Chingford youngsters raring to go after Woodford win (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Chingford Under-15s ready for new season after beating Woodford 31-5
6:31pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Chingford Under-15s look ready to mount another promotion challenge in the Essex Youth League Division Three after beating Woodford 31-5 at home in a pre-season friendly.
The hosts made a fast start and attacked Woodford, who were only saved by strong tackling from Toby Harrison and William Tindall.
A quick offload from Chingford centre Josh Oranu-Noah however gave Conor Hurst, returning to the Chingford fold after a two-year absence, the opportunity to show his team what they had been missing when he made a powerful 40-metre run which resulted in a fine try to open the scoring.
Woodford’s best move of the half saw Tom Mead, Alex Marks and Will Carey combine superbly but another Chingford try from captain Andreas Constantinou put the home side in control.
Woodford were nearly breached again when number eight Jim Downey ran back the Woodford restart but he was denied a solo try just short of the line.
Calum Smith impressed on his debut, taking the game to Woodford at every opportunity and with such energy that they were unable to contain him.
Another returning old boy, Joe Bragg, made a notable contribution along with the rest of the Chingford pack.
Woodford conceded a third try shortly before half-time when winger Myles Chrisostomou took advantage of a quick interception to score.
Full-back Willie Mays continued a faultless first-half display of conversion kicking to make the interval score 21-0 to Chingford.
Despite several changes for the second half, Chingford continued to dominate and from a sweeping length-of-the-pitch move, winger Sean Parker increased their lead to 26-0.
Shortly after, number ten Calum Cox cleverly intercepted a Woodford pass to score.
Despite being put under huge pressure Woodford manfully battled until the end and were rewarded with a deserved try from Mike Chamberlain to complete the scoring.