May & Baker share spoils with Kings Cross Steelers in home opener
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2017
May & Baker kick started their return to the Essex One action with a 17-17 draw against Kings Cross Steelers in their home opener.
After some good work in pre-season Bakers started well receiving from kick off they returned the ball down field for Ellis Gordon to chase down and touchdown to open their account for the season just 45 seconds into the match, try converted by Dan Dray.
Steelers were quick to react and from the kick off turned the ball over from the restart, but Bakers held firm through multiple attacking phases to prevent the Steelers from crossing the line.
A penalty allowed the visitors to get their first points on the board as they slotted home to bring the score down to 7-3.
This fuelled the Steelers to press on and some slack defending from the home side allowed them to weave through and score their first try of the game, which was converted to put the visitors three points up.
Bakers worked well to retrieve the ball from the restart and worked the ball to just five meters from the visitors line, but failed to strike and Steelers were able to turn over and launch a counter attack, but a try saving tackle from Bertie Matthews prevented the visitors from extending their lead.
The hosts cleared from the penalty but the visitors touched down once more before the break giving them a 17-7 lead at the break.
Bakers continued to work hard in defence but were unable to break through the visitors defence.
Connor Wilson eventually smartly slotted a drop goal to bring the game to within one.
The Dagenham-based club piled on the pressure and with 15 minutes left were making a huge effort to break and score a match levelling try and after a string of penalties Jack Courtney broke through and was unlucky to have his score disallowed.
Callum O’Sullivan was eventually able to touchdown under the posts for Connor Wilson to convert and ensured Bakers shared the spoils of an entertaining opening to the season.
May and Baker travel to Old Brentwoods next weekend.