Romford youngsters earn win over Epping Upper Clapton
PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 April 2017
Romfod & GP 29 Epping Upper Clapton 22
Romford & Gidea Park under-14s got the better of their Epping Upper Clapton rivals at Crow Lane.
The Sharks had a few absentees and started the game with only 13 players but they immediately took the game to their opponents from the kick off and when the ball was passed to full back Harry Wright, he raced past the Clapton defence to open the scoring within the first minute.
Fly-Half Brandan Farrant successfully converted the try and Romford extended their lead when Wright ran through for his second try with less than three minutes gone.
Another Farrant conversion made it 14-0, but the visitors came into the game a bit more and were rewarded when one of their backs sped down the left wing to touch down, with the conversion successfully added.
Epping Upper Clapton went over again soon after, following a good spell of play, to cut the gap to just two points, but the Sharks regrouped and took control with some strong tackling and powerful running from midfield.
And a great team move just before the interval was finished off by flanker Harrison Sykes, who powered over the line to put Park 19-12 up.
The hosts continued to look dangerous after the restart and centre Sam Brindle burst through to drive over for a try and open up a 12-point lead.
But the away team had another good spell of pressure and scored two tries in the space of five minutes to get back to within two points.
Romford had the final say, though, when they were awarded a penalty near their opponent’s line and moevd the ball along the line after a quick tap for scrum-half Toby McCloud to dive over and seal victory.
Romford: Harry McVelia, Adam Courtney, Cameron Taylor, Ronnie Brooks, Luke Williams, Harrison Sykes, Toby McCloud, Brandan Farrant, Robson Burke, Sam Brindle, Dylan Ellis, Matthew James, Harry Wright.
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