Walcot Rugby Club rise from the ashes
Bath Rugby players and management helped kick off a bright new future at Albert Field last weekend.
Nick Blofeld, CEO at The Rec, officially opened Walcot's clubhouse which has been fully refurbished following a fire last year.
Walcot chairman Kev Davies said: "It's fantastic to receive the support of Bath Rugby as we, much like them, embark on a season of rebirth.
"Let's hope both clubs enjoy a successful year.
"It's a testament of our strength as a club that we continued to provide rugby for so many whilst getting back on our feet and I would like to thank everyone for pulling together over the last year to achieve that."
The following day, Bath players Dominic Day, Dan Hipkiss and Kane Palma-Newport – a Walcot old boy – went to Albert Field to help the youth teams celebrate the start of their new season.
Hundreds of youngsters in all age groups from under-7s to under-18s were in attendance and took the chance to ask questions and get autographs from the special guests.
The jubilant atmosphere at Walcot wasn't quite matched on the pitch on Saturday as the 1st XV started their Southern Counties South season with a 40-22 defeat to local rivals Corsham.
The hosts had got off to a flier as Joel Dixon – returning to the club after four years – finished a flowing move involving Wilton, Thyer and Fair.
However, the next 20 minutes were more indicative of the game as a whole as Corsham repeatedly exposed a disjointed defence, scoring a pair of well-taken tries and a penalty.
Walcot proved their potency with ball in hand as Dixon once more grounded, having cut a deadly line off the back of a scrum, but Corsham crashed over straight from the restart.
There was just enough time for Walcot to kick a penalty before the break, closing the gap to 22-15, but Corsham quickly took the game out of reach with two penalties before touching down.
The teams tired in the last quarter and each conceded a try to a hack and chase. Walcot travel to Supermarine this weekend, while Corsham are away to Devizes.
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