Jason Leonard trophy match for Under 20 champions of London & South East at the Army Stadium in Aldershot.
Middlesex 20 v Surrey 27
‘I am sorry, mother, but I have to go to Aldershot to referee a County Under 20 game today – but what do you think I should wear?”
“Well, I think you should wear that favourite of mine as they are my special colours – The Red shorts and the Yellow shirt should do fine for Mothers’ Day – great combination!”
Almost as if the Surrey & Middlesex teams felt the referee needed to bring attention to himself, they both spent endless minutes giving away penalties presumably just so we could hear the ref all afternoon. To compound the problem George Hutchins lent Jack Cooke the kicking boots he wore last week against Kent.
Apart from this, as well as rather too many unforced, and sometimes forced errors, Surrey seemed to have the measure of Middlesex despite the latter possessing one of the more dangerous players on the pitch in their left wing. Most of the time, therefore Surrey played well and eventually probably deserved their win over Middlesex to lift the Jason Leonard trophy as Champions of the London & South East Division. It is difficult to pick out a star of this side as they all mostly performed their duties very efficiently and generally gelled as a team. Some of the running lines chosen was a joy to watch!
The Army recruiting Officer present would have noticed a lot of prospective talent but may not be considering the Surrey hooker to keep a straight line at the Trooping of the Colour. That is twice in a couple of games on this Army ground that he has creditably found himself in scoring pass position, only for him to step out of line and pass forward. You can hear the Army rugby coach saying to him – ‘just don’t pass the ball, son – hold on to it as if it belongs to you!’
So Ceri Jones and Mel Deane in Tom Williams’ and Jim Evans’ absence have produced a team from that wet January trials game at Imber Court that has made it to the quarter final of the National Under 20 County Championship and now look forward to a match at Old Emanuel RFC beneath the steeple of B&Q at New Malden on Sunday 28th March. The match will be against either Gloucestershire or Dorset & Wilts who both won their respective South West Groups.