U12 v Cinderford (Home) 23 Feb 2014

0-34 Loss

Monmouth U12s faced Cinderford in a hastily arranged fixture on a pudding of a pitch, with tree debris being cleared in advance producing a stack ready for the half-time bonfire. For one reason or another, the teams have never met - a real shame that the previous strength of Monmouth could not before face up to the Foresters who we hear seem to defeat all before them.

A depleted side, bolstered by three U11s players, two of whom were stepping up an age-group for the first time, went into battle and worked tirelessly against strong, well-drilled opponents. Whilst the home side threatened on occasion, it was the visitors who took their chances, scoring three tries in each half, with only two successful conversions adding to their tally.

A creditable performance, given that it was the first rugby at all in weeks for Monmouth – well done to Ollie, Harry and Charles from the U11s for stepping into the breach.

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