May & Baker kids have lots of fun in friendly fixtures against Romford & Gidea Park and Upminster

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 February 2017

May & Baker Trojans in action at Upminster (pic: May & Baker).

May & Baker Trojans in action at Upminster (pic: May & Baker).


Dagenham-based club were able to put out two teams on Sunday with both enjoying the chance to play rival clubs

May & Baker Eagles in action at Crow Lane (pic: May & Baker).May & Baker Eagles in action at Crow Lane (pic: May & Baker).

After 12 weeks of preparation, May & Baker were able to put out two junior teams last Sunday and it proved to be a hugely successful day.

The Dagenham club have been focusing on promoting youth in recent months by running a number of tag rugby sessions.

But the preparation was put into practise last weekend when Bakers took two squads to rival clubs for some friendly fixtures.

The Eagles travelled to Crow Lane to play Romford & Gidea Park and Upminster in five-a-side contests.

Bakers lost the first fixture 30-25 to Upminster despite Riley Parish helping himself to a brace of tries.

Miller Galley also crossed the try line twice while Elliott Major got in the act, but the away side suffered a narrow defeat.

The second fixture saw Bakers grow in confidence and they scored a couple of well worked tries.

Parish impressed again and grabbed a hat-trick while Galley and Major crossed over again, but Upminster claimed another 30-25 win.

May & Baker Eagles face the camera at Crow Lane (pic: May & Baker).May & Baker Eagles face the camera at Crow Lane (pic: May & Baker).

In the third meeting between the two clubs, it was a similar story with Bakers showing plenty of effort and determination, but just falling short.

Upminster won 30-25 again despite Paris and Galley scoring two tries each and Major getting in on the act.

The Eagles had one fine chance to get a victory at Crow Lane when they faced Romford in their final match of the day.

And all the hard work paid off when they managed to defeat the hosts with Parish scoring five tries.

Galley again helped himself to a brace while Major got his name on the scoresheet to help Bakers win 40-35.

James Lampard and Ollie Martin also played their part to ensure Bakers finished off a fantastic day with a win.

The Trojans squad had to make the slightly lengthier journey to Upminster to begin their campaign.

With the hosts boasting a large squad, there was plenty of rugby to be played with Bakers looking forward to the act.

May & Baker Trojans face the camera at Upminster (pic: May & Baker).May & Baker Trojans face the camera at Upminster (pic: May & Baker).

The boys and girls listened and learned throughout, and were unfortunate to lose their opener 30-20.

Riley Walker made an encouraging start by scoring all four of Bakers tries to begin his day with a bang.

In the second encounter, the visitors continued to show lots of endeavour, but went down 30-15.

Kian Davies grabbed a double with Mikey Birch getting on the scoresheet before the third match came around.

Bakers were hoping to get some type of reward against Upminster Saints, but found themselves up against an experienced team.

The hosts proved too strong in the end, but Walker crossed over twice during the 30-10 defeat.

Bakers played one final game of the day and pushed Upminster all the way with Walker helping himself to a hat-trick.

Birch was also on the scoresheet, but again the hosts managed to claim a win and edged out their opponents 30-20.

It was only after another fantastic effort by the Trojans with Tyler Parish, Zac McCall and Ruby Cooke playing their part.

Dan Metcalf and Jamie-Lee Birch also helped as support coaches and it proved to be a great day for the Dagenham-based club.

A spokesperson for Bakers, said: “All of the coaches and parents are very pleased and proud of anyone who stepped out on to the pitch and we all can’t wait to see you continue to grow and develop as a team.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

Hammers defeat against Spurs has the doubters and press back on the sacking bandwagon

Yesterday, 17:48

Simon Harmer hit his maiden half-century for Essex, as Steven Patterson and John Brooks took three wickets each to help Yorkshire secure their Division One place for another year on the first day of their last Specsavers County Championship match of the season.

Yesterday, 15:00

Barking manager Justin Gardner pleased with the character his side showed in their late fight back to seal a 3-3 draw against Dereham Town.

Yesterday, 14:00

Dagenham’s Kelly Staddon struck silver at the European Open in Belgrade at the weekend.

Yesterday, 13:00

May & Baker held on for a 34-27 victory despite a late fightback from Bancroft.

Hammers defender seeing the Premier League from a different perspective

Yesterday, 12:00

Lakeside Hammers chief Jon Cook is under no illusions about the size of the task facing the team in their National League play-off semi-final.

Yesterday, 11:00

Barking fought and managed to rescue a point from their Bostik North clash with Dereham Town.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now