moved the ball out along to Tom Gardner who was straight up to the 5 m line; Bedford then moved the ball out to the wing but the flow of play was halted. Bedford won the ball from the scrum and seconds later Jamie Fullen
crossed the line. At the restart, although Ealing retrieved the ball and won the subsequent scrum, Bedford pushed to control play and manouevred to a line out. Co-ordinated play between Tom Evans
, Stanley Marginson
and Josh Conroy
was to test Ealing, and forced the visitors to kick to try to retain territory. Ealing won the lineout, and started to push up the field, Alex Lising-White halted their progress with a well timed tackle. Tom Evans
secured the ball and kicked to clear. Bedford chased the ball up the field, and in the scramble for the ball Ealing picked it up but Stanley Marginson
incepted a short pass and was able to move the ball out to Jamie Fullen
, across to Lee Tribe
and over to the far side for Josh Conroy
to cross the line. This was quickly followed up by another try for Josh Conroy
on the back of tight play by Alex Lising-White, Massimo D'ailoa-Thompson and Jamie Fullen
. Bedford's play flowed across the ptich with seeming ease.
At the restart, Ealing attempted to move up the pitch, however Bedford turned over the ball and Stanley Marginson
passed to James White
. Ealing put in tackles but Tom Gardner secured the ball and moved it to over to Alex Lising-White. Alex chip kicked over Ealing and commenced the chase however Ealing gathered the ball and were forced to touch it down. At the 5m scrum, Tom Evans
moved the ball out to Stanley Marginson
, and then over to Tom Gardner who scored.
Bedford kept the pressure on at the restart and Jamie Fullen
secured the ball and moved up the pitch, at the breakdown Tom Evans
kicked the ball across the pitch, and whilst Ealing gathered the ball, Josh Conroy
was immediately on top of them to push them out of play. Bedford secured the ball from the lineout, Stanley Marginson
passed to Lee Tribe
; Tribe kicked it over to Alex Lising-White, and then it was moved back across to Tom Gardner who drove up the pitch in the middle of a maul. Bedford was able to get the ball out to Stanley Marginson
who gave it a kick and chip which Josh Conroy
chased, but ultimately the ball was lost at the breakdown.
From the lineout, Ealing kicked to clear, Josh Conroy
picked it up and ran across the pitch to offload to Alex Lising-White. Ealing won a penalty from which they moved the ball up the pitch as Bedford scrambled to slow them until a great tackle by Tom Garnder stopped their progress. From the lineout Ealing got the ball out but a flawed pass saw Ben Minnie slide to the ground to secure it for Bedford. The half finished as a pressured Ealing kicked the ball off the pitch.
Half time score: Bedford 15B 20-0 Ealing 15
The start to the second half was dramatic as within minutes of play, Josh Conroy
had chased down the ball from a kick and attempted to ground it; unfortunately, the decision was the ball was held up. Ealing started to fight back and Bedford needed to defend their territory. Ealing were successful and had worked up to Bedford's 5 m line and in a scramble on the goal line, Ealing secured a try which was converted.
At the subsequent re-start, Bedford were keen to keep in the game. Ealing could only kick for territory, however Jacob Finney
was able to collect the ball and moved play back into Ealing's half; however the ball went out of play. From the lineout, Ealing won the ball initially but Bedford's solid tackling gained them the ball back. Another lineout on Ealing's 22, Massimo D-aloia Thompson secured the ball, moved it out to Tom King. Tom King drove toward the line but was stopped. Bedford retained possession and Tom Evans
moved the ball to Will Reynolds
who progressed up the centre of the pitch. At the breakdown Tom Evans
passed to Massimo D'Ailoa-Thompson and then over to Jordan Clare who was swiftly tackled. Bedford was now back on the attack which forced Ealing to kick for clearance. Jacob Finney
picked it up and brought it back up the pitch, over to Jamie Fullen
, then James White
, Stanley Marginson
then kicked and chased but Ealing ultimately kicked the ball out of the pitch. The Bedford line out was on the halfway line, James White
collected it and drove forward, offloaded to Massimo D'aloia-Thompson
and another penalty was awarded to Bedford. Stanley Marginson
kicked the ball, Ealing recovered and progressed up the pitch; Bedfords' forwards worked hard to contain them, Bedford's tackles were fast and contained play such that Ealing did not make any ground. Ealing kicked high ball, neatly caught by Jacob Finney
, he moved up offloaded to Tom Gardner, to Stanley Marginson
and then to Lee Tribe
, who moved it out to Jamie Fullen
. Jamie Fullen
crossed the line. Converted by Lee Tribe
At the re-start, Ealing's ball didn't cover 10m, Bedford won the resulting scrum, and moved the ball out to Tom Gardner, Ealing tackled and the ball was collected from the ground by Charlie Mason
, who offloaded to Tom Evans
. Tom Evans
kicked across the pitch but just missed Tom King and the ball went into touch. Ealing's put in to the 5m lineout was not straight and Bedford chose a scrum which was moved to the opposite side of the pitch due to the conditions. Bedford won the scrum, Stanley moved the ball to Tom Gardner, who wove his way to the line and round the back of the posts to score; converted by Lee Tribe
Jordan Clare collected the ball from the restart and started to make progress but Ealing kept the tackles coming. Ealing was awarded a penalty which they kicked for territory and gained a lineout on Bedford's 22. Ealing's throw in was again not straight and Bedford's scrum allowed Will Reynolds
to take the ball up the pitch, he was tackled and the loose ball was scooped up by Tom Gardner. A maul formed, Ealing got the ball out but it quickly ended up loose on the ground again. There were a couple of attempts to kick it along the ground and Bedford knocked on. Ealing won their scrum kicked high and off the pitch. At the lineout, Lee Tribe
took the ball and passed to Stanley Marginson
, and in quick succession over to Tom Gardner and then to Tom King; Bedford were camped on Ealing's 5m line again.
The next phase brought the ball back to the centre of the pitch and it ended in Ealing's hands with a scrum. Pitch conditions meant scrums were now uncontested and Ealing retained the ball and kicked it across the pitch where it was collected by Jacob Finney
. Jacob Finney
moved up and offload to Jordan Clare; a scrag tackle on Jordan Clare was amusing to watch but Ealing gained the benefit of a penalty and chose to kick the ball out of play. From the lineout, Bedford added to the pressure and Alfie Santaniello scored a try near the corner (not converted) which concluded the match.
Final score: Bedford U15B 39-7 Ealing U15
, Jamie Fullen
and Tom Gardner were formidable today and their individual runs deserve special mention. The skills of the team are coming through and today was a true full team effort; your training is definitely paying off. The weather today certaintly suited Tom Gardner's playing style; and Jamie well done for continuing to play even though you sustained a thumb injury.
Tries: Jamie Fullen
(2), Josh Conroy
(2), Tom Gardner (2), Alfie Santaniello.
Conversions: Lee Tribe