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Your News Broadstreet youngsters shine despite heavy loss (including U19 report)

Stratford U17 47 Broadstreet U17 12

With only 12 players available for this away game against Stratford-upon-Avon U17s, ‘Street honoured the fixture by including 3 under 16 (sanctioned) players comprising; lively Joe Faulkner, who although a prop, played in the back row, fearless Mike Connor sharing wing and back row duties with colleague Julian Cook and gutsy winger Marlom Price filled in with a tidy game at full back.

On a hot day, with a bare 15 and playing against a well-drilled Stratford squad of 20 plus, well proportioned, players ‘Street were always tempting providence. Nevertheless, they showed great courage and no little skill against the odds and caused the home side to work hard for their deserved win.

Stratford’s big forwards ensured that their threequarters had plenty of ball in the first 20 minutes, but outstanding defence and forced errors by the home players, restricted the score to three well taken, and one defensive error, unconverted tries. ‘Street’s dogged defence, with midfield three Adam Naylor, Robbie Venson, Mike Lynam and wings Carl Moran and Mike Connor working wonders at times, ensured that there was no further scoring before half time.

A half-time pledge to get over the Stratford line at least once was realised after nine minutes play when captain and centre Robbie Venson powered over after a series of pick and go from a scrum 20 metres out, involving Gareth Evans, Ben Dalton and Lewis Masterson. Fly half Adam Naylor uncharacteristically missed the easy conversion, but this was the only blemish on a fine display of running and kicking skills.

From the kick-off Stratford seized on some defensive indecision to work their way to the corner for another unconverted try. ‘Street then did likewise and pressured from the kick off to force Stratford onto the back foot in their own 22 and after a series of assaults on the line, involving good support play by Scott McOwat, Julian Cook, Junaid Osman and Mike Connor, Ben Dalton burrowed over near the posts for a second touch down to which Naylor added the two points. Stratford 25 Broadstreet 12.

Now, with 20 minutes to go ‘Street visibly tired and lost out of position scrum half Callum Hill to injury to add to their difficulties and, predictably, Stratford ran in 4 further tries, two from very questionable beginnings, to show a final score of Stratford 47 Broadstreet 12.

Team: Marlom Price, Carl Moran, Mike Lynam, Robbie Venson(C), Mike Connor, Adam Naylor, Callum Hill, Ben Dalton, Scott McOwat, Junaid Osman, Lewis Masterson, Callum Warrender, Joe Faulkner, Gareth Evans, Julian Cook.

Broadstreet U19 Colts 27 Banbury U19 Colts12

Street Start Slow!

Broadstreet U19s faced Banbury at home and despite a slow start during which they conceded two tries ran out winners by 27 points to 12 in a game displaying some fine team play by the lads from Rugby Road.

Banbury Brace makes ‘Street Bite Back!

Defensive indecision gifted Banbury two well taken tries, one converted from wide out, on 9 and 19 minutes before the ‘Street lads took control. Several opportunities were squandered through dropped passes, as ‘Street took control up front, with skipper Mikey Tyrrell, Dan Falchini, Joe Di Marco and Alex Clarke all carrying ball powerfully, enabling the backs to exploit Banbury’s defence out wide, before centre Sam Vagg finished off one such raid three minutes from half time. Jack Howland missed the wide out conversion. Half Time: Broadstreet 5 Banbury 12.

That Man Vagg Again!

The second half was all Broadstreet as they posted 22 unanswered points through tries by that man Vagg again, replacement back rower Ryan Stewart and lock Dan Staunton and two conversions and a penalty from Jack Howland.

Sam Vagg’s second, third minute unconverted touch down, came after some lovely open play from the kick off, with ball being quickly moved through the hands by forwards and backs alike.

Howland Hoofs Home!

Seven minutes later Jack Howland struck a fine penalty kick after offside at a ruck by Banbury to give ‘Street the lead for the first time. Banbury did create chances but sound defence by ‘Street prevailed to keep their line intact throughout the second half.

Stewart Strikes from Six Inches!!

Seven minutes later a kick by Vagg was followed up by fellow centre Christian Lynam and Vagg to force a lineout, 7 metres out. From the ensuing catch by ‘everywhere man’ Lewis Clarke and a drive, Dan Staunton took the ball close, followed by hooker Kyle Bonsor, to within inches and finished off by flanker Ryan Stewart, in a series of power plays. Howland landed two points from wide.

Six minutes from full time Dan Staunton capped off an energetic performance with a try which came from Banbury’s defensive lineout resulting from replacement winger Saleh Ahmed being bundled into touch with the line looming. Banbury won the lineout but pressure by ‘Street’s forwards saw Staunton rob a defender to power over and cap a fine individual and team performance.

Team: Jack Howland, Marc Brittain, Cristian Lynam, Sam Vagg, Bradley Ellis, Robbie Holmes, Lewis Gardner, Joe Di Marco, Kyle Bonsor, Dan Falchini, Dan Staunton, Alex Clarke, Liam Hill, Lewis Clarke, Michael Tyrrell.

Replacements: Ryan Stewart, Dan Price, Saleh Ahmed, Phil Pennington, Adam Naylor.

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