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May & Baker enjoy a mixed weekend as under-10s keep winning, but clubmates lose

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 January 2018

May & Baker youth in action (Pic: Jack Courtney)

May & Baker youth in action (Pic: Jack Courtney)

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May & Baker under-10s continued their fine form as they picked up a 30-15 victory against rivals Upminster.

Following the news earlier in the week that Stanford had to call off the weekend’s fixture due to being double-booked, Upminster came to the rescue.

The game began with a very strong show of the tempo that the Bakers players wanted to play at, with this quick pace resulting in the first try of the match and first of the day for Bradley Landers.

But with the Bakers team getting themselves reset they had a slight lapse in concentration which allowed Upminster to go through a few phases and create some space to run in on the wing and level the score with only two minutes on the clock.

Landers showed a good bit of vision to spot a gap on the blind side before racing down the line, only to be blocked by the Upminster defence, but the support line from Jake Landers was superb.

radley Landers managed to get the offload away for Jake to run in his first try of the day and to give May & Bakers the lead again.

The first half ended up being a battle in the rucks with Bakers edging it eight times out of ten, resulting in two more tries being run in by the Landers boys.

The second half was a slightly different affair with sleet coming down and the cold starting to set in, with the ball kept a bit tighter in the middle of the field by both teams.

Upminster ran in two tries before Bakers Mikey Birch and Finley Orchard picked up tries of their own to add to the Dagenham club’s tally.

The under-15s suffered a heavy 27-5 defeat as they took on local rivals Dagenham.

Dagenham got off the mark with two early tries and it seemed to wake Bakers up as they began to take the game back and after some good pressure, Robson Burke was able to touch down to bring them within a score.

Despite Bakers having good spells of pressure they eventually conceded another three tries in the second half to cap off a heavy loss to their neighbours.

Bakers’ Jack Courtney said: “Both sides stepped up very well in horrible conditions.

“It’s great to see the under-10s go from strength to strength and its a very exciting time with the under-15s seeing some good players coming to the club.

“It’s very exciting to see what the future holds for them.”

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