Newham Dockers U14s put up an impressive display against Richmond Warriors, in their second meeting this season. The Dockers team showed spells of real class which tested their more experienced opponents, but ultimately lacked fitness to compete until the final whistle.
The game started badly for Newham, with Richmond scoring two tries in the first five minutes, leaving the Dockers shell-shocked. They managed to claw their way back into the game when debutant Brad Rackham showed great strength to power over the line from close range and leave the score at 12-6 to Richmond.
Some strong work in defence from tyron lukun
and dovydas jankauskas
helped the Dockers regain their composure, and the Newham side were right back in the game when a piece of individual brilliance from the Richmond side led to them scoring out wide to take a 16-6 lead.
Not to be outdone, substitute Owen Flindall picked up the ball on the halfway line and found a gap before sprinting through and scoring under the posts for Newham’s second try of the day. anthony sinclair
added the extras to leave the score 16-12 to Richmond at half-time.
The second half started with Richmond catching the Dockers side napping, posting an early try out wide which brought the score to 20-12, putting two scores between the sides.
This deficit was cut almost instantly, as the impressive Jeffrey Nguede powered through the Richmond defence to score an unconverted try, leaving the game in the balance at 20-16 to Richmond.
Some strong running from alfie sillitoe
and yhoni bayona
helped the Dockers cause, taking them up the pitch and giving the Newham side the opportunity to build pressure, but the Richmond defence stood firm and kept the Dockers at bay.
As the game moved into its last quarter, Richmond showed their quality by running in four converted tries which showed impressive speed, handling skill and support play, leaving the final score at 44-16 to the side from south west London.
Despite the loss, Dockers coach Chris Williams was positive about the performance: ‘ We played Richmond in our first league game, and we got beaten pretty heavily that day. Today we scored some great tries and showed how much we’ve improved by keeping them from scoring for long periods of time. If we can continue to improve our defence and fitness we’ll be an even tougher proposition for other teams in the London Junior League.’
For more information about Newham Dockers, please contact Chris Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org.