Finchley U15's make it 3 wins in a row by beating Chingford 34 points to 5
Determination, teamwork and a settled team all contributed to a well deserved victory.
The hallmark of Finchley U15 team's success this year has been the fantastic team spirit and togetherness that the players are showing. It is great to see a team grow together as this one has. This game was well contested by both sides and Chingford showed determination through the whole game and never gave up but found the pace and strength of Finchley difficult to cope with.
Finchley started quickly and put Chingford under pressure from the open kick, allowing Fly half Thomas Linden to weave his way through the defense to score the first of three tries. This was quickly followed up by Kai Akins-Williams steeling the ball in a tackle and going over, Kia also converted his try from wide to the right of the pitch. Finchley could easily have cut lose at this point but a lack of discipline and difficulty in interpreting the referees decisions led to a period of stalemate and eventually to Chingford scoring in the corner to make the score 12 5. Finchley scored once more in the 1st half to make the score 17 points to 5.
In the 2nd half Finchley were more disciplined but after a close range score by Jamarley Richards converted this time by Owen Sexton, Finchley found it difficult to breakthrough that last line of Chingford's defense. In this period however there was some excellent running by the backs including Seb Corbo, Vincent Freeman, Kai Akins-Williams, Devonte Amobi and Boris Hodgson who all regularly broke the gain line.
The forwards were always in control of the scrums and the front five that at various times comprised Guiseppe Flori,Jamarley Richards,Bart Greally, Ronan Heekin,Kit Nyman-McKnight,Albjon Voksh and Sam Mashadi were very good pushing Chingford back on several occasions. Albjon who in just his 2nd game is developing all the time and clearly has the makings of a good prop. Ronan showed his versatility playing hooker, 2nd row and Prop at various times.
Finchley is fortunate to have the services of two club stalwarts Teddy Tatford and Theo Hart who in many ways are the backbone of this side. They are both playing in the back row this season and both are doing a tremendous job in leading by their fantastic determination. Be it steeling balls from mauls, getting to breakdowns early or running with the ball both are great and both contributed massively to this game.
Bonner Stone's season goes from strength to strength and in this game he played as both 9 and 7 and was again very high on the tackle count. Similarly Joe Granger showed versatility playing Wing, Center and scrum half with some tremendous passing from 9 in the 2nd half.
In this game its hard to single out a man of the match there were many great performances and individual efforts, but for scoring three tries Tom marginally wins it this week.