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Senior Academy (U18) - Match centre

Enfield Ignatians RFC
Barnet
Sun 2 Dec 11:00 - League Full time

MAGNIFICENT TEN EMBRACE UNEQUAL STRUGGLE AS BARNET CLEAN UP

writes Jonathan Landi

HERTS-MIDDLESEX U18S DIVISION FOUR

MAGNIFICENT TEN EMBRACE UNEQUAL STRUGGLE AS BARNET CLEAN UP

ENFIELD IGNATIANS U18S 0 BARNET U18S 33

An eerie atmosphere descended upon Donkey Lane. Intermittent rain interspersed by an occasional burst of sunshine, gave rise to a mystery of Picnic In Hanging Rock proportions as to the fate of the team’s five missing team-mates.

Coach Steve Renny was beside himself in frustration as all attempts to make contact via that much cherished implement, the mobile phone, literally fell on deaf ears. The McCall father and son back-up[ team also stirred uneasily and were reportedly heard to mutter in Esperanto. The plot was thickening.

Despite the numerical deficit, the game miraculously still went ahead following Barnet’s sporting decision to match the Ignatians’ complement by fielding only ten players. The visitors made the short haul trip with 18 players

Clear underdogs, if recent results were anything to go by, Ignatians scrapped mightily in the close quarter exchanges with Matteo Ferrari, Dan Redding and Angelo Dineen really putting themselves about.

However, a static defensive line ushered in Barnet’s first try, and the visitors doubled their lead after being awarded a penalty try following an accidental trip by the tenacious Ferrari.

Ignatians also readily embraced the festive season too readily and a miscued touchfinder was eagerly devoured by Barnet, with the try scorer stepping four players on the way to the line.

The blue and golds did have a couple of chances and Dan Redding’s decision to kick over the defensive line almost paid off – only for the onrushing attacker to be beaten by the bounce of the ball on a couple of occasions.

To compound matters for the magnificent ten, they suffered further depletion of their numbers after Odane Linton was forced off after nursing a sore jaw.

The magnificent nine embraced the heroic struggle in the second period, and none more so than returning prop Jed Getling and Stanley Adepegba-Ogidan. The combative Anthony Cabaco even got over the line only to have his try disallowed for a knock-on.

However, once Barnet moved the ball away from the point of contact, Ignatians were in trouble and two further tries sealed the deal for the visitors.

Coach Steve Renny said: “It was always going to be a tough task and the ten that turned up were all warriors. The players tackled their hearts out and never let their heads drop.”

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

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