Wanstead up for the cup.
The under 16’s visit near neighbours Chingford
Wanstead up for the cup.
The under 16’s visited near neighbours Chingford on Sunday morning for a cup tie with a 19 man squad that were already on an impressive unbeaten run and they didn’t disappoint with a determined display against the hosts who looked to be missing key members of the squad but still fielded a strong, capable looking team.
The early exchanges of the game saw Wanstead set their stall out with some determined running from Vasile Savin and Deandre Silcott, moving the play deep into the hosts half. Andre Eversley was on hand to push over to open the scoring, not converted. Within minutes of the restart, Wanstead had added to their score, winning a scrum inside the Chingford half Harry Gipson saw an opportunity to pick and go, not converted.
A misfired kick from the restart handed another opportunity for Wanstead to work into the hosts half. Luc McNally-Drew appeared to have worked himself an opening but was forced out of play. The respite was short lived for Chingford however as Dan Sacks drove over the line which was further extending with a conversion kick.
Deandre Silcott was once again busy down the left wing with another probing run that caused issues for the hosts, they manged to come away with the ball but ran in Andre Eversley who stopped the move with a great tackle. The ball ran free and the onrushing Tom Driver couldn’t capitalise.
Chingford managed to win a scrum just inside their half but the Wanstead forwards powered over to give an easy chance for Harry Gipson to add to the score. Conversion missed.
Chingford were struggling to get out of their own half relying on handling errors from Wanstead to give them the ball and an opportunity to push the visitors back into their own half. They were struggling to get the ball out wide as the Heron forward pack worked hard to breakdown anything they started. The managed to get close to the try line and won a couple of penalties but they still couldn’t get over the line. Gabriel Weeden spoiling at every opportunity with some great defensive work. Chingford managed to stem the free scoring Herons but as the half was nearing its end, Gabriel Weeden broke down the right wing, he went close but once again Harry Gipson was on hand to complete the move. Converted.
Half time: 29-0
Wanstead started to rotate their squad, something they have been unable to do in recent games and gave a break to some members of the team. The second half followed the same pattern as the first, Chingford feeding Wanstead errors and unable to get any worthwhile moves completed. Wanstead though, continued to move the ball around freely and looked eager to extend their lead.
Chingford won a line out near their try line, a sloppy throw was missed by all, only the quick thinking Harry Gipson was alert, he collected the ball and ran in another try. Conversion missed. Chingford kept going, the next attempt at moving into the Wanstead half was met by yet another Andre Eversley tackle, Sam McCarthy collected the loose ball and made good ground before the ball is forced out of play. Another poor line out from the hosts saw Andre Eversley steal the ball and score his second of the tie. Conversion kicked.
Dan Grech, Luc McNally-drew and Harry Gipson finally completed the rout with three more tries before the whistle for full time was sounded. Luc McNally-Drew ending the tie with five successful conversions.
Louis Chapman, Tom Driver, Andre Eversley, Deniz Fair, Harry Gipson, Dan Grech, Nick Green, Kyle Jones, Faraj Kamuss, Todor Kosev, Sam McCarthy, Luc McNally-Drew, Louis Padfield, Jay Pandhal, Dan Sacks, Vasile Savin, Deandre Silcott, Gabriel Weeden, Connor Welley-Hardy, Christian Woodroofe.
Harry Gipson, 5
Andre Eversley, 2
Luc McNally-Drew (+ 5 conversions)