Woodford rugby youngsters are so close to Golden Boot

Woodford’s under-16s took part in the prestigious Brentwood Golden Boot Competition last Sunday, finishing runners-up.

They were fired up and stormed into Essex rivals Westcliff.

Continued pressure soon saw winger James Piras sprint nearly the length of the pitch before off-loading to back-rower Liam Fitt, who crashed his way over to open the scoring.

Cameron Dutch converted to give the Woodford boys an early lead.

The second half saw them keep the pressure on Westcliff and soon saw Dutch go over in the corner for a try he also converted.

Woodford won their next pool game against Sevenoaks, 28-3 with tries from James Piras, Ian Bukenya, Liam Fitt and Liam Sanderson, all converted by Dutch.

The third pool match saw the Woodford boys beat Dagenham 7-0, with the try and conversion both being scored by Dutch.

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In their semi-final match against Braintree, Fitt scored the only try again converted by Dutch, also scoring a drop goal after a Braintree clearance kick did not reach touch.

The final was contested between Woodford and the very strong touring Irish team, Crescent College.

In what was a battle of the two best teams in the competition, there were no scores recorded during the entire match, which meant that the final went into sudden-death extra time.

Woodford seemed to be the dominant team throughout, spending what seemed like the entire match in the Irish half.

But with a minute to go the Irish were awarded a penalty which they kicked into the corner and from the line-out that followed their fly-half dropped a goal to give them the winning three points.

Woodford B team were also in action against Enfield Ignations, recording a 58-3 victory.

The visitors quickly ran in two breakaway tries as they passed and moved the ball with fluidity.

It was only a matter of time before the tries started to come as Gahagan and then Shore broke the defensive line to score.

The second half continued in similar fashion with Davies rolling off a set drive close to the line to touch down.

The scorer was soon troubled again with two solo efforts from Barker and a surging run from Crawford sandwiched in-between.

Babb completed the scoring with a deserved try of his own.

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