to score ably assisted by Mesulame Ralulu .Course successfully converted and Mistley lead 10-18.Then came a period of intense pressure from the Hadleigh team and despite a disallowed try then scored and converted to narrow the gap at 17-18. As the game came to a close Matt Course converted another penalty and at 17-21 the last few minutes were nail-biting for the Mistley supporters.However Hadleigh pushed forward to score in the dying minutes to win the game 22-21. The Mistley men were exhausted by the end and with no substitutes and fresh legs they did not have the impetus to win. Hadleigh are now 3rd in the table on level points with Mistley but with a superior points difference
The Marauders played their last game losing at home to Hadleigh 2nds 12-75.Despite the result The Marauders have honoured every fixture this season and the numbers have grown.This bides well for the future