SUCCESS FOR YOUNG CYCLISTS
Hard work done in pre-season and with new players
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