Haverhill 65 Witham 5

In torrential rain, Haverhill under-15s entertained Witham for the first time this season.

From the start Dan Crawshaw took control and a jinking run led to the first score.

Haverhill were buoyant and continued to impress the crowd with dominate forward play that Witham struggled to contain.

Haverhill also moved the ball well through the hands and looked dangerous with every attack.

New addition to the team Mitchell Morgan, looked comfortable in the role of centre and the link up between forwards and backs from set pieces was controlled well by Ben Bradnam.

Haverhill were now scoring with every attack and by the final whistle James Carr, Lester Cuasay, Brad Call, Josh Woodgate and Dan Crawshaw all went over for scores.

The move of the game came late in the second half, when debutant Bradley Richardson gathered a difficult high swirling ball, broke the gain line and popped to Brad Call, whose powerful run was no match for the Witham defensive line and he crashed over for his second.

Dan French was impressively consistent in the ruck and Josh Moseley demonstrated his gain in confidence with several breaks that narrowly missed out on a score.

James Carr led the pack well and Dan Crawshaw should be credited for his persistent effort resulting in a tally of five tries and three conversions on the day.

Credit goes to Witham who battled hard in appalling conditions, but all in all, Haverhill showed what they are capable of, when playing phase rugby as a unit.

For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (November 15) Echo.