Wells march past Matson to maintain home record
Wells 32 Matson 3
It is now nearly 11 months since Wells last lost at home and despite being in a higher league, they showed last Saturday, in front of a large crowd, that they will not give up that record lightly.
Playing with directness, speed and a solid defence, they dominated territory in their match with visitors Matson to such an extent that only twice in the entire game was their tryline remotely threatened.
Director of rugby Peter Kennedy has quickly come to terms with the new rolling substitutes rule and used it to good effect, refreshing the team at vital moments, while new recruits Jamie Payne and Matt Hyde settled in with good performances.
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It took Wells 12 minutes to take the lead through an Aaron Cook penalty before Matson hit back with their only score of the match, a penalty from the restart.
Matt McRae immediately stormed 50 yards up the left touchline and when he was eventually stopped, the ball was recycled for Alex Knight to score under the posts. Cook added the extras before then hitting the upright with a penalty.
Wells were not to be denied, though, and Edd Manders caught an intended clearance close to the touchline and beat a couple of tackles before passing for McRae, who raced in to score. Cook again obliged with the conversion to put Wells 17-3 up at the break.
Manders crossed for a try early in the second half and, although Cook hit the woodwork with his conversion attempt, he did add a penalty soon after.
Matson became frustrated, suffering a yellow and later red card, and with time running out, Wells worked a clever lineout move, which allowed hooker Ash Hill to get on the scoresheet. Cook split the posts with an excellent kick.
A pre-match lunch sponsored by local farmer Mike Phelps and prepared by Graham Laws was excellently attended by more than 80 supporters, sponsors and friends of the club.
This Saturday, Wells travel up the M5 to play North Bristol. The second team are home to St Bernadette's Old Boys and the third start their league season with a home match against Hornets thirds.