Cambridge 29 - 7 Fylde
The joys of summer in England
This was meant to be a sun drenched send off to the season. However, persistent drizzle made it feel more like January than nearly May. The weather did not dampen down the enthusiasm of the minis who put on a great display of touch on outside pitches - before receiving their club colours.
On the main pitch, the 1st XV played Fylde. And if anyone thought that the Lancastrians were here to make up the numbers, nobody had told them. They scrapped all game always closing down space and making tackles and running down breaks - but at the end of the day, the Blood and Sand proved just too strong.
The first twelve minutes saw some good pressure from the visitors, but the red line held and eventually Cambridge got hands on the ball and challenged the Fylde line - after a few phases Harry Morley crashed over for the first try - his first for the club. Ben Penfold stepped up to take the conversion, but the tricky wind took the ball wide.
Four minutes later, Cambridge Blue Archie Russell found space out wide to add the second - again his first in Blood and Sand. The home side purple patch continued with a third try - a second for Harry Morley who came up with the ball from a driving maul. This time Ben added the extras. Fylde pressed hard for the rest of the half - but could not break down the Cambridge defence, 17-0 at half time.
Fylde came out strongly in the second half. They put some phases together and earned a well-deserved try.
Cambridge struck back immediately, once again it was that man Harry Morley who picked up a loose ball and sprinted for the line and his hat-trick and the bonus point. More Cambridge forward pressure added a fifth, this time a penalty try.
The last twenty minutes petered out as cold fingers and tired bodies led to too many errors. Fin Creighton came on for a short cameo at the end - his debut in the 1st XV. He showed enough that I doubt it will be his last. There was no further scoring, Cambridge won 29-7.
Fylde proved they are a proud club, and although beaten they are far from broken. I suspect they will regroup, rebuild and return - and I look forward to playing them again.
So there we have it, the club season is over. We finish tenth in the table with fourteen wins. We lost eight games by under 7 points and we scored more points than we conceded. We finished higher up the table than last season - but lower than we wanted. We move on to next season and our aim will be to build on this and move on from here.
Most of the key players have signed on for another campaign. Some will of course be moving on. We are of course sorry to see anyone go, but lives and careers move on. We just hope you remember your time here with fondness.
Thanks to Ross for his work as DoR and to everyone who has pulled on a Blood and Sand shirt - from the youngest mini to the oldest veteran and also to those who coach, organise or who just come and watch.