Game Northwich U14’s 7 - Sandbach 7
Development Game Northwich U14’s 14 - Sandbach 0
Northwich welcomed a mass of travelling Sandbach players, and had agreed prior to play a 40 minute game, with whatever the score to be the end result. Then we were also going to allow a further 20 minutes for Sandbach to field more players.
As the score suggests, today’s game was close. Sandbach had a fantastic set of forwards, and it was obvious their game plan was pick and go, and they were very accomplished at this. Northwich however stood tall, playing some great defensive play and actually took the game to Sandbach.
Daniel Harrogate can be especially proud of his tackling today, and on numerous occasions was the first to break away from the scrum to make the first tackle and Harry gave there scrum half no chance.
Using the strength of their forwards Sandbach however managed to turn the ball over and ran in the first try from their own half, which was a little against the run of play.
This seemed to galvanise the lads, all were having a great game, the standard of the backs line was immense, and some great crunching forwards tackles from both Elliot’s and Jamboo, and Mr Cosgrove, throwing himself round like superman.
Northwich came back strong again playing the ball across the line, Harvey was a constant threat continually running at Sandbach as our backs, had the slight edge, through some excellent drifting. It didn’t take long for us to equalise, Tom R picked the ball up deep in the Northwich half and went on a run before releasing Myles who ran the ball over, a champagne moment at its best, particularly as Myles was having a day where the ball stayed in his hands. Harry N converted a long range effort all square at half time.
Second half was again very close with Sandbach defending well. In the same vain as the first Northwich kept pressing but couldn’t find the final pass to unlock the Sandbach the defence, with numerous players, In Harvey, Jamboo, Elliot Stanley, Kyle going close in the end .
With 5 mins to go Northwich had the chance to win the game, with a penalty just past the half way line, the lads opted to kick, which shows how far they have come, “ let’s get the points” unfortunately not to be a good effort from Harry, but just pulled left at the last minute. So full time all square 7 - 7
We then went onto play a further 20 mins, which ended in our favour 14-0
Highlights of the last 20 mins, watching Harvey Hemmings at scrum half, the poor sandbach Player did not know what hit him.
All in all today, with Players trying new positions and new players still bedding in to the team, it was hard to select anyone for MOM, all the lads are now realising what great players they can be and the never give up attitude is back ! let’s face it, Sandbach are tough opponents, who will with their forwards have some great results this year, but as a team, both attacking and defensively in my opinion edge the game. Especially pleasing is that however many changes we made it made no difference to the shape of the time.
Special mention to Nathan who has just joined the team and played his first match for Northwich today. Also to Gary Ward who looks like an old pro now.
MOM< as always the Captain stood tall, the forwards played their part, all the backs players were good in both defence and attack, but this week it goes to Daniel Harrogate, who had the best game we have seen him play in a Northwich shirt, and long may it continue.
Special thanks to Sandbach, who we thoroughly enjoyed playing and look forward to many more fixtures.
Starting : Elliot H-J, Chris, Danny, Ollie C, Alfie, Tom C, Jamie, Elliot S, Harry, Elliot K, Harvey, Myles, Bob, Kyle, Tom R Subs : Ollie K, Tom G, Carter, Mitchell, Gary Ward, Jacob E, Nathan