FIVE tries win it for Camelot
7 players on county duty, yet Under 14's show strength in depth
Camelot Under 14's can sympathise with Aviva Premiership clubs looking to cope whilst their star players are away on international duty, the boys in blue & white went into this game with an impressive 7 (SEVEN) players away on county duty, whilst a couple of further absentees stretched the squad to a bear 15 for the friendly clash with Chesham.
This was a day for the newer and less experienced players to step up to the plate, take some additional responsibility, get involved in aspects of the game they may not be used to, stay focused on the pitch for the full 50 minutes, manage the game amongst themselves and, although nobody wanted to admit it, keep the winning run going!
The team took to the field with nerves evident though balanced by the excitement and opportunity of greater involvement in the match. A good start was important. Early exchanges saw possession change hands regularly as both sides looked to settle on the ball...then came the first sucker punch. An excellent interception allowed the Chesham player to break through the line and score under the posts with ease. The conversion was made, and Chesham led 7-0.
A time for character to shine through, certainly no time for heads to drop, and they didn't. The Forwards were dominating the scrum with Connor adapting to Scrum Half superbly to move the ball swiftly and help Camelot push up over the gain line. It needed something special to go those extra yards and, not for the first time in the day, it came from the strength, speed and power of Thomas who created his own space with some strong hand offs before touching down over the line. Despite the conversion being missed, Camelot were back in it at 5-7.
This gave the team a lift, the belief was there and despite the need for some decisive late tackles from Jack, Alex and Thomas, Camelot were enjoying more of the possession and it was only a matter of time before this time John burst his way through to score the second of the day. Again the conversion was missed, but going into the half-time break it was the home side that led 10-7.
After the break Camelot shifted up another gear and two further tries from Thomas, the first following an excellent turnover in the ruck that opened up the space and the second another great show of strength, saw the gap open to 24-7 and the result effectively decided.
Camelot continued to dominate and scored another when John found himself breaking the defensive line on the half-way line, out-pacing the chasing defender to score Camelot's fifth of the day.
Chesham never gave up and their defence worked hard, looking to seek out opportunities for a breakaway try, but Woody at Full Back was giving them no rest with some superb catches and surging runs that just kept the pressure piling on. However, it was Chesham who recorded the last score of the day, a well-worked try that finished in the corner leaving little chance of scoring the conversion as the final whistle blew before the game could be restarted.
It was a gallant effort by the team, a demonstration of the squad depth that has been built and another excellent all round team effort. Player of the Week went to Woody, controlling the backline, dealing with any potential pressure from kicks and ground gaining runs that helped build further attacks.
FT: Camelot 29-12 Chesham
Tries: Thomas 3, John 2
Conversions: Thomas 2