Telford Tourists Win at Banbury
By Keith Cook
Final Day Defeat for the Under 14s
Banbury Under 14s welcomed Telford Hornets Under 14s to the DCS Stadium for the first leg of their Cotswolds Tour which, from looking back through the season, promised to be a close encounter between two well-matched teams.
Unfortunately, Banbury were unable to field a full side with eleven players missing due to unavailability, injury, and late withdrawals. With half the team playing out of position and the loan of a Telford player to make up the numbers, the teams took to the field in bright sunshine.
The visitors raced into a 14-0 lead with two converted tries with the hosts struggling to get out of their own half (which was partly due to the Banbury team getting used to playing in their unfamiliar positions). The second score seemed to kick-start the Banbury players and a concerted spell of pressure led to Rafe Wingrove
crashing over in the corner. Charlie Cranley
missed a difficult conversion from the touch line but Banbury were back in the game. Telford scored there third converted try of the match, before a clever chip kick from Conor McAvoy
into the deep in goal area saw Charlie Cranley
with the foot race to touch down the loose ball behind the posts, with Rafe Wingrove
adding the extras. Telford added their fourth converted try before the half-time break to go into the interval 28 - 12 up.
The second half started with Telford adding another converted try before Charlie Cranley
scored his second. This was quickly followed by arguably the try of the match - Charlie Cranley
picked up the ball in his own 22 beating several defenders before the ball made its way along the back line, ending up in the hands of Henry Bailey
who sprinted over in the corner to bring the score back to 35-22. There was still time for Telford to add to their tally, finishing with six converted tries, to make the final score 42-22.
The match was closer than the final score suggests, with Banbury clearing missing some of their absentees.
We hope Telford enjoyed their visit and have a good tour. We look forward to meeting them in the future.