Sun 22
ONE Step at a time

ONE Step at a time

By Dave Martin
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Back down to earth with a bang !!

We arrive at Marlow Rugby Club brimming with confidence after a very successful mid-week fixture against Barnet at Saracens. The weather is set-fine and we start the tournament against a competitive but beatable Beaconsfield team. It's a very tight first half with both teams having chances, our closest coming when James Isaacs blocks an attempted kicked clearance only to be pipped to the lose ball by a defender. To be fair Beaconsfield also have a couple of close encounters with our try line but some staunch defending from the whole team keeps the game scoreless at half time. Much to everyones disappointment Fred picks up a leg injury which limits his match time for the rest of the Festival. Our loss is very much the oppositions gain and within a minute of the restart Beaconsfield take the lead. The guys dig-deep and continue to battle with their hard work rewarded after a successful "move " between Tommy and Edward leads to a try from the former - 1-1 and we're back in the game. The rest of the match is nip and tuck; it could have gone either way but disappointingly it's Beaconsfield that create the opening with the game finishing 1-2.

Camelot 1 Beaconsfield 2. Tommy

Having thought the opposition in the first game was pretty strong the size of the task ahead was evident when before our 2nd match OAs beat Beaconsfield 6-0 with the match stopped early.

So, we go into game 2 against Henley, confidence still relatively high having given a good account of ourselves in the first game. The game starts a bit scrappily although we continue to defend well on a wide pitch; not easy. Tommy puts a strong tackle in to break up a Henley attack but as the ball breaks away the kid he tackled appears to kick-out and catches him in the face. Unfortunately the ref misses this foul play and from the lose ball the opposition score. We're rather unjustly 0-1 down to an ungentlemanly piece of play.

From the kick-off we immediately bounce back when the James's combine well to allow James I to score a typical bull-dozing try. Henley score again to make it 1-2 at half-time. The second half starts and we create chances but last minute handling errors cost us dearly and when Henley score a third it looks unlikely that we'll get anything from the game. We're not quitters and our fighting spirit shows through when Edward picks up a lose ball on the left and surges across the line to make the last minute or two interesting. It's not to be however and with two losses from two games we're going to struggle to progress in the competition.

Camelot 2 Henley 3 James I and Ed

I am not going to dwell on games 3 and 4 against Maidenhead and OAs respectively. The scores were 0-6 and 0-7 but the important thing is that our kids were still tackling as hard at the end of the OAs game as they did at the start of the Beaconsfield game. As coaches/parents we can be proud of our kids commitment. We're a small squad, relative to many of the larger rugby clubs we come up against, but we continue to "punch above our weight" and go into next weeks County Festival optimistic that we can do well. Well done to all the players in attendance, Alfie, Caolan, Daisy, Edward, Fred, James I, James N, Ollie, Sam, Seb & Thomas.

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Sun 22, Mar 2015