Nul points for the Wild Geese

On Saturday 28th January the Wild Geese visited Cinderford, in National League 2 South but came away with a brutal spanking by 43 points to nil. A year ago, these two teams were a league apart (N1-N3) and on Saturday past they were again, metaphorically speaking this time.

Match report from John S Hunter

Cinderford opened their scoring with a converted try after 4 minutes and it says much for the Wild Geese’s early defence that it was 25 minutes before their line was breached again, with another converted try. Cinderford added to that with a penalty goal and yet another converted try before half-time, to lead 24-0. They opened the scoring in the 9th minute of the second half with a converted try, before another 20+ minutes of Wild Geese defence kept them out. However, that defence capitulated in the last 10 minutes, to concede 2 more tries, one of them converted, to give the final score-line of 43-0.

This was the first time that followers of the Wild Geese can remember them not scoring at all! That was mainly due to Cinderford’s defence being the best that the Wild Geese had encountered this season, and very disciplined at that (Wild Geese please note). The other possible reason was the absence of several first-choice players; even the squad announced on Thursday had to be changed.

The one piece of good news emerging from the weekend was that the league table showed the Wild Geese in an identical position to the week before i.e. our fellow strugglers at the lower end of the league table all lost, bar one. However, we should remind ourselves that have 4 major fixtures coming up in consecutive weeks, the next one (Old Elthamians) being at home, fortunately.