New boys impress for second string
There were several positives despite Letchworth s second team losing 29-25 at their Woodford counterparts. They ultimately paid the price for a poor first-half performance. There were two debutants on display – Dave Rea from South Africa showed pace on th
There were several positives despite Letchworth's second team losing 29-25 at their Woodford counterparts.
They ultimately paid the price for a poor first-half performance.
There were two debutants on display - Dave Rea from South Africa showed pace on the wing, while giant 6ft 10in lock James Bairstow, ex-National League Bradford and Bingley, came on in the second half and showed some useful touches.
At 19-0 down, Letchworth woke up for the last 10 minutes of the half and sustained pressure led to Polish workhorse George Ghita crashing over for a deserved score.
Letchworth leaked a further score in the first few minutes of the new half before Mark Ellis put over a penalty and Woodford scored again for an almost unassailable lead at 29-8.
The last half an hour was all Letchworth to turn the game into a real thriller. The forwards started to put in some driving runs while the backs found some real penetration.
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Their fightback began with skipper James Nye scoring after some immense forward pressure. Ellis banged the conversion right between the sticks.
Then scrum-half Alex Firth scored a brace of tries. The first was after a fine backs move but the second was a real opportunistic scrum-half try pinching the ball from a Woodford maul. Ellis hit the bar with his first conversion and narrowly missed with the second.
This ensured the last five minutes were a humdinger as Letchworth threw everything at their hosts.
Both wingers went close as desperate Woodford defence held them out and Letchworth were even awarded a scrum under the Woodford posts in the dying seconds which did not yield a score.