Sandbach 0 - Lymm 15
Sun 3 November 2002
This fixture was swapped from Lymm to Sandbach due to a waterlogged pitch. Lymm duly arrived at Bradwall Road with a squad of 14 players, who in size would have been comparable with any U11's side, we knew at once we were be in for a tough game.
The Scorpions fielded two mixed ability teams for this fixture to give the opportunity for newer players to play along side more experienced players, and secondly, to give the more experienced players the chance to play in positions less familiar to them.
In the first game Lymm kicked off and early pressure from them showed that they had a big pack who were well drilled as a unit and we struggled to get our hands on the ball. Lymm's first try came from a good forward move and a quick break from their fly half. Lymm kept the pressure on and we continued to find it difficult to compete in rucks/mauls and tidy up loose ball. A couple of good runs from William Bordill and good cover tackling from Kurt Hurlstone-Johnson were the main highlights of the first half for the Scorpions.
The introduction of Elliot Moore in the second period at loose head helped us to compete more up front. Although Lymm scored twice more, things were more evenly balanced with us threatening the Lymm try line on occasions, but we never quite managing to get over. The best opportunity came from a good darting run from Will Jepson at scrum half, who nearly put Luke Gross in for the try. However Luke had over-run the ball forcing the final pass to unfortunately go forward.
Team: W Bordill, J Barton, T Wardell, W Jepson, J Stops, N Muldoon, L Gross, K Hurlstone-Johnson,
Reps: E Moore (replaced W Bordill at half-time)
A Clutterbuck (replaced N Muldoon at half-time)
Player of the Match: Elliot Moore
Sandbach Scorpions 5 Lymm U10?s 15
For the second match Lymm made a few changes but essentially fielded the same strength of team, so once again we knew it would be a hard game. Initial exchanges were well matched but it was Sandbach who opened the scoring when Jack Robinson spotted a gap in what until then had been a very well drilled Lymm defence. 5 points up at half time, things looked positive; but further substitutions to allow everyone to get a game upset the rhythm that we had generated. Lymm came back strongly in the second half and punished the lack of centre and wing defence to finally end up winning by 15 points to 5.
Team: Jordan Johnson, Joseph Cooper, Chris Burrows, Connor Benson, Nick Rogers, Katie McEvoy, Jack Robinson, Ben Sharpe, Ben Dutton.
Reps: Alex Clutterbuck for Jack Robinson at half-time
Iain Thompson for Jordan Johnson at half-time
Player of the Match: Nick Rogers
Although this friendly game was lost to a well-drilled team, with a massive size advantage, a lot of good things were learnt and much experience gained by players and coaching staff alike. We would certainly like to repeat the mixing of teams in future, but perhaps consider the strength of the opposition beforehand more carefully. Well done to everyone.