Reds ‘building momentum’ with Hove home draw
JERSEY REDS WOMEN coach James Newey was happy with a draw despite his side twice conceding a lead at home to Hove.
The Island side, who gave debuts to wings Elinor Dargie and Nicole Goddard and replacement Elizabeth Pallot, went 7-0 and 12-5 up at St Peter on Sunday, before being pegged back both times in the National Challenge 2 South East South clash.
The hosts led at the break but were forced to defend for large parts of the second half and were unable to secure their fourth win of the campaign.
Number 8 Kerry Bertram scored both tries for Jersey in the 12-12 stalemate and Newey praised his side for remaining resolute.
He said: ‘In the end I think we were happy with the draw. We did quite well to hold on as we spent most of the second half defending.
‘We’ve had a few injuries so it was a good opportunity to see some new players. We’re getting a bit of strength in depth now and we’re building up a bit of momentum.’
Newey added: ‘The first try was a moment of individual brilliance from Kerry Bertram, who was outstanding all game in defence and attack, and she scored again after a trick play in the lineout, which came out of forwards coach Conor Joyce’s playbook.
‘In the second half we struggled to attack and get phases together and we were slightly sloppy with ball in hand. They were hammering out line and eventually they broke through.’
Jersey’s home tie against Seaford – scheduled for this weekend – has been called off at the visitors’ request, following an identical outcome earlier in the season. On that occasion, Jersey were awarded the points.
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