7th November 2017
The Under 18s travelled to Bloxham School near Banbury to take on their 3rd XV. The squad somewhat rocked by last week's injuries was rallied and pulled together well by the Captain and Vice-Captain (Connor B and Sam N) which orchestrated the perfect response to last week's defeat.
Pitsford started as they meant to go on, immediately igniting the spark in their performance with crunching tackles and barnstorming carries which rose the game to what would go on to be a titanic clash of two even sides.
The rain moved from drizzle to monsoon contradictory to Mr Lewis' (Head of Geography) predictions and neither team seemed to notice. There seemed to be a mutual respect growing between both sides as tackles went flying in and the intensity rose.
Soon it was Pitsford hammering the line inside Bloxham's 22. They declined the opportunity to kick an early penalty and went for the jugular in trying to gain that critical first try. It wasn't to be - resolute defence from Bloxham and some attach errors close to the line meant that Pitsford couldn't quite cross the whitewash.
Pitsford didn't let this pressure though and it seemed every single clearance kick from Bloxham was magnetically attracted to full back Freddie B who was perfectly in position on every occasion and returning each kick with interest making his best personal performance to date.
As the first half closed, Pitsford were now under pressure. Their excellent defence held out for a sustained period before, unfortunately for Pitsford, one single error resulted in a try for Bloxham who also converted.
The half time team talk was very positive and the team returned to a highly spirited and strong performance. They were eager to get stuck in and hopefully turn the game into a victory.
Bloxham's performance rose again in the second half and a thrilling encounter ensued but neither side was really able to gain a field position which would allow them to strike.
Eventually, with Pitsford pushing to draw level this allowed a now well supported Bloxham to grab another score. Pitsford weren't done yet and spent the final 8 minutes desperately pushing to get one back but it wasn't to be.
An excellent performance - the kind where singling out one performer for man of the match wouldn't be easy or maybe even right. The whole team was at their best and several top performers including Sam G, Tobias W, Joe C, Tallah H and of course Freddie B. For this game though, despite the above notion and after a huge contribution to everything in the game this week, it goes to Ryan M who was phenomenal putting in his best ever performance in a Pitsford Shirt.
Final Score: Bloxham 12 - Pitsford 0