Dronfield RUFC U11s 0
Matlock RUFC U11s 50
This was the first match of the season for Matlock Under 11s and it was a chance to see if the training over recent weeks and the sessions through the summer would pay off.
From the start, Matlock kept the ball well and worked very hard at the breakdowns to maintain possession.
Five man scrums, four-man line outs and drop kick starts came in to force this season. Jack Gothard showed excellent technique in his kicking skills. The scrum of Brandon Harrison, Ewan Mackie, Kyle Smith, George Bowen and Tom Christian pushed Dronfield back in all scrummages. Ned Tatler, Sam Ball and Alfie Stockel were also very strong when they came into the scrum as replacements during the game.
The numerous rucks were manned by different forwards throughout the game but Matlock retained the ball and even pushed Dronfield back to win the ball when Dronfield had formed the ruck.
The backline were solid and positioned themselves well throughout the game. Fraser Bowman, Jack Gothard, William Needham, Danny McRea, Ben Hutty and Harvey Graham produced excellent passing and defended the line well.
Tom Pollak was solid at full back, as was Tom Christian and Harvey, when they stepped into this role.
Fraser and Jack produced dazzling runs to penetrate the Dronfield defense on numerous occasions. Ned broke through from yet another winning ruck and scored a brilliant try.
Two notable performance though came from debutants. George Woodhouse played on the wing and defended his channel with both commitment and strength. Sam Ball demonstrated his versatility. He played in three different positions during the game and did so with ease. Showing strength and determination while playing at inside centre, he bulldozed his way through the Dronfield defence to score an excellent try on his debut.
The whole team played fantastically and it was their commitment and delivery in all aspects of the game that was so encouraging.
All elements that they have trained in over the summer were put into the game and they came away with a very convincing victory. Ten tries on any day is a great performance but to do it away from home and unanswered will hopefully set them up with the confidence for similar performances moving forward.
There is an excellent squad assembled but coaches would welcome more players to come and give rugby a try on Sunday mornings.
The squad takes all abilities, shapes and sizes and has a set of boys who will make you feel very welcome and a great bunch of parents that enjoy the social aspect of Sunday mornings. Contact Dom Bowen for more information on 07776 172717.