The Foxes fight but are knocked out of the cup to Old Albanians
By Natalie Palmer
The fixture proved we are ready for the next league.
The Foxes came close to beating Championship South East 2 Leaders Old Albanians.
The Foxes first cup game of the season saw them face the current Championship South East 2 league leaders Old Albanians at home in what was set to be a tough fixture. The foxes can keep their hold their heads high by forcing a close game in which OAs eventually came out the winners 14-19.
The whole game was very stop-start, with both teams deemed to be infringing at the breakdown, and the OAs having the majority of the territory. A strong defence lead to multiple knock-ons from the experienced OA side. This eventually led to a line-out in OAs half, from which interplay between Elina Rougier and EJ eventually lead to the ball being in Robyn Gordon's hands, who managed to score the -first try of the game – converted.
OAs started to show their class at this point, and after a long period of defence on their own try line, the Foxes eventually conceded the try and conversion, setting the score as 7-7 going into the second half of the match.
OAs spent the next period of play with the ball were constantly driven back with crunching tackles from Lucy Kerr, Natalie Palmer and Elina Rougier, and great cover from Steph Durrant. OAs did manage to make ground by passing out wide and scoring in the corner 7-12.
The Foxes kept both their heads up and their cool, managing to keep the ball in the OAs half for prolonged periods, with great runs by Kaylee Williams, Emily Ahern and Emma Gatlin. A scrum near the 5m line lead to OA's attempting to kick out, but Georgie Palmer was quick to charge down and then score, with conversion giving bury the lead once more 14-12.
OAs were next to score using their powerful runners after sustained pressure in the Foxes 22m. 14-19. The Foxes tried to come back in the dying minutes of the match but were unsuccessful.
Forward of the Match: Kaylee Williams
Back of the Match: Georgie Palmer