Romford & Gidea Park youngsters withstand pressure to claim Essex Waterfall Level 11 Cup
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 03 May 2017
Two tries from Luke Metcalf and Michael Courtney helped the Crow Lane teenagers earn silverware
Romford & Gidea Park’s under-15 boys produced a strong showing to win the Essex Waterfall Level 11 Cup following a 50-19 victory over Stanford.
Park entertained their Essex rivals at Crow Lane on a bright Bank Holiday Sunday morning and were determined to claim success.
The hosts immediately piled on the pressure, the first try of the day being scored by Shaun Kerr as he broke through the line to touch down.
Romford decided to go again and straight from the restart they gathered the ball, they worked their way up the pitch for Luke Metcalf to break through and score under the posts with an excellent conversion from Sam Slatford to follow.
Stanford were not going to lay down though and they scored two tries in quick succession to level the score. This galvanized Romford into action and they pushed up the field with the forwards applying real pressure in the middle of the park sucking defenders in.
Ryan Page came close to touching the ball down over the line but the ball was knocked backwards into Slatford’s waiting arms for him to gather and score Romford’s third try which he duly converted.
The last try of the half came from some excellent individual work from Tayo Adewole on the wing, he was just too fast for Stanford and his fabulous try was also converted by Slatford to give them a 26-12 advantage.
In the second half Stanford really tried to get back into the game and no additional points were scored for a full 15 minutes as they piled the pressure on Romford.
Romford defended resolutely though. They rucked strongly and tackled well, they held their line and stood strong.
Eventually Stanford did break through to score their last try of the game but the restart was to herald a fine 15 minute spell for Romford with four more tries scored.
Torez Polius weaved through the Stanford defence and Metcalf touched down in the corner for try number five.
The restart and resulting gather garnered another strong carry from Adewole and pass to Harry Runham who was unlucky not to score himself but made sure that Michael Courtney could, Slatford adding the extras.
Courtney scored try seven with another weaving run to touch the ball down. The final try of the game being scored by Tom O’Meara whose speed down the wing could not be matched by Stanford and this try was converted by Bobby Watts. It concluded a great day for Romford in front of a large crowd.
Romford & Gidea Park: L.Metcalf (c), T.Adewole, M.Courtney, O.Flower, N.Fragjaj, C.Hardy, S.Kerr, B.Lloyd, A.Olaleye, T.O’Meara, J.Mimms, R.Page, L.Potter, T.Polius, R.Pooley, H.Runham, B.Shawyer, S.Slatford, B.Walton, B.Watts.