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Colts lose unbeaten status

Last Updated: Oct 9, 2013 02:06pm
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Colts lose unbeaten status but still show improvement

Evesham Colts travelled to Hereford and lost their unbeaten status in a 29-22 defeat.

The home team were good value for their North Midland’s League win, but Evesham’s young guns pushed them close in a fast-paced match played in glorious conditions well-suited to attacking rugby.
The visitors started as if they were still in the changing rooms, gifting Hereford an early unconverted try. However, the alarm call worked as Evesham slowly began to gain control of the game. They looked to move forward through successive phases of play, with ball-carrying forwards Dom Berry, James Roberts, Alex Stoddart and Connor Greatrix to the fore. Wilf Watson was most prominent in the back-line, with James Bishop offering good support at the breakdown. Jordan Griffiths had a couple of darts down the left-wing and Ash Icke came close to scoring from a tap penalty. Ash Charlton linked-up play effectively at scrum-half giving the team plenty of go-forward, but despite the control shown, Evesham didn’t really threaten the try-line in the first-half. Instead they were helped out by a string of penalties given away by the home team in kickable range. James Bishop kicked one and Mike Harris two, to give the visitors a 5-9 lead. Hereford hit-back with a converted try, slightly against the run of play, taking advantage of some poor defensive organisation to regain the lead 12-9. A lead which should have been nullified before the break as Harris slotted another penalty, but the touch judge inexplicably disallowed it.
The second-half started like the first, with an early try to Hereford, this time they made the conversion and, more crucially, retained control of the game. Charlton, did keep Evesham in it with a couple of penalty kicks, but Hereford were the more attacking side, running with pace and purpose to stretch Evesham’s defence. It held for a while, with Iain Stoddart, Kieron Nicholls, Fred Hopper, Icke and Watson all making good tackles, but eventually ruptured as the home-side ran in two unconverted tries for a 29-15 lead with 10 minutes to go. Evesham now looked tired and were the team conceding the most penalties, but to their credit, they came back into it. Good work by Ben Middlicott, stealing the ball in a tackle, eventually led to an attacking Evesham scrum in front of the posts. With big Adam Johnson back on the pitch, winning the scrum wasn’t in doubt. Harris received clean ball on the openside, but quickly switched it blind for Watson to run on to, the centre drew in three defenders and offloaded one-handed to Middlicott to score. Harris made the conversion, which effectively earned Evesham a losing bonus point as they were unable to score further points despite showing good endeavour.
Fred Hopper won the Man-of-the-Match award, he was quietly efficient in the second-row all game, making numerous tackles, clearing-out multiple rucks and making a good break in the first-half. The defeat aside, Evesham did show improvement in certain areas, since their last league outing, the scrum in particular was solid. They hope to bounce-back to winning ways at Wolverhampton next week.


Great win starts the U15s in the North Mids. Cup competition!

by Phil Harvey

This was a massive team effort by the Claret and Blues

This was a massive team effort by the Claret and Blues. In the first quarter their pack was rampant winning clean ball in the ruck and the set piece. And so it was with Josh Hartland,Marcus Harris and Lewis Garood driving forward, creating more pressure, that the first try was produced, with Jack Richardson going over in the corner.
Try as they might the visitors could not get into the game, as each of their attacks broke down in the face of solid Evesham tackling, Finley Breech set his backs off on another counter attack. In yet another melee on the Shrewsbury line, Lewis Woodford ripped clear and crashed over the line for their second.
Early in the second half Shrewsbury scored a well worked try down the left wing which was converted. In reply Kieran Raymer charged (yet again) through three defenders to score the Avon Siders third. The last ten minutes saw huge pressure applied to Evesham’s line with the ball held up on two occasions, in the dying seconds Shrewsbury at last managed to score their second.


Evesham U9s Up Their Game

by David Snell

Another beautiful Autumn’s morning greeted the U9s as they played their first home fixture of the season against a tough Bredon outfit.

Evesham had some work to do to improve on their first outing at Shipston the previous week but work they did and the signs were encouraging.
Two mixed Evesham sides played the first set of games. The Tigers faced the stronger Bredon side and were made to work hard for the whole game. There was little quarter given by either side but Bredon’s persistent tackling and some pacey attacking play gave them the edge. Evesham managed to stay in touch throughout the game with tries from Laurie Checkley (2), Dan Lee andDexter Shears. Checkley backed this up again with some great tackling and he was ably supported by Owen Bates and Bailey Matthews.
The Lions side faced a slightly weaker Bredon outfit but their spirit was just as impressive and made for a very entertaining game. Evesham got the scoring started and built a small lead thanks to tries from Ed Cook (2) and the very impressive Miller Willis (2). Bredon came back to get to within one try but late scores from Tommy Boorman (2) meant Evesham came through 6-4.
Some reorganisation of teams on both sides led to two much more one sided games. Evesham roared to a 15-0 success in one game with Ed Thompson (4), Miller Willis (3), Tristan Evans-Cook(2), Toby Jones (2) all among the try scorers. It was a slightly different story on the other pitch where, despite the consistent efforts of Owen Bates, Dexter Shears and Will Farr, Evesham couldn’t get on the scoresheet and went down 0-10.
Deserved man of the match awards went to Miller Willis for his excellent all round play and Dexter Shears who’s effort and quality of play was impressive all day.
There were definite signs of what Evesham can achieve with marked improvement on the previous week and they can look forward to the visit of Alcester next week with optimism.


Under 8s show improvement

by Ben Salcedo

The Under 8s squad hosted local rivals Bredon on a lovely morning at the Avon-side club. The squad split into two teams and had mixed success against good opponents, results and match statistics are listed below. 
Team 1 had the best of the action, particularly in their first match which was a thriller. The whole team showed much improvement over their performances from last season, with all players tagging and supporting each other well. Harry Wycherley, Cameron Robbins, Anton De Vos and Nick Bell all starred with some excellent runs.
Team 2 didn't quite gel as well as Team 1, but there is a whole season ahead for this to improve. Individually Luke Tegg stood out, with Ethan Corbett and Luke Drayton also getting on the scoresheet.

Team 1 Results:
Evesham 7 v 7 Bredon
Evesham 2 v 5 Bredon
Team 1 Players (tries scored):
Harry Wycherley (5)
Harry Downing (0)
Nick Bell (0)
George Maskell (0)
Anton De Vos (1)
Cameron Brydon (2)
Cameron Robbins (0)
Joshua Neal (1)
Team 2 Results:
Evesham 3 v 9 Bredon
Evesham 2 v 5 Bredon
Team 2 Players (tries scored):
Ethan Corbett (1)
Felix Hyett (0)
Jake Kinnersley (0)
Luke Jones (0)
Luke Tegg (3)
Luke Drayton (1)
Ollie Dishart (0)
Theo Cotton (0)




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