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Enfield Ignatians edge to Old Verulamians win
1:19pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
Enfield Ignatians Under-13s gained a fortuitous late 17-15 win over Old Verulamians.
Having been outplayed for large parts of the game, they secured an unlikely victory in the final minute following a second try from Shevhane Lumsden and a successful conversion from Ryan Loo in the Donkey Lane friendly.
Ignatians trailed 10-5 at the break after Angelo Denine forced his way over from a quick tap penalty move, and they were 15-10 down with four minutes to go.
Coach Kevin Linnane said: “The opposition were better than us and deserved to win the game. We were too individualistic.”
The minis were out in force and the Under-12s proved themselves to be in fine fettle after 8-1 and 4-3 wins over visiting Old Verulamians.
“The whole team played well and we also managed to integrate a couple of new recruits,” said coach Colin Pennicott.
The Under-9s, trading off the back of an impressive record of 34 wins and one draw in 36 games last season, made a good start to the campaign after taming Old Verulamians 8-6 and 10-8 in two hard-fought contests.
Coach Gareth Williams said: “We had two tough games against a very well-drilled outfit. We put in some fantastic tackles and there was some great off-loading on what were our first games of contact rugby.
“Sol Lambert and Rhys Williams were both immense for us.”
It was honours even as far as the Under-8s were concerned against the same St Albans-based opposition. After the 6-4 and 7-6 losses, the blue and golds shaded the remaining games 6-4 and 6-5.
Ben Villamor (five), Findlay Horsnell (five), Oliver Webb (seven) and Ben Roper (five) were on target in the wins.
The Under-11s were also in action but Verulamians had their measure by winning all three games 25-0, 5-0 and 20-5.
“We’ve been able to blood a couple of new recruits. Austin Lutwyche claimed his first try as a forward and William Gallo and Louis Sellick also played well,” said coach Richie Clifford.
Although the Under-10s scores weren't officially recorded, the St Albans-based Verulamians were on top at the final whistle.
“We’re showing signs of improvement and really enjoyed the occasion. It also proved a good learning curve for us as regards getting to grips with the new rules,” said coach Brian Davey.
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