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Woodford under-16s triumph against the odds

PUBLISHED: 10:15 12 March 2015

Rob Yiannakou leaves defenders behind for Woodford under-16s (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)

Rob Yiannakou leaves defenders behind for Woodford under-16s (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)

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Highams club defeat Westcliff with just 13 players

Matt Bastick in action for Woodford under-16s (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)Matt Bastick in action for Woodford under-16s (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)

Woodford under-16s put their numerical disadvantage aside to beat Westcliff 45-17 and record their first league win of the season.

The Highams club had travelled to the coast with just thirteen players but scored seven tries to return with maximum points.

Ronan McGoldrick of Woodford under-16s is tackled against Westcliff (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)Ronan McGoldrick of Woodford under-16s is tackled against Westcliff (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)

The visitors took the lead when patient forward play created space for the backs and quick passing resulted in Alex Marks crossing the tryline.

Westcliff rallied and scored the game’s next two tries, one of which was converted, to make the score 12-5 in their favour.

Rob Yiannakou powers forward for Woodford under-16s (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)Rob Yiannakou powers forward for Woodford under-16s (pic: Charles Wallace/Woodford RFC)

Woodford remained well in the contest and just before half-time they drew level when Ronan McGoldrick burst through a gap and slipped a pass to Marks for his second try of the half which he also converted to make it 12-12 at the break.

After the interval, the visitors began to cut loose depsite their numerical disadvantage when Marks touched down and converted the extras to put the Highams club in a 19-12 lead.

Marks turned provider for McGoldrick by passing to him in space and the latter powered home for Woodford’s fourth try.

The away side’s momentum continued when a lineout was secured by Max Venditti who then slipped past two tacklers to make the score 31-12.

Slick hands allowed McGoldrick in for his second try of the afternoon, which Marks duly converted to increase Woodford’s advantage to 26 points.

The hosts did score a consolation try before Matt Bastick outpaced the defence to score the game’s final try.

After the match manager Charles Wallace said his thrilled by the effort of every member of the side against Westcliff.

““It would be wrong to single out any player for praise, they all put in an excellent performance, stepped up to and beyond what was required and thoroughly deserved the win,” he said.


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