A Pictorial Report of UKAF v Bath United – the Annual Remembrance Match

What a difference from November!  The original match was postponed due to Bath’s Recreation Ground being under water.  Wednesday’s Dell EMC match was played on a firm surface on a delightful sun kissed late Spring evening.
Rob Lennox was leading the UKAF side fresh from skippering the Army to the 2017 Inter Service Championship.
Bath started the game at a fast pace with man of the match, Robbie Fruean, at the heart of their all action play.
What little early possession UKAF did get was always under pressure and time and time again their ball carriers, like Edd Pascoe, found themselves surrounded by Bath defenders.
Tom Chennell’s introduction at scrum half seemed to give the UKAF side a little more shape and as the second half wore on they did start to exert a little pressure of their own.
Lee Queeley worked hard off his wing, as a late replacement, but struggled to find the space which he exploits so well.
Dave Fairbrother was one of a number of UKAF forwards who worked tirelessly throughout the match but despite a number of strong runs he could never get his UKAF side through the blanket Bath defence.
UKAF’s best chance came late in the game with an Eldon Myers break carried on by Gareth Rees (who had moved to fly half) and Matt Tibbatts.  The crowd were willing them on for a UKAF score but Bath were determined to keep their line intact and closed the move down to finish the match with a resounding 76-0 shut out victory.
Despite the scoreline it was a great evening of rugby with both sides always looking to play with ball in hand and of course support the Royal British Legion’s Live On campaign.

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