H&D III 12 - 17 Ipswich YM
By Sean Mills
3s enjoy run out in friendly
The Mistley Quartet of Ed Barrie, Kyle Fox, Lewis Straton and Liam Read gelled well with their usual foes, Straton and Fox flexing their muscles in the forwards with Barrie running the plays at No.10 whilst Read new to the game this year moved in from his regular position on the wing to start in the centres relished the opportunity to run with ball in hand to give him his first ever try.
The Harwich contingent also welcomed Craig Tierney as he joined their ranks for the first time demonstrating his versatility and youthful enthusiasm as he took up position in the centres and later in his preferred position in the Backrow giving great account of himself to produce a solid performance and the day saw Ben Jones return to the senior game following time out from injury.
The Home side started the stronger as Harwich and Mistley collective familiarise themselves with one another whilst holding their own and making the host work for every yard of ground, despite the effort they were unable to stop the YM side from taking and early lead as they took a quick penalty to crash over the line for an unconverted try.
Ipswich were not given the opportunity to settle into any rhythm and build on their lead as the visitors showed great commitment to get amongst them to compete for the ball with great effect gaining territory which eventually saw Liam Read show great pace and awareness to thread his way through the defence to touch down for a try and with Ed Barrie splitting the upright and taking a fragile lead.
Confidence was growing amongst the Harwich/Mistley as they tried to play a more expansive game; the forwards were working hard in the set plays with Harwich’s Andy Page putting in a man of the Match performance as he reacquainted himself at hooker and young Jack Day bedded in at second row but it was the more settles home pack which had the upper hand, in open play there was little between the waring faction.
Both teams were proving to be evenly matched in the contested but it was the host once again who nudge ahead after spreading the defence to bag a try just before the interval and again soon after the restart with a single conversion.
Ipswich YM turned up the wick with the introduction of strong replacements from the bench, Un-phased the visitor continued to play in a similar vein soaking up the physicality as they held their own letting no one through as they battered their way up the park, late arrival Guy Williams rewarding his team for all the efforts as the little Bull dog burrowed his way over the line as they rattled the hosts.
The Home side finished the game with only fourteen men as the No.08 was shown yellow, the Blue and White of Harwich and Mistley continued to press, smelling victory only to be beaten by the clock and whilst unable to secure the win produce a very satisfactory performance.