Romford & Gidea Park’s youngsters produce stunning performance to pick up Essex Cup Plate silverware

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 April 2017

Romford & Gidea Park's under-16 squad face the camera (pic: Stewart Stevens).

Romford & Gidea Park's under-16 squad face the camera (pic: Stewart Stevens).


Crow Lane club’s talented under-11s also catch the eye at Essex Mini Festival last Sunday at Westcliff

Romford & Gidea Park’s under-16 team ended the campaign with silverware after beating Chingford in the final of the Essex Cup Plate last weekend.

Park started strongly as Tyler Ford opened the sco-ring with Tom Medaglia adding the extras.

Callum Fahy finished off a decent move after with Medaglia converting the conversion, but Chingford replied with a penalty.

Park’s Peter Adeoye then scored a fantastic third try with Medaglia successful with the extras.

Captain Cameron Petrie got in on the act soon after, going over in the corner, with the conversion added.

There was some brief respite for Chingford, as they added a penalty to make the score 28-6.

But Park were not ready to let up as Joseph Piercy crossed over.

Seyi Ajeigbe got on the scoresheet for Park after the interval, but this time Medaglia failed with the conversion and the contest suddenly turned scrappy.

Park still managed to add a couple more tries before full-time with Ford going over and Daniel Fox adding the extras.

Piercy grabbed Park’s final try of the game and the season, as they triumphed 52-6.

Romford & Gidea Park’s under-11 team enjoyed themselves at the Essex Mini Festival on Sunday at Westcliff.

The Crow Lane youngsters played five games, winning two, losing two and drawing one.

Park were beaten in their first Pool B match against Woodford, but only after a brave fight.

Kyian Jeffery grabbed a try for the Crow Lane club, but they conceded in the last play of the game to suffer a 2-1 defeat.

The next match saw Park face another tough side in Brentwood, but this time they came out on top.

Shayden Smith, Ben Okonkwo grabbed tries with Jeffery in on the act again in a 3-1 triumph.

A solitary score from Jayden Smith in Park’s next game with Ongar saw both sides take a share of the spoils.

But the Crow Lane club went try crazy against Basildon and crossed over six times in a crushing victory.

Zack McClenaghan grabbed a hat-trick with Cameron Tucker, Warren Petrie and Smith getting in on the act.

Park’s final game ended on a frustrating note, as they couldn’t find a way past the Chelmsford defence.

Both teams pushed each other to the limit and chances were at a premium throughout the game.

It was Chelmsford who made the breakthrough and it finished 1-0 to Park’s Essex rivals.

While it was a frustrating end to a successful Festival, Park could be proud of their efforts.

Romford & Gidea Park: Finlay McKeown, Warren Petrie, Albert Puddyford, Freddie French, Charles Stacey, William Huntingford, Daniel Bamford, Zack McClenaghan, Shayden Smith, Bobby Morley, Oliver Grundy, Norton Tully, Jayden Theron, Ben Okonkwo, Kyian Jeffrey, Cameron Tucker.

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