The larger Crawley side were next and Shoreham built on their first performance. The off-loading and passing was taken to another level as the team tried, on a bog of a pitch, to play passing rugby. Despite a couple of poor phases of tackling which gave away tries, Shoreham dominated this match and regularly put their opponents under concerted pressure at the ruck before finding space by moving the ball wide. The best of Shoreham’s three tries was a fast flowing move which saw the ball through two or three dominant rucks before at least five players worked the ball quickly wide and into the corner for Toby Gale to touch down. It was an excellent try. Final score 3-2.
On a good day for muddy rugby, Shoreham U11s played 3 matches against 2 visiting sides from Crawley and one from Burgess Hill.
Crawley were first up and a committed game in heavy conditions set the tone for the day. It was Shoreham, who after their traditional slow start dominated this game but were unable to turn possession into points. Despite various opportunities where an extra pass or running left rather than right would have resulted in a score Shoreham eventually ended up behind. Crawley’s score was an excellent move and finally prompted Shoreham into life. Daring to pass the ball on a day unsuited to fast expansive rugby the green and gold’s got Will Willis over in the corner. The match ended one all but with a little more composure would have surely been a win.
By now tired and caked in mud, the last match was against Burgess Hill. The physically strong opponents were always going to be direct and a lapse in tackling, probably due to tiredness let them in. Shoreham weren’t to end the day on a loss and determined play kept the game tight, ending 3 all.