Upminster u15’s win 24 – 5 away to Braintree
U15 match report written by Matthew Jolly
Upminster u15’s travelled to Braintree to challenge them on their home turf.
Upminster put Braintree under pressure right from the off. After only five minutes and several phases, Will Marshall, put a clever grubber through their fractured defence only to chase it down himself and put it down in Braintree’s scoring zone for a try and kicking the conversion.
Just before half time, Findlay Gilmour scooped up the ball in Braintree’s 22 and had a clear run to the line and brought the points tally up to 12-0.
Just after half time the score was upped yet again to 17-0 through Joe Davies. Half way through the second half Upminster was awarded a penalty. Will Marshall kicked into Braintree’s half where it was picked up by Mitchell Lacey - thanks to a misjudgement by the Braintree winger, and run in for another try to Upminster which in turn ticked the scoreboard over yet again- to make it 22-0 and then a further 2 points where added courtesy of the right boot of Will Marshall from the tee.
Despite Upminster’s intense defence, Braintree scored in the final minute of the game thanks to a driving maul from a lineout, which let Braintree through a gap and over the line despite the best efforts of Upminster to hold him up.
Throughout the whole game: Josh Biggs was great under the high ball, Mitchell Lacey, Jack Wood-Murphy, Alfie Jiggins and Luke Peckett were consistently strong runners and tacklers, and all of the forwards were consistently making strong and efficient clear-outs.