It was with some disappointment that the Masters learned that Farnbourgh Rugby Club was unable to field a side against us on Monday 10th December our last game of 2012.
The management and coaching staff decided to continue with the days training and due to the high number of players available to the coaches they were able to pick two sides, Red vs. Blue for a full game in the evening on Queens Avenue, Aldershot.
Skipper of the Blue side was Andy Davie and skipper for the Red was Neil Griffiths.
Straight from the kick off the Reds put early pressure on the Blue line and good work from Calvin Venn lead to the first score, but the Blues hit back through hooker Ben Birkbeck. A typical strong run and try from Dave Goddard restored the lead for the Reds. The conversion kick from Lee Davies extended that lead. Gareth Williamson returning to the Masters after being absent a couple of seasons with a long term injury scored a couple of good tries for the Reds and showed he has lost none of his abilities going forward with the ball in hand.
Bruno Green levelled the scores just before half time also showing the Masters have backs that can also score tries when called to do so. In the second half there were further tries from Green with Sandy Fitzpatrick playing in the second row also returning from a couple of seasons away getting in on the scoring. The teams traded scores with Glyn Jones and Brad Sutherland both contributing strong performances for both sides.
Last score of the game was by Dom Hayakawa showing both strength and good speed on the wing to finish a good training game. The coaches now have the difficult job of whittling down this group into a squad of 25 players to move forward to the next fixture against HM Prison Service on the 16 Jan 13 in Aldershot.
Match report by: WO2 Jim Evans