WHEATSHEAF Cabin Crew travelled away to New Milton for their opening game of the season in the Dorset and South Wilts League Division Two, playing the recently relegated New Milton IIs.

In typical Wheatsheaf fashion the Wheat’s travelled down with a slightly depleted squad having to rely on a mixture of youth and experience to overpower the home side.

The game started well for the home side with an opening try within 10 minutes which looked to be an ominous start for the New Milton two’s, although the Wheats responded straight from the kick-off with a superb turnover at the breakdown and a neat blindside move which saw the winger running down the touchline and popping the ball inside for Olly Kemp to claim the try.

New Milton came back into the game utilising their strong pack to set up a their second try and added the conversion points to bolster the home side after a tough 20 minutes of play without any scores for both sides.

Within the last 10 minutes of the first half the Wheats came back with a well-crafted back line move from the scrum which saw the full back coming in from deep and creating the overlap for Winger Darren French to score in the corner.

In the second half the home side began to tire after losing some key players to injury with the Wheat’s rejuvenated and taking full advantage of a weakened pack tries came thick and fast.

After gaining many metres with a driving maul, Sam Cummins broke from the back, picking holes in the defence and scoring the try which was duly converted taking the Wheat’s into the lead.

With the Wheat’s forwards dominant in the set piece this gave a strong platform for the backs to develop a strong running and off-loading game which was rewarded with a try from Dalton North and three tries for skipper Mathew Hogarth, conversions were added by the skipper seeing the Wheats finishing the game beating New Milton 48-12, in what was an impressive start for the Netherhampton-based Wheat’s.