Sittingbourne and Sheppey U14s v Thanet Wanderers U14s on 27th January
Thanet U14s rested their DPP/DPG players this week taking a small squad to the Sunny Isle of Sheppey for a game against SAS (Sittingbourne and Sheppey for the uninitiated). Leaving Thanet on a cold wet and windy morning, coaches, parents and players were relieved to find the sun shining on the Island!
Playing uphill into the wind in the first half Thanet started unusually well, tackling hard and keeping out a spirited and aggressive SAS side. Eventually the deadlock was broken when Josh ‘Crazy Legs’ Perry hoodwinked the opposition with some dazzling footwork to outpace his opposite wing and the fullback and score under the posts. This was converted by “Player of the Week” and Captain Harrison Quittenden. Thanet’s forward pack was dominant in the scrums and rucks and after another probing kick from fly-half Harrison was knocked on close to the SAS line, the Thanet forwards took a fine scrum against the head with flanker Sam Molyeneux reaping the reward by scoring from a near pushover try as the ball squirted out from the scrum. Thanet were leading 12 to 0 at half time.
The second half looked promising with Thanet playing downhill with the wind, but SAS fought back valiantly denying Thanet several scoring opportunities including a good pick up and drive from stand in No 8 Josh Lidstone. Harrison was also denied a try in the swamp of a corner after a fine kick and chase when he was deemed to have knocked on whilst swimming/ sliding over the line.
All in all this was a great display by Thanet who ended up defending until the last minute with 14 men due to various injuries. Harrison was named “POW” by the SAS coaches and Sam M was named “POW” by the Thanet coaches for his great forward try and his immense tackling. Coaches and parents were extremely pleased as to how the team played against a very shall we say spirited opposition.
Thanks to Thanet Wanderers for this article and a big well done to the under 14’s for such an exciting match!
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