Team Middlesex Match Reports
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|Date:||23rd January 2017|
|Venue:||Gosport & Fareham RFC|
|Result:||Hampshire 28, Middlesex 17|
The journey to Gosport turned out to be a challenge for the North of the County players who suffered long delays on the M25. The 2.5 hour journey did little for pre match preparation as Middlesex were very slow out of the blocks.
In the 9th minute Hampshire scored a converted try and looked very much up for the task before them. In the 20th minute Hampshire were turning on the pressure and were rewarded with a penalty which put the home team 10 points ahead.
Middlesex at this point showed what they are capable of doing and, after a fine driving maul, produced some good forward ball which allowed loose head prop Lennon Day to drive in for a well deserved try. The conversion was successfully struck by centre Jack Jesty taking the half time score to 10 – 7 in favour of Hampshire.
The second half saw Hampshire gaining a converted try within 3 minutes. Middlesex did get back into the game and were rewarded with a fine try by Oisin Kearney, converted by Jack Jesty. Against the run of play Hampshire scored an unconverted try putting the score at 22 – 14.
Middlesex were now looking in good form with the forwards getting the upper hand. This pressure earned them a penalty which was converted by Jack Jesty and with the score at 22 – 17 in favour of Hampshire, Middlesex had it all to play for.
Unfortunately some solid Hampshire defence won the day and they kicked 2 further penalties putting the final score at 28 – 17.
Middlesex next U16s game will be against Surrey on Sunday 5th February at Kingshouse Sports ground Chiswick.