06 October 2019 / Club News

Markham fall to defeat despite 2nd half comeback

After a solid performance in their first game against Forgeside. The Village looked to continue momentum at home against an unbeaten Ferndale team. After a scrappy start from both teams, the away side had the best moments of the first half with two tries, the first came after a charge down, the backs with good passing out wide and execution for the first try, their second try came from another turnover - this time at the line out, a well drilled Ferndale side went through patient phase play before crashing over. Markham found it difficult to get any momentum against a stubborn defence, Ferndale deservedly led 12-0 at the half. 

Markham had a few injury worries in the second half, with players playing out of position. They continued to show great fight and got back into the game, Ferndale's discipline finally lapsed, and after a great run from the number eight the ball was recycled to Alex Morgan who scored a try for the second week in a row. Markham continued to plug away but Ferndale's defence remained solid, they got back in Markham's 22 and forced a high tackle, giving them a crucial 15-7 lead with little time remaining. 

The game came to an exciting conclusion after a quite brilliant score from the Village, the impressive Morgan broke away before passing to Carpenter who sliced through the defence to reduce the gap to just one point. Markham threw bodies into the ruck to disrupt Ferndale, the away side kept their composure and when a scrum was called, the referee blew for full time. A dissapointing loss for the Village - but great character shown in the second half. 

Try scorers: Liam Morgan, Dewi Carpenter 

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