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BLUES V NOTTINGHAM - A JUNIOR VIEW
Junior Reporter – Freddie Wootton
Match Report – Saturday January 25th 2014
Bedford Blues vs Nottingham
It was only on Friday night that I learnt that I was to be the Blues Junior Reporter – the Very Next Day! I didn’t know whether to be excited or petrified and probably ended up as a mixture of both. I arrived at Goldington Road good ‘n’ early in order to meet Sam – the ‘real’ match commentator. It was a lovely afternoon – mild and breezy with the sun shining on the turf.
About 10 minutes before kick-off Sam took me into the reporter’s area where we have a fantastic view of the pitch – I felt like joining in as the players completed their warm up. They looked very intense and serious as they practised their passing.
The First Half was very fast flowing with lots of passing and kicking. The sides were evenly matched with the home side trying lots of moves although the ball did not come to hand and indeed Nottingham scored first through a penalty. The player who caught my eye was Aaron Morris. He found a lot of space on the wing although the ball rarely came his way so he did not threaten his opposite number as much as I hoped he would. The half finished 3:6 but the Blues did not look disheartened as they left the pitch.
As the players disappeared into the changing rooms the heavens opened and we were inundated. The wind was gusty and cold; the hail and rain was coming from every direction; the sky was black with thunder and lightning. But as a true professional I stayed put, hunkering down protecting my paper while the electronics around me started to fizz.
The players looked startled when they came out into the hail at the start of the Second Half. They had been snug and dry. This half was very different to the first – a grinding contest of strength and will power as the pitch resembled a bog. It was forward’s game as the players got stuck into mauls, rucks and scrums. Character was more important than skill - the Blues have this by the bucket load and they were rewarded with the only try of the match by Joe Vandermolen – the well-deserved man-of-the-match.
The final score was 14:9. A solid win for the Home side! As I interviewed Joe for the web site I reflected on this truly being a ‘game of two halves’!