Under 14's Last game of the season
Manor Eton Alive!
The under 14's met their local Eton Manor in the season closer and local bragging rites. Both teams were able to field large squads of under 14's for the game and conditions under foot were better than the previous encounter. Wanstead started the first half brightly with some good movement across the backs and the forwards getting into their stride quickly. Pushing the visitors back onto their try line, Wanstead won the first scrum of the day and Alex Philips at number eight picked up and went for the line. The visitors defence appeared to part like the red sea with Moses trying to have a paddle and Wanstead were on their way. Conversion missed in windy conditions.
Eton Manor responded from the restart with some good rugby of their own and looked to have worked an opening down the right wing, a handling error though ended the move and Eton Manor had to eventually settle for a line out. The visitors tried to move the ball out to the opposite wing but met with some great tackling by Mason Noble and Brandon Smith. They released Dylan West who raced away to score a second try for the hosts. Conversion kicked.
Wanstead had their tails up and were looking to put their recent loss against the Manor behind them. Winning a penalty for a high tackle not long after the restart, Harry Turner spotted a gap, dropped a shoulder and went on a solo run for a well deserved try. Conversion missed.
The next restart saw Andrew Jones collect the ball in his own half and run through for another score under the posts. Conversion kicked.
The hosts clearly wanted to put the game out of reach for the visitors in the first half, with the half coming to an end Andrew Jones forced over for his second score of the match. Conversion missed.
Half time 29-0
The second half saw both teams use their substitutes to freshen their teams up and Eton Manor were able to frustrate the hosts with some solid defensive work for large periods of the second half. It took a great solo run from John Ryan to finally break the deadlock in the half, running nearly the whole length of the field. Conversion kicked.
Eton Manor get a consolation score when the Wanstead defence slips and allows the attacker through to score, conversion missed.
With the game coming to an end, Max Cottrell made an important tackle to break up an Eton Manor attack in the Wanstead half and John Ryan found himself in possession again, he made no mistake and ran in his second of the game. Conversion kicked. Final score 43-5
This one was for Louis Freeman, who suffered a back injury earlier in the season.
A thrilling encounter to end the season, the hosts dominating the visitors in all areas. The forwards in particular working hard to make it easy for the backs to get the ball moving and scores on the board. The season has highlighted the team ethic. All the squad being used. At time players playing out of position, but each change made never weakened the side. They move into the next age level promoted, and a strong competitive squad.
Squad: Danny Batstone, Louis Chapman, Max Cottrell, Ronnie Heavey, Alex Jacklin, Andrew Jones, Ryan Loyal, James Mears, Mason Noble, Alex Philips, Sid Robinson, John Ryan, Harvey Saunders, Brandon Smith, Hayden Steel, Patrick Sullivan, Harry Turner, Dylan West, Claude Ngunda, Ziyad Zikrya, Will McAuley, Alfie Breese.