Mixed results for Ipswich YM in Suffolk Cup finals
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Ipswich YM’s under-16s team proved what continuity can achieve as they successfully retained the Suffolk Cup that they won at under-15 level.
The boys followed up a 23-7 victory against Sudbury and a narrow 14-10 win against Colchester with a 39-15 success against Bury St Edmunds.
At under-14 level, YM’s team narrowly lost out in their respective final, missing out 7-5 at home to Colchester.
The victorious under-16 team scored tries through Sam Wills (2), Ed Hudson (2), Stilyan Nanish, James Wallace and Adrian Sanday, with two conversions being kicked by Ollie Campbell.
Coach Stu Hudson said: “We set out to retain this cup and we’ve achieved it.
“It was a powerful display and demonstrates what a good squad we have in all areas.
“We now have a number of games where we will ensure all players who have missed out recently get match time.
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“We then start to build up for the Eastern Counties Cup towards the end of the season.
“We are still learning as a squad and we need to be more precise at times in our execution of simple plays.
“However, I look forward to working with a great bunch of players for the rest of the season.”
In the under-14s game, one lapse in concentration towards the end of the half though saw one of the Colchester players pierce a hole right through the centre of the pitch and, unopposed, placed the ball under the posts.
The conversion, which was to prove so crucial, was a mere formality.
Defending champions YM gave themselves hope in the second half when YM second row Brandon Morris powered his way over the line for a try.
Sadly with the wind still strong, the conversion missed the posts by no more than a foot and that proved the difference between two evenly-matched teams.