Chingford U13's win
By Andrew Metcalfe
If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!
After wins against Basildon and Billericay, Chingford travelled to Stanford Le Hope for a New Year encounter to try and continue their improving run. Could the U13’s do it again or would it be Stan-ford Le Hopeless for them……read on!
With the game kicking off and quickly settling down, it was Stanford who pressed better in the first few minutes. Chingford just could not contain an obviously keen home team. Within ten minutes the Ching were two tries down, Stanford pushing our forwards and outrunning our backs, stealing the ball and placing us on our back foot!
Stanford 10, Chingford 0
It was at this point, and as an example of the positive nature of grassroots rugby, that Stanford’s coach / referee took a minute to calm Chingford down and encouraged them to ‘take their time’. He may be evaluating his openness in these situations but Chingford offer their appreciation for spirited rugby behaviour! (Probably never to be seen in the Junior game again anywhere north of Tilbury!)
Chingford, a little bit more composed, held the game for the next five minutes, Stanford slowly pushing them into their 22. On the back of a Kayden tackle, Joe Bamber picked the ball and com-menced a beautifully timed run, taking all the pressure off our defence. This allowed Seb to pop a three quarter kick to the right hand corner allowing Ethan to take a pick and offload to Kayden. Try in the right hand corner. Chingford were not out of this one just yet!
A series of knock-ons from Chingford kept Stanford firmly knocking on the Ching try line but Stan-ford kicked their advantage away (everybody from both teams noted this for future reference) and the game turned with a good run from Ant who fed the ball back inside to Harry who assertively pressed and provided Ethan with Chingford’s second try.
Stanford 10, Chingford 10
Straight on the kick-off, Chingford received a penalty in their favour. Our ever improving pack, Roy, Devin, Daragh, Oskar, Arthur, Harry, Ryan and more, have provided Chingford with a strong foundation whether in attack or defence. From the scrum and subsequent breakdown, Will took a steal on the left hand side, offloading to Seb with Charlie in support, who provided Harry with the opportunity to make some yardage. A clean pass to Kayden made for a very decent looking try.
With the team rotated, Chingford continued to gain confidence. Will provided clean ball to Kayden who confidently ran the line to turn a 10 – 0 score to 10 – 20. A brilliant pop pass from Oskar nearly gave Chingford another score in final play but the ball went out and half time was called. A strong half.
The second half kicked off with Chingford immediately pressing and keeping good shape. Daragh and Devin causing Stanford lots of trouble with focussed forward play. The line was looking nicely spaced and players pretty well in position. Within the first minute, Ryan was able to break through and offer Chingford a second half opening score.
Seb continued to mix a passing game with some good weighted kicking. Add to this Harry’s physical game and the tries kept coming. Will chose to take the ball inside with Jack covering. The ball man-aged to find Seb who added to the score. Kayden quickly added another!
At 10 – 35 all was looking good, but to Stanford’s credit, they kept going. A route one forwards press resulted in a pull back try, closely followed by a determined run to give the hosts back to back scores – Chingford looked edgy! Kayden (having a try bonanza day) side stepped his way over on the right hand side to steady the Ching ship. Joe continued to dazzle with some deceptively ‘lazy but quick’ runs. Arthur delivered a great tackle to allow Harry in for a score. Seb settled it shortly after.
Full time, Stanford Le Hope 20, Chingford 50.
A defining game that showed Chingford can keep going and hold their head high. Very much a team performance. Never a better word has been said than by Stanford’s coach, or maybe it has……when I commented that these recent results were pay back for the years invested, the reply from a jubilant player’s dad was ‘You got to put the bird in’. I questioned this and was quickly informed it was ‘Kipling’. I am slightly unsure whether this was referring to prison time, a Sunday roast or putting your girlfriend onto the pitch at half time….but whatever it does refer to…….no truer a word has been said! Roll on next weekend!