Petersfield Rugby Club’s under-15 boys, who are unbeaten in well over a year, won 14-7 against a tough and well-drilled Trojans team in the Hampshire Cup semi-finals.
Blessed with fine weather, both teams came to play an entertaining game of rugby.
Despite early Petersfield pressure, Trojans pounced on a loose pass and ran the length of the pitch to open the scoring against the run of play.
Petersfield’s relentless pressure was rewarded when Elliott Smith eventually crossed after several waves of attack.
The scores were level at 7-7 at half-time, and it was all to play for in the second half.
Being a cup match, the team who score first win in the event of a tie. At 7-7 Petersfield were going out, but they were on the front foot in a fairly one-sided second half. One try was disallowed, while other try-scoring opportunities went begging. It seemed it was not going to be Petersfield’s day.
With two minutes remaining Trojans were on the attack, but excellent defence caused the ball to pop into the hands of Thomas Williams. A quick show, a step and acceleration meant Williams was gone.
A 60-metre foot race, which Williams won to score under the posts, won the game.
Trojans had produced an immense effort and given Petersfield a very difficult game, but Field’s winning streak continues and they march on into the county final against Alton.
Having topped the county league of 22 Hampshire clubs, Petersfield’s cohesive and talented squad will now aim to win the county cup and complete the double.