On a cold sunny afternoon the whole Squad took part in a “Super Sunday” fixture against Norfolk at Loughborough University. Playing on an all weather surface the match was played over three 35 minute periods which enabled the whole squad to take part.
The first period was hard fought and Norfolk edged it 17 – 7. Due to the nature of the fixture both squads put out different team for the second period and NLD bounced back taking control from the restart, strong running in the Centre saw them break through time and time again and the forwards asserted themselves at the breakdown. By the end of this period NLD had opened up a 36 – 17 lead.
The final quarter saw both teams make several adjustments and by the end of the match the scorelines had really opened up. Ten tries in total were scored in this period with Norfolk finishing strongly against a tiring NLD defense. Despite scoring on the final whistle Norfolk just came up short and NLD held on to win 60 – 53. The whole NLD squad showed some real promise and given they had only trained twice as a squad beforehand can only improve.
The next fixture is away against Staffordshire in two weeks time.
Match Report: Adrian Taylor, NLD U16 Manager