Bognor rugby lads end Heath’s proud run

Bognor under-13s on the attack versus Haywards Heath
Bognor under-13s on the attack versus Haywards Heath

Bognor under-13s finished their league campaign on a high by defeating unbeaten Haywards Heath 10-7.

Heath opened the scoring with a brilliant display of rugby through the hands of their backs to see their player make the most of the overlap and place the ball down in the corner.

Bognor’s points doubled the number Heath had conceded all season.

A difficult but good conversion saw Heath 7-0 up minutes before the half-time whistle with Bognor having lost winger Harry Lindsey to a concussion injury. Jacob Booth was bought on to cover at blindside wing.

The second half saw Bognor fight back with some great tackles by MoM Ewan Harrington.

A battle on the line saw Bognor second row James Billingham dot one down in the corner to take it to 7-5. The conversion from the tight angle proved too difficult for captain Elvis Millen.

Haywards Heath were unsure how to deal with the advancing Dylan Gyles, Rhys Davis and outside centre Finn Glass. Superb handling through Ollie Page and Ben Woolnough distributed through Woody Gilbert-Jones and out to Jacob Booth or Phoenix Ford on the wings meant Bognor were firmly camped in the Heath half.

From the scrum, fantastic hooking by Ethan Teasdale won the ball for Bognor every time.

From the back of the fifth scrum Bognor No8 and captain Elvis Millen saw his chance and powered over the line and through the tiniest of gaps – making it 10-7 with four minutes left.

Bognor’s points doubled the number Heath had conceded all season.

Great defending and ruck turnovers by Jack Trenham, Dru Cannon and Owen Thomas kept Bognor in the lead.

BOGNOR: Davis, Teasdale, Gyles, Cannon, Billingham, Trenham, Thomas, Millen, Page, Woolnough, Gilbert-Jones, Glass, Ford, Booth, Harrington, Weller, Chitty, Clegg, Jordan, Lindsey, Booker-Russ, Collins.

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