Second half showing hands Dees a fine opening day win

MIdlands Three East South: Dunstablians 38 Spalding 11

By Richard Anderson
Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 2:02 pm
The latest rugby news - pic: Getty Images
The latest rugby news - pic: Getty Images

Dunstablians were triumphant when playing their first competitive fixture in 18 months, as they defeated their RFU Midlands Cup Final opponents Spalding on Saturday.

Dees matchday squad included debutant players, Nick Keppe and Greg Manning, and while the final result was an emphatic six try bonus point win for the hosts, it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Early on, George Hand went over for a try, converted by co-captain Kevin Boland, but Dunstablians were not able to capitalise on the scrum dominance and possession.

Handling errors and discipline saw Dees left points on the field at half time, only leading 7-3.

In the second period and particularly the final quarter, Dees added the polish that their performance warranted with five more tries through Keppe (2), George Aitchison (2) and Hand with three converted by Boland.

The victory demonstrated the work on fitness and technical training sessions throughout the lockdown period is now starting to show results.

The performance put the crowd in good spirits too and looking forward to the next match on Saturday away to Stewart & Lloyds.