Hard work done in pre-sea­son and with new play­ers

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

NEWLY-PRO­MOTED Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ made a win­ning start to life in London Two North West this week and it came as no sur­prise to team boss Gor­don Brown.

Tay­lors’, whose sec­ond string also made a step up a di­vi­sion, ran out com­fort­able 34-13 win­ners against the Saints to start with a vic­tory and Brown reck­ons it’s all down to the hard work done by the man­age­ment in the sum­mer.

He said: “We have had a very good pre-sea­son, first play­ing in six Sevens Tour­na­ments, which at­tracted new play­ers to us, and then a well-struc­tured fit­ness and skills pro­gramme un­der head coach Fran­cois Lom­bard, sup­ported by Andy Bruce as skills and con­di­tion­ing coach, Sean Ham­mond and newly-re­cruited sec­ond XV coach Phil Smith.

“Our wins against firstly Maiden­head RFC – a league above us – and then both teams beat­ing En­field Ig­na­tians – who are the same level but a dif­fer­ent di­vi­sion – was a pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tion that we would be ready for the leagues we have been pro­moted to. More than 20 play­ers have joined us this sea­son.”

Joe White, Taya Ade­sanya James Gre­gory, Mar­cus-Alexan­der Neil and new first XV cap­tain Craig Foster, play­ing at fly-half, were all on tar­get in the win.

They face old foes Har­row on Satur­day in what prom­ises to be a fiery contest.

OMTs seconds, led by new cap­tain Daniel Phillips, were also play­ing St Al­bans and came away with a 46-22 win in their Herts/ Middx Merit Ta­ble Di­vi­sion Three clash.

A hat-trick was scored by 19-year-old winger Harry Bell­man and new sign­ing, 18-year-old Josh Le­wan­i­tuva im­pressed through­out.

Else­where, London One North out­fit Ruis­lip picked up their first win of the cam­paign by beat­ing Old Prio­r­i­ans 53-27 on Satur­day and they visit Thur­rock this week­end.

Mean­while the Herts/Middx League Di­vi­sion Two ac­tion kicks off this week with a derby be­tween Uxbridge and Ick­en­ham while Hilling­don Ab­bots visit Old Isle­wor­thi­ans.

n READY FOR BAT­TLE: Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ pre­pare to take on St Al­bans


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