Upminster U14s beat Romford
Great Strength shown by Upminster
URFC Under 14s take to the field for our 2nd "league" game against fierce local rivals Romford. Games between these 2 sides are always a close affair and this was to be no different.
Following a narrow 5-0 defeat on game day 1 to Braintree. U's arrived at Crow Lane convinced they could right the errors of last season and leave with the W.
As the home team Romford started quickly and threw all they could at us but a consistent defence structure built a wall they couldn't break.
With the forwards dominating the scrums, and backs keeping a tight defensive line there was very little Romford could do offensively. As the half worn on it was clear to all that Upminster were the fitter & stronger outfit & that this game was there to take.
Although Romford were by far the happier to hear the HT whistle & get in at 0-0.
Upminster started the 2nd half in control & following a great whole team move thought they had scored only for the try to be correctly disallowed after great work to get under the ball from the defender.
However from the resultant scrum No 8 George Hughes picked at the back and burrowed over for a well deserved lead. Jack Baird nailed a successful conversion from a tight angle.
Upminster kept the pressure on pushing Romford back time after time and following some quick hands new lad Jason ran through for second & his first URFC try.
A tight spell of possession & the only time Upminster lost their defence structure led to a breakaway try for Romford with the player expertly running 3/4 of the pitch to score under the posts setting up an easy conversion and a tense finish.
Upminster rallied despite the setback of the try and kept Romford on the back foot and turned over their scrum to finish the game deserved winners.
A deserved win for the lads who are starting to take on board what they are learning on the training ground. The positive stuff & their efforts are starting to show through
Well done lads - let's go again
Man of the Match was Alfie Rawe for his great tackling and player tracking