Judges Road youngsters return to winning ways against Rainey

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The game kicked off on a very small tight pitch which made expansive rugby almost impossible but Derry took the game to their opponents from the start.

After receiving the kick-off the visitors drove hard and after a series of good rucks, the ball was released wide to Ian Bratton who squeezed over in the corner.

Derry were in total control and the pressure was showing, the home side giving away numerous penalties. Another score looked inevitable and it was Bratton again who outstripped the defence to score under the posts. The conversion from outhalf Keys was good, leaving the half-time score 12-0.

The second half saw Derry start as they had left-off and when another penalty was awarded, quick thinking from Derry scrum-half David Devine saw him dart over out wide from a quick tap.

The score spurred the home side on and they had a purple patch for about 10 mins but Derry were defending superbly as the game became a bit scrappy.

Substitutions were made but Derry never looked like conceding and the discipline was very good with only four penalties being conceded during the whole game.

There were numerous candidates for ‘Man of the Match’ - Bratton with his two tries, David Devine with his fearless tackling, Jamie Devine with his open field running and youngster Aaron Deery with his tireless workrate are all but for his leadership and great work in the scrum it went to skipper Ryan Spratt who was constantly calling his men forward.