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03
NOV

Millwall Lions lifted their performances on Sunday with two impressive showings on Millwall Park. The U17s recorded a fantastic win over Upper Clapton 19-12, while the inexperienced U15s gave a scare to visitors Braintree before going down 27-21.

Centre, Charlie Jackson was first to score for the U15s with a run-away try under the posts after visitors had scored two early tries. Jayson Thompson converted and the home side went into the break trailing 10-7.

U15 Captain Charlie Brennand put his side on the front foot in the second half with a break-away try of his own, with Thompson again converting to the give the U15s a 17-10 lead.

Braintree hit back with a try of their own before giving away a penalty close to their line. Thompson’s kick hit the post but several Braintree players were soon found in offside positions.

From the ensuing scrum, forward Ashfaq Uddin crashed over to set the score at 21-17 with less than 10 minutes remaining.

The more experienced Braintree players weathered the storm however and grabbed a try soon after to lead 23-21. With a large crowd willing the home side on, Millwall tried valiantly to regain the lead. Their defence was solid until a forward pass missed by the referee sent the Braintree winger away for a try on the final whistle, sealing an away victory 27-21.

Despite the close loss, coach Scott Vinnicombe was delighted with his team’s performance:

“I have to keep remembering that this is only their second ever match," he said. "They showed a massive improvement today and the enthusiasm and energy was very pleasing to see.

“A victory is just around the corner for us, I think, and I think that will really inspire the boys to do better."

Millwall U17 went one better in the following match of the day, ending their losing streak and proving to their coach that they have what it takes to play as a team.

Facing off against Upper Clapton, it looked as if old habits would die hard when the visitors ran in two quick tries to lead 12-0.

But some inspirational play from forward Karl Storey lifted the home team spirits as he crashed over in the corner on the back of a 20 metre run.

Prop and Pack Leader followed next with a dominant run to score under the posts to continue the fight back. Both tries were converted by Captain Oliver Jardine.

After defending their line valiantly for a prolonged period, the young Millwall men looked to clinch victory at 14-12.

Jack Darbey put the result beyond doubt with a 25 metre try following some great lead up work from fly half Anthony Donovan.

Coach Chris Davis expressed relief following the match:

“The effort was definitely there today and the boys looked like more of a team” he said.

“Hopefully this will be the start of our build towards the Essex U17 Cup at the end of November.”

Both the U15s and U17s will again feature at home on Millwall Park next Sunday.

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