Another Success for U14's
Home Win Against Syston
Newark U14s v Syston
Written by Chris Milligan
Checked by Charles PAley
8/10/17 at Kelham Road
Walkers Crisps are not from Syston. Some people think that they are made in Syston but they are, I'm afraid, mistaken….
Syston is in fact the home of Pukka Pies, a much smaller outfit employing 250 people in the town as opposed to 4,000 at Walkers down the road. Syston is also the home town of actress Terri Dwyer from Hollyoakes and singer Dave Bertram from Showaddywaddy. Some of you may well say “What is Hollyoakes?” but I reckon most will remember Showaddywaddy - looking up and down the touchline I imagine a few were probably fans…
The match was underway by five past 11 with a Newark kick off. Roland refereeing with a standard issue whistle. Thankfully he has not been able to source the Oakham variant which comes with an optional “bump-stock” and “high pitch enhancer”.
The game started with immediate pressure from Newark. 3 consecutive rucks were won by Newark. A knock on by Newark then led to a Syston scrum.
Syston won the first scrum and made a quick break. Syston managed to make 30m of ground and Newark failed to put tackles in when they were needed. Finally Newark made the first tackle and that led to a Newark Lineout. Newark “won” the uncontested lineout but it was followed quickly by a Newark knock-on. Syston awarded a further scrum.
Newark won the scrum against the head and a No.8 pickup was in the offing. Will C ran 30m and swerved through the Syston defence, scoring under the posts. The try was converted by George Francis who kicked consistently throughout the game.
Back to the kick off from Syston. The ball was knocked on by Newark as they failed to catch the high kick. Scrum down, Syston ball. A forward pass from Syston and a scrum was awarded to Newark.
Newark won the scrum and the ball was quickly passed out down the line. Quick and accurate passing by Newark led to a very swift Kye running down right hand side of the pitch and scoring under posts, George converted again.
Newark then conceded 2 penalties in a row for handing off to the face followed by a high tackle then a further penalty for not being back 10 metres. Syston kicked the 3rd penalty and gained a lineout 10 metres from the Newark Line. Within 2 minutes Syston had gained 40 metres due to multiple unforced errors from Newark.
The pressure from Syston was on again and the ball flew down the Syston line. Missed tackles and failure to note a 2 man overlap and Syston scored a textbook try. Our defence was not looking strong.
Syston were back in the match.
Newark kicked off. Quick pressure from Newark and a rapid run by Gabe saw another Newark score. George kicked, hitting crossbar with kick. It was very unlucky.
Newark received the next kick and following some scuffling in the ruck, Syston conceded a penalty and Newark kicked to touch. Lineout. Dropped again by Newark in the uncontested lineout. Newark therefore conceded another scrum. The catching in the lineouts by Newark - or sometimes the lack of it - may need some attention from our coaches.
Syston counter-attacked again. Newark conceded yet another penalty for coming over in the ruck. Thankfully the number of infringements by Newark slowed and it was confirmed that Roland was indeed in possession of a standard issue whistle.
Newark were awarded a penalty and a great kick from Ben D to touch on the Newark 22 saw the Newark boys start to advance again.
Better handling this time and Will C broke from the lineout and ran through to score under the posts. Try converted.
Syston kicked off again. The play quickly turned into a driving maul. The ball was not coming out so a scrum to Newark who had retained possession of the ball in the maul and were making ground. Newark then lost possession and conceded a penalty which Syston then kicked into touch, gaining a lineout about 10m from the Newark line. Newark began to feel the pressure again as Syston threw in a crooked ball. A further lineout, Newark ball. Newark lost possession quickly following a very long pass which bounced twice before the knock-on. A more direct, shorter pass was required.
It wasn't long before Newark were awarded a penalty just near their own line following a Syston handoff to the face. Another poor pass from Newark and Syston continued to pressurise. Newark lineout. The Lineout led to static passing by the Newark backs. The ball was moved across the pitch quickly with speed. The handling was better, quicker and more directly but there was a no forward momentum from the backs. After 6 passes Newark were no further forward. This was down to not running on to the ball and a flat, defensive line. A quick break from Kye however led to a great run down the left hand side of the pitch to score under the posts. 31-5 at half time.
Before we knew it the second half was underway. Ben D attacked on the left hand side and was stopped by a fantastic tackle by Olly from Syston, taking him in to touch. This was probably the best tackle of the match so far. Decisive and fearless. It looked like Ben was home and dry but some really good rugby from Syston.
Not long thereafter Ben D intercepted a Syston pass and was straight through to score under posts. The try was converted by George Francis and it was 38-5 to Newark.
A Syston penalty led to the opposition making 40m with several missed tackles from Newark. Syston nearly scored but a Newark turnover ball and break followed by a kick from Newark and another pick up by Ben D who scored under the Syston posts. The try was converted by George who was consistently hitting target.
Newark won a scrum and there then followed a superb kick through by Will Walker. The ball was chased up by Ben D who kicked again, a nice pick up but he dropped the ball just before touching down as he went into contact. Unlucky. Good intuitive rugby.
Another Newark scrum. Newark were 15 metres from the Syston line and a No.8 pickup by Finn who took it down the blind side scoring a quick Newark and try.
The Conversion was missed but it was from some distance away from the posts. 50-5.
After the kick off there was another break by Newark and a great try run in from Gabe after a pass from Ben D to Raph who set up Gabe nicely. Great positive rugby from Newark. Finely tuned handling.
A period of sustained pressure from Syston followed for the last ten minutes. Syston came close to scoring twice but the ball was held up by Newark on the Newark line. A Scrum was awarded but the referee then gave a penalty to Syston. Continued pressure was being applied by Syston. The ball was held up again. Scrum down, Syston ball.
Syston made a break and score a try after several nice, direct and short passes. Syston kicked for the conversion and scored to make it 57-12.
The sustained pressure from Syston in the last period was rightfully rewarded with the try and conversion. Newark’s performance during the last period was a little lacklustre.
Just after noon and a Newark scrum which led to a No.8 pickup. Poor passing and handling led to a Newark knock-on and Syston winning a scrum. Syston now looking strong.
And then it was all over. Final whistle and full time. Newark 57, Syston 12.
The general consensus from the spectators was that the scoreline was a little unfair to Syston. The boys played well for most of the match and they were the better team. Syston however fought hard and kept their heads up throughout. They had periods of dominance and the Newark tackling and handling was not always at its best. It was however a good performance and a well deserved win.
Once again it was great to see a number of boys who were not playing today turn up and support their team. I’m sure it is very helpful to watch and learn from the sidelines and equally sure that this is appreciated by the coaches and boys playing. This is just one example of why Newark under 14’s is a very special team.
For those who are missing the bacon sarnie review, I am sorry to say that the Oakham Variant Bacon Roll remains head and shoulders above all others and today’s Newark offering simply does not come close. The taste, texture and quality - not to mention quantity - of the Oakham Northfield Farm Shop bacon combined with the a freshly baked roll has yet to be surpassed.
Finally, a special mention to Will Walker and Isaac Codd who volunteered to play for Syston, who were a man down. Thanks boys.