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Mixed results for Romford minis

Romford & Gidea Park youngsters returned to action with mixed results (pic: David Clarke) Romford & Gidea Park youngsters returned to action with mixed results (pic: David Clarke)

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Rugby youngsters return to action at last

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Romford & Gidea Park youngsters experienced mixed fortunes against their Chingford rivals as they finally began their 2014 schedule.

Pitches were finally deemed playable and Michael Courtney latched onto a Sam Slatford offload to put the under-12s ahead in their first match of the year.

But Chingford levelled with a try from a rolling maul after good work from Park’s Thayne Henwood, who had been loaned to the visitors.

And Henwood then claimed the winning try against his clubmates in a 10-5 Chingford win.

Park turned the tables in a second meeting, as Courtney went over in the first half and Luke Metcalf touched down after the restart.

A solid defensive effort kept the visitors at bay to clinch a 10-0 victory.

Squad: B Walton, R Dhadwar, B Shawyer, S Kerr, H Runham, C Rice, G Bristow, K Tarrant, S Slatford, L Metcalf, O Flower, R Pooley, M Courtney, T Henwood, T Chuter, C Rutherford, J Daltry, D Fernando, A Olaleye, L Potter, N Hunte, J Williams, C Hardy, R Page, B Watts.

The under-11 Sharks gave debuts to Patryk Gadomski and Robert Trimmer, with player of the day Ronnie Brooks and James Tully producing some crunching early tackles as the first half ended scoreless.

Fine runs from Robson Burke and Harry Wright took Park close after the restart and captain Nathan Jarvis almost scored from Louis Ridley’s pass before Park conceded twice late on in a 10-0 loss.

Chingford used the maul to good effect in a second meeting to go 10-0 up but Sam Walker’s quick tap penalty and run got Park on the scoreboard before the break.

Scrum-half Ross Walters finished off a good move with an excellent try to level, but Chingford clinched a 15-10 win from another maul.

Squad: J Tully, R Brooks, S Walker, H McVelia, A Irving-Still, R Walters, L Ridley, H Wright, R Trimmer, O Nolan, N Jarvis, R Burke, P Gadomski, A Courtney, M Crowhurst.

The under-10s earned a pair of wins (30-10, 25-10) against their Chingford counterparts and drew a third meeting 15-15 after a great effort from the entire squad.

And the under-nines followed an 8-8 draw with a 10-7 win, after some fine attacking play.

Matt Tranter, Caleb Shorter and Joe Gutteridge claimed four tries each on the day, with Sheen (3), Wood (2) and Clarke also going over.

Squad: Tranter, Shorter, Gutteridge, Sheen, Wood, Clarke, Walker, White, Portelli, McCloud, Farraud, Metcalfe, Phillips, Roberts, Conor, Harvey.

The under-14s claimed a slender 19-17 win over Saffron Walden.

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