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May & Baker under-10s face first defeat in seven after a victory in their first match

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 November 2017

May & Baker under-10s in action against Thurrock (Pic: Jack Courtney)

May & Baker under-10s in action against Thurrock (Pic: Jack Courtney)

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May & Baker under-10s enjoyed mixed fortunes as they played two matches against Old Brentwoods and Thurrock on Sunday.

Bakers first test was against the in-form hosts Old Brentwoods and both sides got off to strong starts.

It wasn’t until the midway point of the first half when some sloppy play from the Bakers led to the hosts pouncing on a loose ball and crossing the whitewash for first blood.

With some strong running through the middle of the field and some great supporting and offloading skills, the ball was moved through to Jake Landers who touched down in the corner to level the score at half-time.

The second half started with Bakers in possession and straight from the off there was some superb running from debutant Alila Dunseath, before hitting the ground and presenting the ball well for her team mates to use quickly as the ball was passed from the back of the ruck.

With a swift couple of passes and another bouldering run from Mikey Birch the ball was then handed to Bradley Landers as he went over for his first of the day.

Alila Dunseath then ripped the ball out of a tackle before handing the ball to Landers who had the pace to run his second try in from the half way line.

Old Brentwoods hit back with their second try of the game, as both teams started to tire out, but Bakers soon got another another straight after as Bradley Landers scored his second just before the final whistle to seal a 20-10 victory.

In their second game the Bakers fell to a 20-5 defeat against a big physical Thurrock side.

Straight from the off Thurrock was showing their physicality but picking some good lines and running hard at the Bakers defensive line.

With a high tackle coming in from the Thurrock side, Bakers were handed a penalty just inside the Thurrock half.

With some quick feet and some deft stepping Finley Orchard managed to create some space for Jake Landers to cross the line taking his personal tally for the day to three just before half time.

The start of the second half was a completely different game as Thurrock came out all guns blazing and they managed to punch holes in the Bakers defence and level the score.

Thurrock then managed to run in three more tries, handing the Bakers their first loss in their last seven games.

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