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).