Earlsdon grow in confidence with every step
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Earlsdon travelled to National League One Club Hinckley and lost 2v0 in the three games played on Sunday, with the other game drawn.
Earlsdon travelled to National League One Club Hinckley and lost 2v0 in the three games played on Sunday, with the other game drawn. It was good to see the fixture back on the agenda.
Earlsdon again were at almost full strength with 10 players. Hinckley had (most of Leicestershire on their team) 26 players. Hinckley fielded strong sides in all of the games especially having some big units in their side. Some of them could pass as u13's.
Hinckley 4 v 2 Earlsdon
Earlsdon were guilty of being asleep in the first minutes of this game as they conceded two quick tries, as Hinckley big units powered their way through the weak tackling of the Earlsdon defence. However this seemed to wake Earlsdon up who continually applied pressure on Hinckley for remainder of the first half and were awarded a try for all their hard work and endeavour by Job Hawker. The second half was a different game with Earlsdon on the front foot, and pulling another try back through Luke Nicholson. Earlsdon continually applied pressure but some excellent last tackling defence kept Joe, Lewis, and William out. All the Earlsdon dominance came to an end as poor handling errors in contact and the good old 'Earlsdon Running Wheel' cost us dearly the ball was ripped out of hand by Hinckley in two good positions with them scoring two tries at the end. There were some excellent tackling and rucking by Joe Barrett, Joe Hawker, Luke Nicholson & William Hayward.
Hinckley 1 v 1 Earlsdon
Earlsdon were dominant in this game scoring a try through Lewis Howells in the first half. Earlsdon passing improved and their tackling was immense. Hinckley came close to scoring in the first half but some magnificent defence by Earlsdon handed the ball back to them as Hinckley were forced into errors. There were some excellent running lines by Lewis Howells, Joe Hawker, Ross Marlow & Ethan. The second half was much the same with little in it from either side. Beth played some good rugby for Earlsdon and put in some excellent tackles. Tempers flared up in the game between both sides but it would be the language from Hinckley that the Earlsdon players complained about. Not in the spirit of mini rugby. But once this was calmed down by the referee both teams got on and played rugby. Earlsdon again showed there dominance in the rucks and in the tackling. However poor running play by Earlsdon (the Earlsdon wheel again) in added time handed the ball to Hinckley who mauled the ball over the line in the 12 minute of the second half.....
Hinckley 3 v 2 Earlsdon
Earlsdon were out on their feet and being able to rotate on only one substitute Earlsdon had to muster up some strength from somewhere to play. Earlsdon again played courageously and fought hard to get the ball, even with the Hinckley big units doing most their play, Earlsdon kept them out time and time again. It was a fantastic effort. At half time Earlsdon were drawing 1v1. Earlsdon started the second half excellently scoring a mauling try from a full 20 metres through Joe Barrett (well deserved). However tired limbs and tired decision making meant that Earlsdon conceded two good tried by Hinckley as they ran out winners 3v2.
Earlsdon finished up on the losing side but their heads and spirits were not down as they played their hearts out and grew in confidence in each and every game. Earlsdon must be one of the fittest teams in the area and with a little more confidence from certain players (Ross & Matty), running straight lines rather than Earlsdon wheels (Marcus, Ethan & Beth) we can expect good things on tour and against OC's.
At the end the Earlsdon players wished Jack Wilson good luck for his forthcoming operation. Good luck Jack, we are all thinking of you.
Players: Lewis Howells, Joe Barrett, Joe Hawker, William Hayward, Luke Nicholson, Marcus Oniell, Matty Simms, Beth Taylor, Ethan & Ross Marlow
Coaches: Melvyn Oniell, Lars Waldron, Paul Hayward & Jack Wilson