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Quarter Final Success in National Schools Plate Competition

Quarter Final TryLast week Bloxham School advanced to the semi-finals of the National Schools Plate competition with a good win against St Mary’s Crosby.

A delayed journey up to Merseyside meant a late arrival and a very truncated warm-up for the Bloxham players, but they quickly got into their stride with a good try from Oscar H. after sustained forward pressure.

A second try, this time from Charlie D., saw Bloxham 12-0 ahead before a handling error in midfield, followed by a hack ahead from a Crosby player, reduced the home side’s arrears to 12-7 at half time.

After the break, Bloxham added a penalty from Sean B. and a try from Jack W. before a well-worked try for the hosts made it 22-12. Another penalty settled the nerves of the large band of Bloxham supporters who had made the long trek up to Merseyside, and the game finished 25-12 in our favour.

In truth, this was a workmanlike rather than a scintillating display. Charlie D. and Stan D. both had good games, but Sean B. was undoubtedly ‘man of the match’ for his high-tempo play in the loose, on top of his reliable goal kicking.

Bloxham’s defence of their National Schools Plate title is still on, and their reward for the win is a home semi-final at the start of March against the Grammar School at Leeds.

Photos courtesy of Sophie JonesQuarter Final Cup Collage

Click here to read about the previous win against King's Worcester.