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Under 13s Match Reports, 2019

Stanley Rangers U13s 30 v Milford Marlins U13s 26

The Under 13s bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat to edge a thrilling home tie against Milford Marlins.  

A rejigged Rangers line-up with Elliot Dixon-Griffiths at full-back spent the first 10 minutes defending until Milford crashed over to lead 4-0. Luke Nicholls pulled a try back and with recognised kicker Tom Hayes temporarily off the pitch with injury hooker Tylor Lindsay bravely stepped up to convert.  Although Mason Hindle, under pressure all match on the wing, took a superb high ball from the kick-off, he was bundled backwards and Milford kept their foot on the gas to score again, before half-time.  

8-6 and all to play for – and Milford were determined to take it, putting together some fine attacks to build a score of 26 with only one try in response - Nicholls again, with Hayes adding the extras.  Rangers looked down and out at 26-12 but responded superbly to produce one of their most exciting finishes ever to a game. Nicholls had caused problems in attack and defence all match and was almost out on his feet by now, but dug deep to score three further tries - 5 in total - allowing Hayes to do his bit with a 100% conversion rate to take the lead at 30-26 with only a few minutes to go, and the entire team then worked in defence and attack to keep Milford pinned down until the final whistle, thrilling the spectators and leaving head coach Craig Williamson speechless (a first!) and shredded on the sidelines.  

Whilst Nicholls was the star of the show, taking both Players’ and Coaches’ Man of the Match, and Hayes, Lindsay and half-back Dan Hagan worked well to co-ordinate and organise the team, excellent defence across the park was the real difference from last week.  

Joshua Smith and Harvey Harrap supplied eye-catching moments to add to the platform established by usual suspects Kyan Denton, Thomas Leaver and Will Dobson, and Olly Fitzsimons must surely see his confidence grow after consistently getting stuck in to earn Man of Steel.  

Opposition Man of the Match was awarded to Dixon-Griffiths, particularly pleasing as he was playing out of position and struggling with injuries.  

Back to the top of the table over Easter and looking forward to the cup game against local rivals Eastmoor in 10 days’ time!      

 Match Report sent in by Kath Hayes.

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