Under-13s Bounce Back in Style
By Andrew Flaxman
What a difference a week makes as youngsters stage remarkable turnaround
Well, stating the blooming obvious, running in seven excellent tries and keeping a clean sheet at the other end is a rather different result to last week's 11-0 defeat to Stow and reflects a much better performance. Yet in truth, just as the Stow scoreline heavily flattered the Cotswold outfit, so Wolverhampton can consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the long journey home with at least a couple of tries to their name.
That they didn't reflects partly how well our lads played against a Black Country side that certainly outdid them when it came to a weigh-in, but constantly found themselves coming up against a brick wall of defence that refused to give way at any point.
From the start it required excellent first man up tackling from Evesham to stop the visitors, with Harry, Theo and Darcey to the fore. That defence was a whole-team performance with Evesham's rucking much better than last week and it was a penalty won at the breakdown that allowed Alex to open the scoring, soon to be followed by what looked like a second as Theo fly-hacked and outsprinted the Wolverhampton backline only to knock on in the act of touching down.
The match was turning into a very open and enjoyable game as both sides were playing flat out, tackling, passing and running well. Our boys, for whom Tom was making his debut, were moving the ball through the hands with confidence and none of the loose Harlem Globetrotters stuff that cost them so dearly against Stow. As they began to turn on the pressure good passing from Harry put Ewan into the corner and soon after Theo, who was having an outstanding match, broke through to make it 3-0 as the first quarter came to an end.
Wolverhampton came back at them hard in the second quarter, camping in the Asum half for long periods and it was only excellent tackling from Harry, Theo and the two Olis that stopped them scoring the tries their overall play deserved. It's a cliche, but you are always vulnerable to a sucker punch if you don't make your pressure count and throughout this period Evesham did threaten a breakaway score and Ewan was put clear only to be called back for a forward pass, before he himself sent Theo in for his second to stretch the Evesham lead.
It was a similar tale after half-time as an even game saw the men in black unable to break through, whilst excellent passing saw Harry twist in the air to touch down rugby-league style in the corner.
An excellent match was beginning to get a bit feisty as Wolverhampton grew frustrated, but the final minutes saw Theo score his hat-trick and Darcey sprint in to score his first try for Evesham to make the final score 7-0.
Team: Darcey, Theo, Harry, Oli P, Oli A, Django, Jonty, Kal, Josh N, Josh A, Tom, Connor, Alex, Angelo, Ewan, Harvey, Owen, Luke D
Tries: Theo (3), Alex, Ewan, Harry, Darcey