This was the first game of the new year for the Wanderers, but there was no Christmas hangover as they started the stronger of the two sides. Wanderers showed good organization allowing them to move the ball wide, leading to openings for Dylan Powell and Will McGahey to score tries giving a 10-0 lead. After a Bishops Stortford penalty the same pattern of play again released Andy Howard to score. Wanderers 15-3 in the lead.
An unfortunate try conceded from a missed Bishops Stortford penalty brought the score back to 15-10, before Hal Sparke, playing in the back row, scored in the corner to give the Wanderers a 20-10 lead at the end of the very satifactory half of rugby.
The second half continued in the same vein with Matt Dunn rumbling over to score his first try for the club. 25-10.
Unfortunately the momentum couldn't be maintained for the remainder of game, with a 14 man Wanderers, after 2 yellow cards, unable to stop Bishops Stortford scoring 3 tries of their own, 2 of which were converted to lead to a full time score of 25-29.
There were many positives to take from this game. A good early start with well executed systems that got the ball wide and around the opposition. A strong scrum and a dominant lineout, which stole the ball on 8 occasions. A fine debut by Anders Teigland, a Norwegian international, on the wing. And a welcome return from injury by Bryn Jenkins who completed 50 minutes without side effects.
Bring on Shelford next Saturday, Volac Park, 12.30 ko.