Chilly, nail-biting match ends in victory
Ashley Stanford’s team rose to the occasion on a chilly, grey day to sweep aside their opponents, the University of West London Women’s Rugby team, after a resounding 22-17 win for the Dragons. However, this took place after a nail-biting game in which both sides were evenly matched. Westminster took home a few scrapes and most of the glory. Among the goalscorers were Ashley Stanford, the captain; Georgia Raines, Benedetta Makanju scored two, and Caitlin Valentina also made an impact on the score.
On the day, the Westminster Dragons seemed faster and better, finding space and carving runs into their opponents’ half. After a dominant fifteen minutes, the Dragons were ahead by 17 points.
West London did come back and soon leveled the scores so that spectators were nervously watching every move with intensity. However, the Dragons extricated themselves from any potential problems with sheer ease by surging forward and causing West London to panic and fall away at the seams.
Even though, the score was close and the game decided in the last few minutes, the Dragons did well to break the stalemate, even after a lull in play where a player went down and medical officials had to walk onto the field. This alarming development did nothing to dull their sharp instincts for movement and attacking prowess.
What started as a reasonably easy match descended into a nail biting finale, but the West London women’s rugby team could do nothing to quell the heat of the Westminster Dragons as they came alive in the last crucial minutes of the game and swept up all the points for a tidy win. Clearly the dull day did nothing to dampen the spirits or the winning mentality. At the end of the game, Ashley Stanford looked very pleased with herself and her team.