Away day defeat for gutsy Camelot youngsters

Strong tackling and an excellent team spirit failed to maintain Camelot U13’s unbeaten record as they went down 21-5 in their first away league match at Finchley.

Camelot went behind after 10 minutes, but the boys persevered against a much more physical Finchley team.

Jack Canning scores a try for the Camelot U13s. Picture (c) Jan Maddern

Jack Canning scores a try for the Camelot U13s. Picture (c) Jan Maddern

Trailing 14-0 at half-time, the Camelot youngsters refused to let their heads drop and the forwards drove hard with some big tackles.

Under relentless pressure, the Finchley line was finally breached as a fantastic run by winger Jack Canning ended in a try for the visitors.

Finchley responded with another try of their own to wrap up the win, but the score was harsh on Camelot.

Next up for the Camelot young guns is a home friendly against Aylesbury at the weekend.

Players who fancy getting involved with the team and are currently school Year 8 should contact U13 team secretary Vikki Jolly at or visit

Meanwhile, the Camelot U10s continued their progress at the weekend as they comprehensively defeated Saracens U10s in a tri-fixture, which also featured Tring.

Tring and Saracens both brought two sides to Chaulden Lane to compete with the two Camelot teams in 10-minute, 8-a-side fixtures.

Camelot saw off Saracens in all four of the fixtures, racking up a total of 18 tries scored and just 4 conceded.

The matches against Tring were tighter affairs, with the visitors winning two and drawing two of their matches against their hosts.

It looked at one stage as though Tring might go the whole fixture without conceding a try, until late in the penultimate game when an intercepted pass and a power drive over the line earned Camelot a 2-2 draw.

Man of the match accolades for Camelot went to Byron Clarkson for excellent scrum-half work, and Conor East for some fine interceptions.

Top try scorers were Thomas Martin (5) and James Norman (3).

Camelot U10s are also on the lookout for new recruits, and anyone interested should email head coach Dave Martin at