OA U16s hold out against Barnet

Herts/Middx League Barnet Elizabethans 7 Old Albanian U16s 12 OLD Albanian U16s travelled to Barnet Elizabethans on Sunday for a crucial Herts Middx League encounter. To keep their promotion hopes alive a win was vital. The Woollams boys started the game

Herts/Middx League

Barnet Elizabethans 7 Old Albanian U16s 12

OLD Albanian U16s travelled to Barnet Elizabethans on Sunday for a crucial Herts Middx League encounter.

To keep their promotion hopes alive a win was vital. The Woollams boys started the game full of confidence and scored a try within four minutes. The forwards were once again in the thick of it and showing excellent ball retention they created a driving maul 15 metres out. They proved unstoppable and No.8 Ed Mellen scored. The conversion was added to make it 7-0 to OA.


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As the ground thawed running with the ball became more difficult in the mud. However all the pressure was with OA. From a lineout earned on the Barnet five metre line the ball was won by the hard working Charlie Deacon, a neat pass to Will Tominey saw him run through two defenders he in turn popped an inside pass to Max Cross who burst through to score. The conversion was missed.

The second half was a different story as Barnet showed much more intent. Making good use of the kick ahead and chase they created uncertainty in the visitor's defence. In an attempt to weather a series of pick and drives near their line the OAs conceded a penalty try and with the two extra points added the score now stood at 12-7.

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Unable to add to their first half score OA defended every break.

Man of the Match Lewis Gaffney put in a huge tackle on Barnet's big lock two minutes from time to deny an almost certain try and thankfully the final whistle came not a moment too soon.

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