Copthorne 2   Cottesmore  7  Scorers: Sam P, Sam R

Our second match of the season was played away at Cottesmore in the muddiest conditions we have experienced so far. We battled hard from the start, but Cottesmore had some big and pacy players and they defended very well, giving us very few opportunities to score. Cottesmore scored first, but we hit back soon with a nice try from Sam P who dodged his way past several defenders to get over the line. Cottesmore managed to keep possession of the ball better than we did, and we were guilty of more wild passes and knock ons, and we were also driven into touch on too many occasions. Having said that, our defence was quite resilient, with Matthew, Nicholas and Wesley all standing out with some excellent tackling. William also defended well, and was one of our players who ran straight and passed the ball to players in a better position and this is what set up our second try from Sam R. Everyone got stuck in and worked hard, and came off tired and covered in mud, but Cottesmore deserved their win on this occasion. Well done boys, I look forward to our next game in January! DJ

Under 9A team: Ewan, James, Luke, Ruari, Sam P, Sam R, William, Wesley, Nicholas, Matthew, Christopher and Archie.