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On Saturday 29th October the Wild Geese played Clifton in Bristol, in National League 2 South, but came away empty-handed, losing by 27 points to 15. This was a rather disappointing result against a team who were immediately below the Wild Geese in the league table before the game.
The first 20 minutes virtually put paid to any prospects of a win for the Wild Geese, as Clifton scored tries in the 4th and 17th minutes, the latter converted, to give them a 12-0 lead. The Wild Geese looked out of sorts, as if they had not recovered from the journey, but they eventually troubled the score-board, with hooker Mike Bunn scoring a try just after the half-hour mark. Clifton kicked an injury-time penalty goal to go in at half-time leading 15-5.
[blockquote]Report from John S Hunter[/blockquote]
The second half proved to be a repetition of the first, with Clifton scoring tries after 4 minutes and 23 minutes, the former converted, to give them an unassailable lead of 27-5. This was no less than they deserved as they were the quicker and more committed XV, and their aggressive defence was good. The Wild Geese came more into the game as it progressed, but conceded too many penalties that gave Clifton field position and momentum. They made a late surge, scoring a try by replacement three-quarter Matt Killeen in the 37th minute, followed by a try from left-wing George Owen in the 40th minute. This made the final score-line more respectable at 15-27.
This was not a result or performance that was expected from the Wild Geese, judging by the preceding Saturday, and was certainly not the precursor that they wanted before next Saturday’s game against the 3rd placed team in the league – Bishop’s Stortford – but that brings with it home comforts i.e. Hazelwood being the venue for that fixture.