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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).

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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.”

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