Camelot back in fifth place after a vital win

All pictures by Gail D'Almaine
All pictures by Gail D'Almaine
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Camelot 20 Fullerians 11

Camelot’s first team played a league match against Fullerians at home on Saturday.

The home side kicked off at the start of the match and advanced into the opposition half.

Hooker Nino Massa seized possession and then passed the ball out to wing Carl Buckingham who sprinted into the 22 before being tackled into touch.

Fullerians counter-attacked from a line-out and broke back into the Camelot half and on towards the 22 where they won a penalty, which they kicked successfully giving them a three point lead after eight minutes of the first half.

Camelot defended a Fullerians attack after the restart and then won a series of penalties gaining ground deep into the opposition half up to the 22. They then won another penalty, which they kicked for a line-out in the Fullerians’ 22 near the try-line.

The forwards secured the line-out and the ball was recycled down the line to outside centre Ross Willoughby, who stormed through the defence to score a try under the posts, which fullback Alex Wilby converted, giving the home side the lead at 7-3 now 22 minutes into the half.

The home side suffered a setback shortly after the restart when captain number 8 Darren Perry and scrum half Tom Aitken both left the field with injuries.

This unsettled the side for a period as they defended a series of opposition attacks in the 22. The Hemel side finally settled down and pressed the opposition back, advancing into the Fullerians’ 22 where they won a penalty and then a line-out.

Number 6 George Adams then seized possession from a loose ball at a Fullerians scrum and crashed over the line for a try, which the referee disallowed as he was unsighted on the wrong side of the scrum.

Camelot battled on in the opposition 22 and won a penalty, which Wilby kicked successfully to extend the score to 10-3 38 minutes into the half.

Fullerians won a penalty outside the Camelot 22 shortly after the restart, which they kicked successfully to narrow the score to 10-6 just before the whistle blew for half time.

The home side sprang into action at the start of the second half, advancing into the visitors’ 22 and testing the defence near the line. They won another penalty near the posts, which Wilby kicked successfully to extend the Hemel side’s lead to 13-6 two minutes into the second half.

Camelot attacked again from the restart, advancing back into the opposition half up to the 22 for a scrum.

The side was then penalised for offside offences and lost territory as Fullerians worked their way back down the field winning a line-out and then launching an attack and break through the defence to score an unconverted try, which narrowed the score to 13-11 eight minutes into the second half.

The home side defended a visitors’ attack shortly after the restart and then hooker Massa stole possession from the opposition and set up a counter attack.

Camelot forwards and backs stormed back into the Fullerians half and on into the 22 for a line-out.

They launched a strong attack from the line-out and pressed towards the try-line.

Lock Liam Meddeman received the ball and drove over the line to score a great try, which Wilby also converted to stretch the side’s lead to 20-11, 23 minutes into the half.

The two sides continued to battle for possession and advantage from the restart.

Camelot retained the upper hand, launching further attacks in the opposition 22 but there was no further score before the final whistle blew.

This was a vital win for Camelot, who retain fifth place in the league going into the New Year. Their next league match is away at UCS Old Boys on January 7.