Letchworth upset the odds to lift cup
Letchworth under-15s upset the odds to lift the county cup in a dramatic final against holders Old Albanians. They went ahead with a penalty around 25m out, which Alfie Burkett duly despatched, for a half-time lead. Old Albanians forced a score in the cor
Letchworth under-15s upset the odds to lift the county cup in a dramatic final against holders Old Albanians.
They went ahead with a penalty around 25m out, which Alfie Burkett duly despatched, for a half-time lead.
Old Albanians forced a score in the corner in the second half but Letchworth responded.
They got their reward with a penalty from around 30m just left of the posts with less than 10 minutes left on the clock. Burkett, with his deceptively lazy style, slotted the kick to take the lead.
The OAs kicker had a chance to win it for his side but his penalty attempt went wide.
Letchworth repelled some late pressure to take the game 6-5.
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The full county cup winning squad was Conor Turner, Alex Littlewood, Lloyd Bates, Jack Wharton, Cameron Yates, Phil Aldridge, Liam Fitts, David Hill, Tom Jubb, Lewis Waters, Alfie Burkett, Jack Anthony, Rob Booth, Daniel Roberts, Tom Ansell, Chris Ellis, Jonny Wheeler, Ross Howard, and Michael Burnett.
* Hitchin under-14s lost to Hemel Hempstead in the county plate final.
The young Hedgehogs had beaten Datchworth, Harpenden and Hertford in earlier rounds but lost 14-7 to Hemel at the final hurdle despite taking the lead.
Inspirational number eight Callum Taylor charged forward to make at least 25m deep into the Hemel defence. The ball was recycled immediately to give player of the season Callum McRobbie excellent possession at fly-half and he cut beautifully inside and ghosted past several players to score just beside the posts. Tom Jeffries converted.
This early lead was gone by the break courtesy of a converted score from Hemel.
Hemel pressure resulted in another converted try on the restart and Hitchin could not recover.
During the season, Hitchin won 14 of their 20 matches and scored 420 points with only 200 against in the Herts/Middlesex Two.
* Datchworth's under-sevens narrowly failed to progress to the semi-final stage of the recent Herts Tag Festival.
Their top scorer at Tring was Robbie Nightingale who ended the tournament with nine tries.
The Datchworth squad comprised Max Guthrie, Robbie Nightingale, George Little, Duncan Douglas, Liam Byrne, Benji Denison, Owen Macgillivray, Jake Lewis, Joshua Lewis, Joshua Wintle and Samuel Elvery.
* Letchworth Girls under-18s are through to the finals of the RFUW National 10s for the second year running.
The national finals are in Lichfield in May and Letchworth finished fifth at these last year.