Lytchett Minster under 15’s travelled to Meyrick Park for the first round of the Dorset and Wilts cup.

Lytchett were expecting a tough test against Oakmedians whose squad has recently been bolstered by Bournemouth U15’s players due to their U15’s folding. Both teams started with strong intent, in particular some strong tackling from the Lytchett back row.

However this dominance was short lived as Oakmedians soaked up the tackles and regained possession. Oaks progressed into the Lytchett 22 and after a long arm wrestle with the Lytchett defence Oaks drove over for their first try.

After the restart Lytchett afforded the Oaks backs too much space and soon conceded again. Things looked gloomy for Lytchett but they dug in and fought hard for possession and were rewarded with a try to come back to within 7 points.

Once again, in open play Lytchett didn’t close in defence onto the Oaks backs who took advantage and scored again to go into a 19 – 7 lead at half time.

With the second half starting, Lytchett looked the stronger team and scored an unconverted try to bring the scoreline to 19-12 in Oakmedians’ favour. Lytchett continued to battle for their third score but poor discipline and decision making made the task seem a distant possibility. However a loose ball to the Lytchett fullback was a mistake that Oaks were to regret. The Lytchett fullback sprinted 60 metres breaking three tackles along the way only to be tackled round the neck before a certain try.

This resulted in a penalty try which brought the scores even at 19-19. The last ten minutes were a tense affair with Lytchett gaining territory on Oakmedians a number of times to go close on three occasions. The last minute saw Lytchett go all out for the winning try and within one metre of Oakmedians’ try line they knocked forward which brought the final whistle from the referee.

Lytchett showed character to bring themselves back into the game and ended on a positive with a relentless last 10 minutes of play.

Lytchett would like to wish Paolo Richardson well after picking up an injury in the first half. Speedy recovery Paolo.

Lytchetts’ next fixture is away to Sherborne on the 24th of October.

Try scorers

Bruno Skinner – 1 try

Ricardo Morgan – 1 try

Mitch Sibley – 1 try (penalty try)

Conversions Bruno Skinner – 1 conversion