Ryde 34, Millbrook II 24
AN EXCELLENT team performance was the basis of a solid Ryde victory over their league rivals, helping the home side to bounce back from losing their opening game.
Ryde drew first blood when Danny Vyse crashed over in the corner. Millbrook were gifted an equalising score soon after, however, when Ryde failed to deal with a lineout in their own-22, allowing the opposition to steal the ball and drop over the line.
After a well weighted restart from David True, Josh Sayers caught the ball unopposed and recycled the ball to allow Martin Kirwood-Slack to crash over. Ryde pulled further ahead when Wilks Lettings man of the match Sayers powered over, with Vince Kennedy converting. Millbrook finished the half with a second score.
True showed quick thinking by taking a quick tap penalty, drawing the defence and passing to Calvin Edwards, who scored. When the Millbrook restart failed to travel the required ten metres, Ryde opted for a scrum and Sayers picked up from the base and ran down the blind side from the half way line, scoring his second. True converted both.
Millbrook refused to roll over and scored a converted try. True extended Ryde’s lead by converting a penalty with ten minutes to go.
Millbrook managed to score once, but excellent defensive play from the entire side, notably Mark Radford, Ben Gough and the High Park Tavern man of the match Tom Dibben, helped to stem the tide and when the final whistle blew Ryde had recorded their first win of the season.
Ryde: Gough, Moody, Dibben, Mason, Wilks, Edwards, Sayers, Kirwood-Slack, Fraser-Woodbridge, True, Cox, Knight, Kennedy, Vyse, Dockrell, Gough, Walshe, Julian, Radford, Roberts.