TWO months of hard pre-season training paid off when the Fenland Barbarians U16s, captained by Bourne’s Josh Flegg, faced Skegness away in their first competitive game of the season on Sunday.
In their new sky blue kit, sponsored by Eco Prokol, the Barbarians made light work of their opposition.
Fast, intense and tactical rugby was the game plan and from the first whistle the pack charged their way down the pitch, destroying Skegness in the scrum and soaring above them in the line.
After a quick scrum and three forward phases, the backs were released. Deeping’s Dylan Jones scored three minutes from the kick-off and further tries followed thick and fast with Jack Goodyear, Paddy Danielewski, Robert Martin (twice), Jack Lagdon, Ryan Ellicot, Perry Goddard and Dylan once again racking up a high score.
A bewildered Skegness tried their best to prevent a whitewash and an awkward bounce from a grubber kick, that teased around the winger, allowed them their only try. Ryan Ellicot made a valiant effort but couldn’t catch the runaway with a 10m advantage.
Later in the game the Barbarians showed real character as injuries to key players forced others out of position.
Head Coach, Mark Thomas, said: “The lads were superb and the result is a testament to their teamwork, discipline and positive attitude.
“It’s a great start to the season.”
Jack Goodyear was named man-of-the-match for showing determination and always being in the right place at the right time.
The coaches thanked all the supporters who made the journey to back the boys. Ice creams were enjoyed by all on the beach to celebrate the win afterwards.
The Barbarians face Sleaford in Deeping this weekend.
Boys in years ten or 11 at school are welcome to join the Fenland Barbarians. For details visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/bournerufc.