Rugby union
U16s are luckless once again

By Liam Moakes 29/02 Updated: 29/02 09:08

EVESHAM U16s produced another good display of rugby away from home, but were edged out for the second weekend running as they lost 24-17 at Old Leamingtonians on Sunday.

The hosts started with great purpose as their forwards piled through Evesham from the kick-off and scored a try with their first possession.

Minutes later they added a converted try thanks to some impressive running from their full back but Evesham showed great maturity in coming straight back into the game as they dominated the set piece with No 8 Dom Berry and scrum half Ash Charlton - who put in a man of the match performance - controlling things expertly at the base of the scrum to release the backs.

First Charlton timed a superb pass to put Wilf Watson through for a try and next he fed Ben Middlicott who jinked his way past a couple of defenders for a second score.

Evesham pushed to take the lead, but Old Leams defended well and their full back showed his skill again to score with a mazy run from his own line.

Old Leams took a 19-10 lead into half time and extended it further with another converted try midway through the second half, despite the fact Evesham had controlled it in terms of possession and territory.

Unfortunately Evesham could not convert their dominance into enough points, despite good breaks from Mike Harris, James Williamson, Jay Hann, Jake Shotton, Kieran Grady, Callum Barnett and Oli Salcedo.

It was not until five minutes from the end that Evesham finally found a way through as Berry crashed over with a powerful drive from the scrum.

Harris missed a couple of penalty kicks but made the final conversion to close the scoring.

Evesham look forward to their quarter-final tie at Kidderminster Carolians on Sunday in the North Midlands Plate.

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