Pip Hufton-Rees completed his hat-trick in the final play of the game to secure Hertfordshire County Cup glory for Bishop's Stortford under-14s against Old Albanian
Pip Hufton-Rees completed his hat-trick in the final play of the game to secure Hertfordshire County Cup glory for Bishop's Stortford under-14s.
His third try of the match meant Stortford triumphed 17-12 over Old Albanian as they came from behind to claim the trophy.
It remained scoreless at the break as both sides worked hard to break down the opposition defence without reward.
OAs broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the interval when their centre broke several tackles to power over the line for a converted try.
Stortford cut the deficit to two points when Hufton-Rees dotted down, but they were unable to prevent the opposition hooker scoring a try to put them 12-5 behind.
However, Stortford showed resilience, commitment and determination as they continually attacked OAs and a missed penalty kick to touch bounced perfectly into the hands of winger Hufton-Rees for him to score his second try with only a few minutes remaining.
Fly-half Ollie Mitchell held his nerve to kick the equalising conversion before Hufton-Rees sparked Stortford celebrations by completing his treble right at the death.
"It was great to see the level of commitment and never-say-die attitude from the Blues," said coach Martin Mills. "We are so proud of the way they played until the end and got the victory they deserved."
Meanwhile, Stortford's colts celebrated a memorable season at their annual awards ceremony on Sunday.
Both the A and B sides won their respective leagues. The B team also won the Herts County Plate while the A side missed out on a historic double when they went down 20-17 to Old Albanian in their County Cup final.
Head coach Dave Macfie paid tribute to the squad and thanked all 50-plus players who turned out for both sides during the season.
Will Marriott won the prestigious Malcolm Shirley Cup for Clubman of the Year. Former first-team star Shirley tragically died 13 years ago and the trophy was presented by his partner Sian Wilde. Their son Jake plays for the under-16s. Shirley's brother Rob was also present.
Other cups were awarded to captain Archie Racey, Carn Richards-Farr, Tain Richards-Farr, Cameron Lines, Jamie Harper, Benji Furrer and Jude Tanfield.
Macfie said: "It's been a really great season and the whole coaching team is proud of all the boys. It has been a very special year."