Shoreham U10s arrived at Brighton for the East Sussex festival on a beautiful day with a tough group, but with high hopes. Continued improvement across the season meant the team were looking to progress further than last year when they finished sixth.
First up were Burgess Hill who were no match for a Shoreham team who flew out of the blocks. The strength in the tackle, was just too much and once the passing clicked it resulted in tries. Mattias Woollard used his pace to grab four in a 6-0 win.
Next came Hellingly, a team who have provided stiff opposition to Shoreham already this season. A tight game, with strong defence from both sides saw a low scoring game decided by some incisive attacking play by Shoreham 2-1.
Brighton were the last group opponents and the blues came at Shoreham from the off. An early score put the boys behind and a sustained spell of pressure from Brighton at the end of the first half had Shoreham defending on their own line. Previously Shoreham would have reached half time 2 or 3 down and the game out of reach. The hard work and commitment in defending their line meant it was only 1-0 and the boys were still in the match. The second half was perhaps the green and gold’s best performance. They withstood further pressure but started to exert some of their own. Toby Gale scored to make it level before Mattias Woollard rounded off excellent team work with the winner. The 2-1 result meant Shoreham had won their group and progressed into the Championship final.
These two matches for the title were against two of the strongest teams in Sussex and reaching this level was a new experience for the U10s. It was just reward for their continued development as a team and also showed how tough it is at the top.
Against Crowborough Shoreham never really got going and lively opponents found too many gaps. A poor first half left the boys with a mountain to climb but improvements did come in the second half. Back to their best after the break Shoreham gave Crowborugh a much better game and finally broke down their defence to score. 4-1
This placed Shoreham third in the festival which is a huge improvement and just reward for all of the squads efforts this season. To be playing he top teams is tough, but we will move on and get better from doing so.