Darfordians Colts U18’s v Trojans Colts U-18’s.
Sunday 28th September 2014 1.00pm
National Colts Cup Round 1
Playing Condition – Hot, Sunny and still
A glorious afternoon welcomed players and spectators to this opening round of the National Colts cup competition. Trojans fielded a relatively young team, with 10 of the starting IV, coming from last years under 16’s. Despite their young average age, Trojans dominated the set plays in the first half, against a well drilled Dartford pack. However, the resulting possession was not used to its full potential. By half time, T’s were 12 points down.
HT Dartfordians U-18’s 12-0 Trojans U-18’s.
Trojans were straight back into this match from the start. A short kick-off, was caught by Dartford. However, their clearing kick was charged down by Max Self, collected by Max Bickford, who raced away to score and convert his try. However, Dartford were soon back dominating territory. T’s were constantly conceding penalties for offside, and Dartford took the opportunity to convert one, and extend their lead. Again, T’s were straight back in the game. T typical battering ram run from Toby Hill, gave Luke Till the space to race in from 40 metres. T’s were still conceding penalties, and this gave Dartford another chance to extend their lead to 4 points. Late on, a rare period of possession for the Trojans backs gave them the chance to grab the lead for the first time. But a dropped pass, with the line in sight, saved Dartford’s day.
Final Score Dartfordians 18 – 14 Trojans
Bickford x 2.
After 4 straight wins, this afternoon’s result was a bit of a disappointment. Trojans were always in the game, but tried to slug it out in open play against a stronger set of forwards. When the backs got the ball, they looked threatening, but they did not get enough opportunities.
Back to league opposition next Sunday. We will have some extra muscle, with the returning U-19’s, and more strength in depth, with James Kingshott and Dan Barnes (last season’s 1st IV Half back pairing) back in training after serious injury. So despite a setback today, we can go into next weekend’s fixture with confidence.
Continually tested by high kicks, he dealt with everything Dartford threw at him.
My Trojans MOTM goes to Connor Jack.