Testing time but Tees youngsters come through

SUNDAY morning (2 December) on the first team pitch at Oakfield served up an interesting Under 16 clash between league table toppers Thurrock and great East London rivals, Eton Manor.
Games between Tees and “Manor” are always feisty and usually come down to a score either way.
Ravaged by injury and illness, Eton Manor succumbed to an early try by Tees, following a successful training ground “rolling maul” move by the rampaging Tees pack
However, Eton Manor are not respected rivals for nothing. Wave and wave of attack was repulsed by Tees until Ed Huish dinked his way through to level things at 5-5 after 10 minutes.
Tit for tat scores as Tees responded with Harry Reynolds going over in the corner on the 20th minute mark, followed by a well worked try by Eton Manor taking the ball through the hands to score on the 25th minute mark 10-10.
Before half time, Thurrock hit a purple patch, flanker Lewis Palmer scored to move tees ahead and then starlet, Archie Holding showed some blistering pace to score a try to make the score 22-10 at the break.
Early second half tries by winger George Sharp and “player pick of the day”, Lewis Palmer pushed Thurrock ahead to 34-10 with the tie virtually decided.
Eton Manor, urged on by their mentors and travelling supporters continued to contest each and every tackle and collision and Manor’s Ed Huish ran in two late tries to make the final score 34-20 and secure his try hat trick for the day.