U14s V Upminster
By Ed Merrett
Epping win 75:14
16 in the squad today. Numbers lower than usual with a few injuries and away but still a strong Epping side.
Both Epping and Upminster joined up at 11am and led a minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday which was impeccably observed.
Epping start well which leads to some good momentum. Lovely first try scored with dominant play in the forwards and strong passing and running in the backs. Upminster had some strong players who made some big gains but the tackling was great today. Quite a few of the team stepping up and taking some huge hits.
The score line flatters us a bit and Upminster had some good passages of play and probably deserved a bit more out of the game.
Ultimately it was the strong Epping forward presence which secured some great ball for the backs to play with. Felix in particularly stripping the ball a number of times with his vice like grip on the ball, backed up by Bradley, Louis, Jake, Dylan, Jesse , Michael and Billy.
Max, Harry, Jacob and Barney all distributing the ball well making some big gains and the back three of Kuba, Darcy, Christian proving too strong, each scoring a hat full of tries.
There was an definite improvement made today and the forward pods are starting to be effective plus line speed was v good.
till next time e