EVESHAM U16s progressed into the last four of the North Midlands Cup thanks to a 17-0 victory at Bridgnorth in the quarter-finals.
Evesham began the game as they meant to carry on with a drive taking the ball into Bridgnorth’s half. The first scrum of the match did not bode well for Evesham though as they were pushed off the ball, but fine tackling by George Bell and Will Pearce stopped Bridgnorth, with Romeo Johnson-Williams coming in for the first of many turnovers.
This set up a drive to the line with the ball making its way back into the hands of Johnson-Williams for the first of Evesham’s tries, converted by Jonny Tarring.
Bridgnorth kept up the pressure but Evesham did not give them many chances to get out of their half. As the first half drew to a close, Evesham kept up the pressure on Bridgnorth, pushing them to their 5m line, which paid off when Zac Tinker made a lunge for the line for Evesham’s second try.
Evesham used their kicking game in the second half to keep Bridgnorth pinned in their half as both sides battled with the muddy conditions.
Bridgnorth did manage to break out, dancing past several players, but the seemingly inevitable try was saved by a tap tackle from Ciaran Wright.
Bridgnorth edged to Evesham’s 5m line – throwing everything they had at their opponents – but a long passage of defensive play by Evesham kept them out until Bridgnorth conceded a penalty.
From the penalty Evesham built their momentum, with carries by Bell and Johnson-Williams taking Evesham back into Bridgnorth’s half and some deft footwork and passing of the ball allowed captain Ashley Symonds hands to score Evesham’s third try.