Chingford U14's lose to Old Brentwood
By Andrew Metcalfe
This week John does the reporting, Paul acts as assistant, George is missing and Ringo is in Benidorm. William S John Walker Burroughs goes Gonzo in E4!
The autumn sun in Brentwood was beautiful, crisp and bursting with life and vitality - this matched our eager warm-up. Good omens for the 14 Chingford boys, depleted in numbers, but seeking, like the weather, to reverse the rain-swept defeat to the OB’s earlier in season.
Kick-off immediately saw strong pressing from Dev and Roy and the whole team followed-up. Encouraging stuff that oddly had the opposite effect: stern defence from the OB’s led to a few Ching errors under pressure and the OB’s quickly put two tries on the board with a pair of conversions to-boot. Playing into the low morning sun was shining an uncomfortable spotlight on our hopes of avenging that early season loss.
Looking for explanations Ching sought to point the finger at dog poo on the pitch: ”Sh** referee” came the complaint. Stuart marched onto the pitch, pooper scooper in hand, and shovelled up the ill-discipline. The impact was immediate and us onlookers marvelled at the coach’s inspirational words. From the re-start Josh pressured, picked up a loose ball and went on a strong run with Kayden ably supporting, from a strong ruck Matt set up the first Chingford try in the far corner. Didn’t see who, but as it was such a team move they all scored it!
OB came at Ching again, but this time our pressing and tackling was pushing them back. OB cleared their lines with a mighty kick into our half. Quickly picked-up by Joe, he shimmied round the fast approaching OB juggernaut and mazed his way down the pitch. In the following phase Daragh makes great ground throwing off the defensive tacklers, with Oskar picking up the ball and bursting to within yards of the try line. Quick Chingford support, and fast thinking by Ryan, sees Ching with a try under the posts. The conversion sees us within 2 points shortly before half time.
With the wind behind us, Ching forgot to put up our sails, and a combination of avoidable mistakes and quick-thinking OB’s saw us concede two tries in the final moments of a topsy-turvy first-half.
The second half mirrored the start of the first, with OB’s getting the upper hand. Two tries, and a bizarre missed conversion that save for Oskar’s scrum cap, would have had him off with concussion. The restart allowed a new chapter to unfold. Great running and determination from Ollie set the mood for a Ching fightback. Arthur picking up ball and man fully pushed the opposition back 50 yards. Slick movement from Mason and good communication with Ethan unleashed sustained pressure from Ching with Ethan taking the ball half the pitch length before setting up Seb who cleverly navigated determined OB defence, before a high tackle momentarily flawed him. From the penalty Ryan crashed it over the line making good an earlier ruled out try. Cue Ben to gleefully sprint on again with his kicking-tee: “I’m earning my players meal” he shouted to the applauding Chingfordites.
Was a comeback on the cards. Shades of Medinah? (that’s the great European Ryder Cup comeback of 2012).
OB’s put in another two trys and our gallant pressing in the final moments yielded frustration.
Final score: Old Brentwood 42: Chingford 26
To our absent colleagues sunning themselves in foreign parts, the Brentwood sun, wonderful setting and local hospitality reminded us of Benidorm in its prime. We weren’t jealous. Any inaccuracies in this report are the responsibility of Paul, not mine, as he was paying better attention throughout. The normal correspondent returns next week.
(Thanks John - best report in an age!) AM