Tadley U16s 20 v Slough U16s 0
After a cracking draw in the away fixture Tadley had been looking forward to this one for a while.
Even though it was a battered squad with this being the 4th league game in a row Tadley got 16 together. Slough had similar issues a run of games had seen casualties but they gamely came away short of players and it was good for Tadley to be able to return the favour after they helped us at there place and lend some players and a 13 a side game took place.
Firm under foot and a big pitch and wide open space was relished by Tadley who played some excellent running rugby, with the midfield pairing of Matt Barclay-Clark & Calum Collington reaping most of the rewards, quite literally in Matts case as he was on a cash per try deal from his dad. Matt ending up with 3 tries Calum with 4.
Other players also got on the score sheet, Jon Warwick picking up from last week started it all with 2 trademark powerful bursts for tries to get Tadley going before Slough hit back with a well worked try of their own at the end of the 1st quarter Tadley lead narrowly but were then pretty much able to take a monopoly of possession thanks to good scrum work from Josh H, Nick & Dan S and 3 more tries followed before the break.
Players were swapped around and Tadley continued, it was really good to see forwards running hard and looking for support, good carries From Liam,Jamie, Bish, Big Josh, Dan S Kept Tadley going forward. In reply Nick had some good charges while guesting for Slough and credit to the visitors who battled gamely all day but in something the Tadley lads are familiar with- when it’s not going your way, nothing goes your way as kicks ahead from Tadley players bounced up kindly and perfectly serviceable kicks from the visitors would bounce wickedly away from their own players into the hands of a Tadley player and Tadley continued to score tries, the pick of them saw Damon getting a good score as reward for an excellent game playing out of position in the backs.
Forward of the Match – Jon W
Back of the match – Matt BC