Stratford hosted Earlsdon at Pearcecroft on Sunday
Stratford hosted Earlsdon at Pearcecroft on Sunday on a dry, still morning ideal for rugby. Stratford quickly became encamped in the Earlsdon half but determined defence by the visitors kept them at bay throughout the first quarter. The home side's determination to move the ball at every opportunity saw great runs from outside backs James Rogers, Jonny Smith, Alex Griffiths and Luke Coltman and some fine offloading in the tackles kept the ball alive at every opportunity. Flanker Max Hammond eventually broke their duck after the ball had been recycled through several phases and driven forward through good work by Harry Kay, Alex Fisher and Ollie Edkins. James Urquhart slotted home the conversion. A second followed soon after with an excellent blind
side break off the back of a scrum by no 8 Lawrence Matthews and a well
timed pass which put Charles Powell clear to run in unopposed. Earlsdon
played a full part in the game with determined defence throughout and got their reward just before half time when a misunderstanding at a lineout in the Stratford 22 gave them an easy try.
Stratford continued to dominate possession and territory after the break
with skipper Ben Cole and Chris Mansfield particularly prominent in the
loose. An Earlsdon clearance failed to make touch. Urquhart and Max
Pemberton ran the ball back into their 22 before Hammond added his second touchdown of the game. Late tries from JACK GOSBELL and super sub Jacob Slaughter sealed the win as a brave Earlsdon defence tired. Urquhart added another conversion. This maintains the U17s unbeaten record this season; a tribute to the tremendous commitment of a small but united and determined group of players who are growing with confidence all the time.