Harwich 9 tries Manningtree 3
Tries from Keenan Brown, Tom Humphries, Ozzy Barker, Charlie Gueizelar, Jack Cheverall, Tyler Beezley, Sivanjan Sivakumar and two from Phillip Sebastion.
In a team reshuffle against Manningtree new combinations were tried out to test Harwich’s strength in depth. Harwich started well and showed a clear game plan with driving runs from Andrew Bird and Floyd Barker. Harwich were soon on the front foot, with the forwards creating holes around the park, the ball was passed out wide to Keenan Brown who beat 3 players to score in the corner. The pattern of play was set for the next 10 minutes as Harwich’s forwards Bradley Stanford and Harrison Mann continued to drive Manningtree back creating space for further tries from Ozzy Barker and Tom Humphries.
Callum Chambers had a superb game at winger making some driving runs, putting in some big tackles and asking questions of the defence. From one of his runs the ball was fed to Tommy Palmer who with a nicely timed pass fed Charlie Gueizelar who sprinted around the outside of the defence to score Harwich’s next try.
Phillip Sebastion had another outstanding game at fly half with his quick feet and evasive running earning him two and Harwich two further tries. Jackson Rapley made several try saving tackles which prevented Manningtree from coming back into the game. Recycled ball from one of Jacksons hits lead to the ball being shipped out wide for Jack Cheverall to scramble over in the corner. Tyler Beezley was next in on the scoring action with a bull dozing run up the middle of the park he scattered defenders like a giant bowling ball running through skittles scoring a well earned solo try. With minutes to go Manningtree attacked the Harwich line looking for their 4th try of the game however Sivanjan Sivakumar stole the ball and sprinted the length of the pitch for what proved to be Harwich’s 9th and final score.
A scrappy game and although Harwich dominated they could of played with more structure and highlighted several key areas to develop in training. With no league games left to play the Year 9’s remain undefeated conceding only one draw, the team will look to progress to the final awaiting confirmation on results elsewhere.