Upminster make progress

PUBLISHED: 14:58 13 November 2010

Nigerians knocked out of Vase

Upminster produced a good all-round display to beat London Nigerian 27-0 and book their place in the next round of the Senior Vase at Hall Lane.

Attacking up the slope in the first half, the hosts had a let-off as Nigerians missed an early penalty.

A nasty facial injury to Neil Hutchison saw Matt Southgate come off the bench for his debut and Jamie Pavitt’s penalty opened the scoring soon after.

Both sides missed further kicks at goal before the break, but after a couple of changes during the interval, Upminster turned their dominance into points in the second half.

Craig Portsmouth took a short pass 10 metres out and crashed over for Upminster’s first try, which Pavitt converted, and the visitors were reduced to 14 men from the restart after a high tackle on Mark Everitt.

A catch and drive move at the lineout saw captain Paul McLeavy go over in the corner to make it 15-0 and a fine backs move allowed Tony Norton to touch down out wide.

Nick Hrvey went close to a debut try, but was ruled in touch just short of the line, but Portsmouth went under the posts for his second score, which Pavitt converted to complete the tally and set up a trip to Teddington later this month.

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