A win-less November for the Wild Geese

On Saturday 26th November the Wild Geese played Barnstaple in North Devon, in National League 2 South, but only produced what can be described as a disappointing performance to lose by 10 points to 27. This means that Barnstaple leapfrog the Wild Geese in the league table and ensures that November will not be remembered with any great affection by the Wild Geese, having lost all 4 games this month. It seems like ages since we put up that brave display vs. Bishop’s Stortford; in reality, it was the first Saturday of November but it has been all downhill since then.

Report by John S Hunter

The Wild Geese started the game brightly enough; they took an early lead through a penalty goal from out-half Gavin Dunne to lead 3-0 after 9 minutes, but Barnstaple soon drew ahead, scoring a converted try 4 minutes later. To this they added a penalty goal after 18 minutes and a converted try after 35 minutes, to give them a clear half-time lead of 17-3. The second half continued in the same vein, with Barnstaple urged on by a raucous and partisan crowd. They added further tries after 9 and 18 minutes, to take an unassailable 27-3 lead. The Wild Geese scored a solitary try – not much consolation – with less than 10 minutes to play through scrum-half Dan Grant-Anderson, converted by Dunne, to give the score-line some respectability.

Barnstaple’s control of the game was – unfortunately – assisted by Wild Geese mistakes e.g. poor handling and needless penalties conceded, not to mention the ‘customary’ yellow card and a red card to boot. Barnstaple also successfully disrupted the Wild Geese line-out on numerous occasions, leading to a lack of possession. All in all, a bad day at the office…