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ERFC U15s Win Through to Semi-Finals!

Evesham soak up Old Halesonians pressure

Last Updated: Mar 5, 2014 05:05pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Duncan Webster
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In wet, muddy, slippery conditions this was a forwards’ battle. Before the match the squad decided themselves the tactics and team line-up.
From the kick off Evesham had to soak up huge pressure from a large, well organised Old Hals side. But it was Kieran Raymer who broke the deadlock after five minutes and then Jack Richardson went over for Evesham’s second after twenty. James Thompson converted the second try.

At the start of the second half, with the ball continuing to act like a bar of soap, the home team scored their only try, squeezing over in the left hand corner. James Thompson countered with a penalty kick ten yards out - which was no mean feat considering it was wholly against the wind. His match management was excellent as was Gio Capaldi's in the second half.
The forward battle continued as the claret and blues worked their way up to their opponents’ line, with great composure they set themselves up for phase after energy sapping phase until Nathan Cotton went under the defensive line for his first score in an Evesham shirt - a great forward effort.
Credit goes to the backs. Half-backs were solid all day, dug out of rucks, adapted to scrums going backwards and delivered solid distribution. In the back line, James Thompson, Connor Armento,Jonathan Deakin and George Guy - whilst the ball didn't play by the laws of physics sometimes - their defensive work was faultless. Fast pressing upon the Old Hals. backs denied them any real composure when they were in possession..forcing errors and indecision. To add to the great performances - Archie Webster's at full-back warrants a note - his control, composure and abilty to beat players, gain yards and set-up the forwards left Old Hals with little to work with.
In the dying moments, man of the match Jonathan Deakin, dribbling the ball up the slope, scored a well won Evesham fourth try.
Old Hals. were generous hosts and we thank them for their hospitality and hard work to beat the weather and make sure the match happened.

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