Date: Sun 6th Nov 2016
This fixture represented the first cup game of the season. The opening minutes were dominated by Epping with pressure onto the Harlow try line, our defence held out well and turned the game around. The opening try came from a good set play which involved the backs with Connor Clarke passing to Daniel Keane who went into tackle and offloaded to Callum Wright who was supporting him, try scored in the corner. It wasn’t long before we were on the score sheet again. This was down to our forwards picking up and going into tackle, eventually offloading to the backs, who again provided good support play. This meant that Connor Clarke could score. Connor Ingram scored two more points with conversion. 12-0. Pressure was still being applied by Epping who were very good at rucking. Our forwards were a match for them. Half time score 12-0.
The second half started with Harlow putting pressure onto the opposition which resulted in a third try, the ball came loose and was collected off the ground by Daniel Ringer who had one intention, and that was to run for the line. He scored in the corner. Again, an excellent conversion from Connor Ingram, what a developing skill on kicks from a tight angle. Score now 19-0. The game was now evenly matched but with both sides knocking on and playing on the floor resulting in turn ball it was getting a little srappy. Epping were awarded a penalty 10 metres out for a Harlow being offside which resulted in a try for them almost under the posts. Score now 19-5. The game wasn’t over yet, Harlow had to step up and with great forward play, pick up and go, we got to the 10 metre line, we were awarded a penalty which resulted in a quick tap from George Garner and passing to George Garner who scored with two Epping players hanging from his shirt. Score 24-5. To be fair to Epping, they kept coming forward and with minutes to go, scored another try from a penalty 10 metres out. No conversion. Final score 24-10.
Well done to Harlow lads, who kept the fight up and earned a well-deserved win. Every one of the team worked their socks off. Coaches and players are aware of the team shortcomings and these will be worked on before the next game. Thank you to Tony Hill for being referee on the day.
And finally a big thank you to the great support we had on the day. It made all the difference.
Man of the Match: George Garner
Squad: Daniel Keane, George Garner (captain), George Gazzard, Leo Roach, Ewan Taplin, Peter Watt, Owen Higgins, Joe Norris, Will Keep, Alex Perry, Connor Ingram, Callum Wright, Sam Collins, Connor Clark, Sammy Kafas, Jack Johnson, Cam Howard, Lewis Chapman, Lou McArdell, Logan Thornwood, Daniel Mackenzie, Daniel Ringer, Ed Obeney, Joel Holding.