The first match of the new season saw a Ross side (with a few new faces and a rejigged format take on Pembroke at Monmouth.

Ross started well and were soon one up thanks to a well taken goal by Phil Evans, but it wasn't long before Pembroke exploited the new tactical Ross formation of 3 2 3 2 as they were left light at the back and Pembroke scored two fairly easy goals. But Ross picked themselves up before half time and levelled the score with a goal by Sam Warner. A couple of good saves by Ross new keeper Lawrence Raasch meant honors were even at half time.

The second half started with some good end to end play by both teams, Captain Tom Walton eventually broke the dead lock to make it 3 - 2. The Ross defence of Dan Collins, Richard Jennison, Dave Skyrme, then came under considerable pressure as Pembroke pushed for the equaliser, which eventually came with about five minutes to go.

In the last minute Ross were unlucky not to take all the points when the umpire deemed the ball not to have crossed the goal line, even though the Ross forwards had other ideas.

All in all a very entertaining match, and looking forward to an away game against Gloucester next week

Ross Team: Lawrence Raasch, Dan Collins, Richard Jennison, Dave Skyrme, Luke Ward, Tom Walton, Monty Rudge, Sam Warner, Kristian Franklin, Phil Evans, Adrian Williams, Johnny Cross

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