Skipper Pete Stevens is sleepless in Tenbury after 27-15 rugby club defeat at Telford Hornets in Midlands Four West (North) (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Skipper Pete Stevens is sleepless in Tenbury after 27-15 rugby club defeat at Telford Hornets in Midlands Four West (North)
Telford Hornets 27 pts Tenbury 15 pts
SKIPPER Pete Stevens has been having nightmares since Tenbury’s dreadful second-half capitulation against Telford Hornets.
Promotion-chasing Tenbury were leading 15-0 at one stage before the bottom side hit back to seal their first win of the season.
“I have had a few sleepless nights since Saturday’s game,”
said a dejected Stevens, who played on the wing.
“We have had such a good run and I can’t believe what happened.
It was a very bad day and a big shock.
“We started off brilliantly and led 15-0 before the wheels came off.
“It was one of those freak weekends - and we can’t afford another one like it.”
Tenbury remain second in Midlands Four West (North) but have played two games more than third-placed Uttoxeter.
“When we got to Telford, they were sweeping water off the pitch,” said Stevens.
“It was very muddy and there were puddles of water everywhere.
“One or two people let me down and we had four key players missing.
“Telford were a very strong side and have a new captain and some new players.”
Centre Luke Brittain was outstanding for Tenbury, bagging two first-half tries.
Andrew Wilkes was also in good form for Tenbury, kicking a penalty and a conversion, as the visitors led 15-5 at the break. But Telford responded in the second-half and scored 22 points to clinch their first victory in 14 matches.
Tenbury travel to Harborne this Saturday and Stevens hopes to welcome back Pete Foster, Ian Bowkett and Richard Wozencroft.
“If you’re not on the money, any team can beat anyone else in this league,” said Stevens.
“I have had text-messages from three or four of the lads who couldn’t play last Saturday.
“They apologised for not being there and they have promised they will make it up to the team at Harborne.”