Upminster take weeked off after derby joy
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 September 2018
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Hall Lane club won 36-7 at Old Brentwoods last Saturday
Upminster take the weekend off from action in Essex Canterbury Jack One with no league game scheduled.
The Hall Lane outfit had this weekend been due to host Stanford-le-Hope, who withdrew from the league before the start of the campaign.
That leaves Upminster with a gap in their diary ahead of visiting Harwich & Dovercourt on October 6.
The Hall Lane outfit head into their mini-break off the back of a 36-7 victory away to Old Brentwoods last weekend.
Upminster started brightly, getting plenty of ball on the front foot with some strong running from Grant Lowe gaining a penalty.
Dan Webber and Jake Jones were quick to react and the latter dived over the line to get the first points on the board, with Chris Lamb adding the conversion.
The score remained that way until the 36th minute when Old Brentwoods capitalised on a mistake to score a try under the posts, with the extras added to level the scores.
That seemed to spark the Hall Lane club back into life, with a Webber try just before the interval seeing them lead 12-7 at the break.
Upminster started the second period in similar fashion to how they finished the first, with Lamb adding a penalty to extend the visitors’ advantage.
Replacement George Cox scored the third try for the Hall Lane side on the hour mark, with Lamb adding the extras to make it 22-7.
With the hosts now struggling to keep up with the visitors, Upminster secured the bonus point when Alfie Simmonett crossed after several phases of play.
Lamb converted Simmonett’s effort, and also added the extras after a fifth try for the Hall Lane club was scored by Jack Goldrick.
It was a fine derby win for Upminster and one that will surely bolster the team’s confidence in the early weeks of the campaign.
The Hall Lane outfit will also be buoyed by their lofty position in the standings, with the triumph away to Old Brentwoods lifting them up to second.
Upminster will now look to use their break wisely to ensure they are in good shape for their game on October 6.