Hadleigh move into third round after away victory
NATIONAL COLTS CUP
Upminster Colts 19
Hadleigh Colts 29
Hadleigh Colts travelled to Upminster for the second round of the National Colts Cup and sealed a 29-19 win to move into the next round.
After a nervous error-strewn start, Hadleigh took the lead on 22 minutes courtesy of a Max Berridge try.
Robert Redmore converted the try to give the visitors a 7-0 lead, which was quickly wiped out by Upminster, who scored a converted try of their own four minutes later.
Hadleigh’s advanatge was restored in the 29th minute with a long range score from scrum-half Arthur Romer-Lee, giving the Suffolk side a 12-7 lead at the break.
Upminster then took the lead for the first time with a converted try early in the second-half, but tries from Hadleigh’s number eight Phil Dowding-Young and centre Jamie Cook put them firmly back in control of the match.
The Essex hosts scored a late consolation try to close the gap, but a penalty kick from fly-half Redmore sealed the victory for Hadleigh, as they finished up 29-19 victors.
Hadleigh will now meet Woodbridge in the third round of the cup, with the clash set to be played at Layham Road on Sunday, November 22.
n Hadleigh RFC have made a flying start in Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Two South, with three wins from their opening four games of the new season.
After a narrow 22-21 home defeat to Harwich and Dovercourt on the opening day, Hadleigh have bounced back with three consecutive wins to climb up to third in the table.
Back-to-back home wins over, first Mistley 54-29, and then Felixstowe 98-7 has left Hadleigh now trailing leaders Colchester III by three points.
Hadleigh return to action this weekend with a trip to Aldeburgh and Thorpeness on Saturday (1pm).