The 4ths travelled into the wilds of Hertfordshire for their 4th game of the season. Everything was new – New opposition in the form of Weston and a new skipper in Mark James, a new bus to take us there, and Pete Daly with a new body that managed to last a game.

Weston are a new club who only formed this season and were a complete unknown quantity to us but the first half was tough. They were a big and determined pack who were not backing down in any way. It took at least 20 minutes before the first score materialised.

I felt like I was looking back in time to the first team of 2005 with Jon Williams, John Young and Rich Holgate strutting about on the converted farmer’s field.

The try came from a move off the back of a scrum with a lovely miss pass from Shaun (playing at ten) that completely bamboozled their onrushing centres and gave Patch the room to dart under the posts. No conversion

The second try was a sleek, multi - phased move up the pitch that resulted in a fine try from Rob Baker. This was started by Rich Holgate, on as replacement for a battered AJ, and featured at least 8 different players. Who said that vets can’t play quality rugby. No conversion followed – a pattern that carried on through most of the game.

10 – 0 at half time, hard earned.

Two tries in 15 minutes effectively killed the game. Charlie Naud ended up with 3 tries, all of them typical scrum half tries, with Tom Pope scoring another on his debut with a long run from deep in our half.

M.O.M: Barney. Playing at 12, he was heavily targeted by 2 players every time he got the ball. Despite this, he set up a number of scoring opportunities with strong runs and excellent distribution

Mention must be made of the warm welcome given to us by Weston: a bit of old school hospitality that’s rare these days