Mannerians U16s visited misty Glossop for a repeat of last year’s NLD quarter final.
Glossop were bent on revenge, and started like demons.
They were helped by Bakewell’s very generous nonchalance at the kick off.
A long kick off was watched by all and sundry and as it landed just short of the try line; Glossop gobbled it up.
Some swift recycling and a number of phases saw Glossop’s pressure pay and they scored in the corner.
It didn’t take long for Bakewell to settle and use the wind and slope to heap pressure on Glossop.
Bakewell dominated the scrums allowing Harry Headford to win many strikes against the head, and lines out were comfortable enough.
Ed Farmilo had his best game in a Bakewell shirt marauding all over the pitch hitting rucks with force and carrying the ball with a determination and desire that needs to be bottled.
Farmilo earned his plaudits as forwards man of the match
It took a while but all this pressure told and on 14 minutes some quick thinking from Dom Jackson got Chris Taylor to run blind from a scrum in Glossop’s 22, and a simple pass saw Jackson over in the corner; almost a replica of the winning try last season – 5-5.
Jackson, like Farmilo, had his best game in a Bakewell shirt and is certainly developing great game sense and good kicking game; Backs man of the match for him.
Bakewell continued to dominate and some swift work again from a scrum saw Chris Barlow power over 12 minutes later.
A purple passage followed with some quality handing from their own half saw Bakewell’s backs and forwards interchange the ball before George Smith finished off from ten metres and with two Glossop players hanging off him to score a try in the far corner.
Smith is getting a taste for scoring tries. Barlow converted an almost impossible kick having taken the ball back to the 10m line to open the angle. 17-5.
Glossop responded as usual and having camped in Bakewell’s half for a couple of minutes failed to capitalise whilst Bakewell soaked up the pressure and counter attacked with some great soccer skills seeing Chris Barlow win the race for the touchdown.
Barlow converted his own try. 24-5 and half time.
Bakewell obviously thought they had the game won, but Glossop had other ideas and again using the conditions kept Bakewell pinned in their own half for most of the next period.
Bakewell’s defence was determined and resolute, and the occasional flurry saw Bakewell escape only to lose the breakdown and be sent back to their own half. Glossop in the meantime sensed they could score and two tries in the last five minutes probably restored the correct result. Next week Ilkeston at home.