Tough start to Div 1 Campaign
By Brian Mitchell
Work to do.
With the sun out on a sunny HT holiday Sunday, was set fair for our first HML game of the season, AWAY to Cheshunt. An 8 try spectacle unfortunately weighted to our hosts who were stronger in defence, we were a slower in setting guards that cost us a couple tries in itself. Work to do on tackling, with improvement in set-piece one positive, and some individual running, as we stayed in touch at 3 - 12 at oranges, (with cards shown to both sides).
Gaps opened up in second half though, and although we kicked positionaly well, with some good periods our two tries were cancelled out with Cheshunt breaking the defensive line out wide in 2nd / 3rd phases too often. Work to do on the training pitch ahead of our next fixture vs London Irish on the 25th November but a fun first U17's run-out.
A tough baptism for some of our upcoming squad players, with a number of absences / injuries pre-during the match, (get well soon Adam Oakey in particular).
Adam Mehmet & Matthew Precious
Penalty & two Conversions: