Actonians v Pinner
On the 28th September, Actonians travelled to Pinner, desperate to get their first win on the board. With the weather infinitely cooler than the past two weeks and the pitch looking nice and short, Actonians were in good spirits when kick off came.
The travelling team instantly put Pinner under pressure, the forwards carrying well around the fringes before the backs were unleashed. Captain Matt Lloyd utilised his trademark ‘dummy-and-hand-off-and-score’ move to dot down in the corner, with Nino Musolino dissecting the posts with apparent ease.
This set the tone for the game, and with Scott Cohen mopping up restarts like a dinner lady on spilt milk, Actonians were able to relieve the pressure. With the forwards hounding the Pinner pack, they were once more forced into mistakes. Debutant Sachin Karwal was causing havoc at the lineout and Huw Atkin was stealing more balls than an overexcited Labrador and soon, the backs were once more released, with Alex Debacker scoring in the corner. Uncharacteristically, Nino got another kick over.
With Scott back to his duties, Actonians were able to keep their game plan rolling. The forwards carried well, the backs finished off moves, people would score. Matt added his second (with the opposition heckling him about not tackling, even though he had just breezed through their entire line) and soon, with Debacker scoring his second soon after, Actionians had bagged their bonus point, although Pinner did capitalise on some slack defending to score before the end of the half.
The second half started in much the same fashion, although Pinner were given a glimpse of hope after a yellow card was awarded against Actonians on the edge of the try line. With Actonians briefly down to 13 to make up for the uncontested scrums, Pinner were able to score another. However, once boosted to their full 15, they started scoring more at will.
Michael Gilmore was the first forward over the whitewash with Matt securing his hat trick (or Mattrick if you will) soon after. Late call-up Cian McDonagh finished the scoring and amongst all this, Laser-sighted Nino only missed one kick (apparently although no one else believes it). With the full time whistle sounding, Actonians had won it 47-14.
MOTM was Sachin Karwal for his huge effort across the whole game, whereas hattrick hero Matt Lloyd was this week’s Duck of the Day. Turns out that moving from 10 to 15 means that all basic handling skills go out the window and you can’t catch, pass or do anything anymore, goes to show he is human after all...