Mighty keep the crowd interested until the last minute
By Henry Gaskin
The first ever Mighty Frosty match report
A pleasant spring day down at Humber Doucy Lane saw the Mighty take the field against and experienced Bury 4th looking to go second in the table. As usual this season the Mighty mix of youthful speed and skill with older dogeared determination and true grit, faced up against a bigger, uglier and well seasoned mass of what looked like 15 Bury forwards. Hopefully the good looks and pace of the Mighty's boyband backs would be able to run rings around the hulkish opposition.
A predicted the Bury pack pushed our usually strong scrum back a few times but we quickly got the ball out wide to try and bypass the Bury forwards. George Ray at 10 probably having his best game of the season was calling the shots in the middle of the park (this it what’s possible when you stay sober on a Friday night). Scrum half William Busfield was electric in the middle whizzing the ball out of the ruck and having some mazy runs between the mountain of Bury forwards.
Soon we had our first try when a good move saw Chris North crossed the line. With lots of the ball and territory The Mighty maybe thought is was going to be an easier day winning all our line outs and creating a number of over laps.
Bury hit back with a try made by their forwards (I cant really tell the difference). So it was up to the Mighty to strike back again, which they did almost immediately with Chris North getting his second of the match.
Thing were looking good and when Callum Cook crossed the try line, everyone thought the rout was on, but fluffing the ball is a knock on, on any part of the pitch.
The Mighty kept up the pressure forcing the Bury backs to kick for safety but our line out star jumper (and only jumper) Steve Brown was winning every ball and Henry Gaskin driving straight into the Bury defence.
A third Mighty try and the half time whistle saw the first of many changes to starting team including Chris North being replaced to prevent hat-trick hero tag and Ryan Mp coming off at the request of his fan club.
The second half gave us more of the same with the Bury forward trying to enforce themselves resulting in a yellow card for there second row. The Mighty struggled to get their backs into the game but this did force starring prop Matt Matthew North out on the wing to produce what was the worst pass and the best pass of the match unleashing the scintillating speed of Dean Manning down the touch line and getting his first try of the season.
More breath taking Mighty speed was to follow when everyone stopped for an expected knock on which wasn’t given (the ref did explain the rules but I still didn’t understand) this set free Lindsay Smith to run between the post from the half way line even celebrating before touching down (this is not to be encouraged).
With Alex ‘I like a hand off‘ Alex Jacobs replacing Will at scrum half the Mighty continued to try and run around and through the Bury defensive line and were hoping to see out the last 10 minutes with out issue. Of course that’s not the Mighty way and due to a few more changes the Mighty ranks looked a bit stretched as Bury fought back.
2 quick tries with the second coming at the full 80 gave Bury the chance to level the game with what looked like a simple conversion but due to a great charge down and the famous Humber Doucy Lane cross wind their kicker missed the mark, much to his annoyance. So it finished five tries a piece but luckily George Ray had his kicking boots on today so we edged it 31-29. Call out to Joe Baker for helping out in Bury second row and dropping the ball in a couple of key areas and also to Samuel Craske for yet more excellent photos. Just one more league game to go against Mistley 2nds or North Essex all-stars, who ever decides to show up.