Bognor RFC Colts Academy took on the might of Havant and Trojans Colts in a festival of rugby and returned with a draw and defeat.
Bognor played Havant first and a powerful start from the hosts saw them score out wide.
Bognor reacted with Jack Trenham regaining the ball at the restart. Mathew Norrell and Benjamin Barker ran hard to get over the gain line. Half backs Alfie Spurle and Woody Gilbert-Jones moved the ball wide to James Billingham, who dummied and crashed over.
Bognor’s set-piece was put under huge pressure and an inability to clear their lines saw Havant’s backs run a well-drilled move which saw their fullback score out wide.
Hooker Ethan Teasdale organised his lineout with Owen Thomas ruling the airways. Charlie Weller ran a hard line and George Orchard took it on before Harry Smith secured possession and Teasdale crashed over.
Bognor attacked from the kick off led by a typical dummy and sprint from Jamie Foote and Owen Henton support. Bognor camped on Havant’s line for five minutes but just could not score in a 10-10 draw.
An explosive start against Trojans saw centre Tyrone Masaki wriggle free and scorch in under the posts from half way.
Bognor matched Trojans upfront with Charlie Jays and Ben Brandon competing at the breakdown. Trojans had more possession but the three-and-a-half sets of twins – Oscar and Harvey Henson, Stanley and Arthur Wright, Sam and Jacob Towler and Ben Tilley all defended as if their lives depended on it. Mac Davis had a solid debut on the wing and Josh Galea ran hard all game.
Pressure told and despite a try-saving tackle from fullback Dylan Collier, Trojans found a way through the green wall to score.
With time running out, Bognor ran from deep but a Trojans centre intercepted to score with the last play of the game for a 10-5 win.
This week, Bognor Greens travel to Uckfield for Sussex Cup second round.
Squad: Jack Trenham, Josh Galea, Sam Towler, Ethan Teadsale, Charlie Weller, Matthew Norrell, Owen Thomas, Harvey Henson, Oscar Henson, Ben Barker, Jamie Foote, George Orchard, Ben Brandon, Charlie Jays, Stanley Wright, Jacob Towler, Alfie Spurle, Ollie Page, Edward Gilbert-Jones, Tyrone Masaki, James Billingham, Harry Smith, Owen Henton, Dylan Collier, Mac Davis, Ben Tilley.