Shoreham U11 took a large squad to Bognor and played three matches.
First up were Bognor who were outplayed by Shoreham for the vast majority of the match. On a hard surface Shoreham moved the ball wide and found space in which to attack.
A much stronger performance in the rucks secured Shoreham more ball and this enabled the team to run with pace. A 3-1 win was just reward for an excellent performance.
Next up were Chobham and Shoreham again played some excellent rugby. Against a physical team we more than matched up in the ruck and maul but just failed at times in open play. A 3-0 loss didn’t really reflect the closeness of the game.
The final match was against another touring Chobham side and Shoreham played excellent rugby putting their opponents under concerted pressure. In a match they dominated it was just the final execution which fell short and the match finished 1-1.
Shoreham U11s had a frustrating, tough morning at Haywards Heath, struggling to play their best at times, and at others playing some sparkling rugby.
Haywards Heath were always going to be tough first up and the eventual winners tore into Shoreham and ran into a clear lead. The boys eventually got going but a competitive second half was too late and it ended 5-0.
Horsham were next and a much better and competitive performance made this a close game. Excellent tackling and defence wasn’t matched by attacking opportunities and despite the performance it ended in a 2-0 loss.
Shoreham finally strung together some attacking play against Guernsey, managing to pass the ball to create space and stretch the opposition. This gave the boys belief and they ran out 4-1 winners.
Hoping to carry this good work into the next match Shoreham started playing after gifting Hove a 4-0 lead. This sloppiness was to cost them as Shoreham slowly took the game to Hove and were eventually on top. The 6-2 loss could so easily have been a win without the poor start.
Lookjing to end the day on a high Shoreham played old adversaries Crawley and a feisty match saw excellent tackling and strong running from the Green and Golds. The 6-1 win was well deserved.
Shoreham finished fourth in the group, but with a more consistent performance been higher.
Shoreham U11 had a great morning at a sunny Waterhall. Facing short matches against two good sides Shoreham strength and commitment gave them the edge in all of their matches.
The tackling was much improved on recent weeks and at times the rucking drove our opponents back towards their own line even when they had the ball. An extra pass here or running into space there would have given Shoreham a clean sweep of results, and the two tries conceded can be put down to unfortunate errors rather than poor play.
The boys did top the pool with two wins, a draw and only a single loss.
The boys had 5 games of some very good rugby they played with some fantastic tackling and runs , there determination was outstanding , but due to only having 9 players there games were pretty much one after the other. so had little rest in between.
Game 1 ended in Brighton 2-0 ,
Game 2 Heathfield Noah had our first try in first half in 2nd half Luke got our 2nd try resulting in Shoreham 2- 0
Game 3 Heath Blacks much the same good tackles and runs by all the boys Jake Gale got his try All the boys played fantastic Heath Blacks 4-1
Game 4 Heath Reds quickly followed after a 5 min break but the boys settled in to some great tackles and runs but ended in Heath Reds 4-0
Game 5 Hove followed shortly after a quick break , with a try from Jake Gale followed by a try from Charlie Kembery Hove 4-2
All the boys played well with some fantastic defence , tackling , and some great runs from all the boys . there outstanding rugby and behaviour made us proud to watch .
Coaches Gary Gray and Paul Murphy without these would not be possible and for the parents who turn up week after week to make our team happen.
Team Jake Gale, Ashley Culvert, Ollie Bushby, Toby Murphy, Luke Gray Charlie Kembery, Travis Tilling ,Thomas Rowson Noah Smith
We played 3 games in all – 2 against Maidstone and 1 against out hosts Hastings and Bexhill.
First up Maidstone. And what can I say Shoreham were strong from the outset with all of the 7 tries coming in the first half.
Good driving work from the centres and forwards and some excellent passing out to the wingers who also ran them home.
The Referee and Maidstone Coach then mixed up his team and brought on two strong players to boost their teams morale and this made a big difference Maidstone were talking to each other more and their tackling stronger, as a result we did not cross the line again but the score remained 7-0 due to our excellent defensive work.
