19th Jan 2020, KO 11:00
Despite having not played for 8 weeks, the U17s came away from Medway at the weekend with a hard fought and well deserved win.
With a full squad of 20 players, the Thanet boys stared strongly with some controlled phase play, bossed by Jack Cohen returning to his preferred fly half position. And it was not long before Wanderers took the lead when Cohen fed strong running centre, Harry Carter who despite some cover tackling scrambled over under the posts for a 7-0 lead.
Medway have been an improving team for 3 years or more and they never roll over. Some controlled play from them and tactical kicking from their fly half saw them camped in the Thanet half and eventually snuck in the corner to reduce the deficit to 2 points.
Under head coach Ian Lodge, Wanderers U17s have a very distinct style of play with forwards controlling the ball in the tight, concentrating the defence before releasing the pacey backs into open space. It was exactly this that saw Cameron Beck feed his winger, James Crompton who cut inside and crashed over to extend the lead before half time. Cohen added the extras for a 14-5 lead.
The second half saw a number of changes under the half-game rule and Wanderers took a while to get into their stride. In fact it was Medway who struck first to reduce the lead to 14-10 before Cohen gathered his own kick to scamper into the corner and convert his own try to take the lead out to 21-10.
The final parts of the game were an even battle with Medway’s big forwards making inroads into the Thanet defence, but strong tackling especially from full back, Tom Piggott kept them at bay. Shortly before the end, prop Kieran Murray on his return from injury reached out from a typical bustling run to make the final score 28-10 after Cohen added the extras.
Next week sees the U17s join up with the U18s for the second round of the Kent Colts Cup at Ashford. Victory in that game will see them progress to the quarter finals.
Tries: Carter, Crompton, Murray, Cohen
Con: Cohen 4
19th Jan 2020
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