Winning streak continues for U16s
Alfie Godsal’s early hat-trick provides strong foundation for county cup win against Wisbeach
Cambridge came out of the blocks with intent and dominated the first twenty minutes with such purpose that it was a full fifteen minutes before the visitors even got their hands on the ball. During this period Alfie Godsal grasped three brilliant opportunities to pierce the visitor’s defence for his hat-trick and with two conversions by Callum Hall the hosts put 26 unanswered points on the scoreboard.
For the remaining 15 minutes of the half Cambridge lost their shape and individualism took over. This gave Wisbeach their first chance for a foray into the opposition’s half and they seemed to grow in confidence as the hosts struggled to put their team play together. Cambridge continued to dominate the breakdowns and set play but managed to loose the ball three times during scuffles in sight of the try line. However it was Oliver Roberts sheer physicality that broke the deadlock with a low surge over the whitewash and this followed by Richie Ellingham’s first conversion gave the hosts a 33 point lead at half time.
At no point did the visitors give up and they fought tenaciously for every ball. Cambridge continued to struggle to find the magic of their first 20 minutes and looked sluggish coming off their defensive line to engage with the advancing Wisbeach backs. In the second half there were as many Cambridge tries scored as fluffed with poor finishing but despite being reduced to 14 men with a yellow card they managed to score a further five tries before the final whistle. Some good periods of play culminated in tries for Ben Sloot, Ollie Haxton, Max Rathbone, Jake Webster. Harry Underwood’s dash down the wing was particularly attractive and his premature smile and exuberant grounding over the line was reminiscent of a Danny Care try. Richie Ellingham’s metronome boot added a further eight points in conversions, giving a final score of 66:0.
Thanks for a lesson in grit and determination from the Wisbeach lads and to the coaches and supporters for travelling all the way to Cambridge Good luck for the remainder of the season.