Next up our hosts Hastings & Bexhill who were a small fiery bunch their passing was consistent but were kicking away to our advantage and giving us possession.
Again there was excellent team work with ball in hand and turn overs and. The score was 7-1. Last up was Maidstone’s second offering. Despite some tiring legs from our boys who were running in the now very claggy conditions Shoreham still crossed the line 4 times in the first half and then a further 4 tries were scored in the second half.
The Final Score was 8-0 and with excellent defends work kept out opposition to a nil score.
We scored 22 tries and only conceded the one, an excellent team effort.
Shoreham u11s travelled to Horsham to play against two of the strongest sides in West Sussex in the age group. Horsham and Pulborough are both regularly in the final stages of festivals and tournaments and this would prove to be a stern test for Shoreham, especially with a squad slightly depleted through injury.
Pulborough were first up and after their regular slow start Shoreham got into the match. An end to end affair could have gone either way with excellent play from both sides and regular scores. Pulborough eventually edged he match 5-4, with that slow start perhaps being the difference.
Our hosts were next and another tight game saw Shoreham control the play alot more and build play as a team. This time a sloppy end to the game with some crucial tackles missed resulted in a 3-2 loss.
The final match was again against Horsham and Shoreham were determined to end the day on a high. This result was never in doubt with power being allied to more passing giving Shoreham a commanding 5-1 win.
Mention should go to Samuel Kentell for some fantastic tackles, which were often try saving. Also to Louie Stillman , with 8 tries on the day, who is now regularly using his power and undoubted ability to drive the team forward.
With a little more control at crucial times, and with a full squad, this could have been a very different set of results. There was some excellent play and also some elements to work on for upcoming fixtures.
The trip to a frosty Midhurst provided Shoreham’s last test of 2014. The match opened with a slightly disjointed Shoreham containing Midhurst with strong individual play but not working well enough as a team to take control. 10 minutes in this changed with Shoreham stepping up a gear and away from our hosts.
Control of the ball was regularly gained by teamwork at the breakdown, and Shoreham started to support their strong runners going up the middle. This eventually broke Midhurst down with Louie Stillman crashing over.
Shoreham continued to press with excellent tackling, particularly from Ollie Freshwater, and some strong rucking from Luca Holland, while rotating the squad to keep everyone fresh. The first half ended with Mattias Woollard returning a Midhurst kick off the entire length of the pitch to put Shoreham 3-1 up.
The second half became more of a game of attrition as both teams tired. Shoreham maintained field position and were often in or about their opponent’s line. Two decisions that he ball had been held up, when Shoreham were across the line, stopped the game running away from Midhurst.
The hosts did score a couple of breakaway tries but these lapses were not reflective of the overall game. Toby Gale capped a strong performance and a hat trick of tries with a move off of a scrum to secure a well-deserved 5-3 win.
The result places the U11s well for the second half of the season when the team will be looking to continue to improve.
Shoreham took on a strong Heathfield side after an extensive training session.
Heathfield are a fast team with excellent running skills so Shoreham’s tackling would have to be spot on.
Excellent line speed and pressure kept Heathfield on the back foot when they had the ball and forced them into mistakes.
Shoreham used their direct running to gain ground and keep them within range.
This forward play eventually created gaps which the backs exploited to lead 2-0 at half time.
After the break Shoreham made a number of changes to use the large squad we are lucky enough to have, and despite the changes they limited Heathfield to only a few chances.
The opposition did convert two of these, the last late on, but only after Shoreham had secured the match with a third try.
The final score of 3-2 didn’t really reflect Shoreham’s dominance but was a great game to watch and good practice for the season ahead.
On a foul day and on an already sodden pitch Shoreham turned up to play Bognor.
The narrow pitch played directly into the team’s strengths and it was a day for big runs up the middle and brave tackling. Shoreham displayed both in a strong performance where they were never really troubled.
Bognor came into the game in the latter stages but Shoreham superiority was never threatened and it ended 10-2