THE Eagles 2XV team looked strong on paper with a strong squad as they turned up to the Rec to take on St. Agnes on a crisp but dry afternoon, writes Gupta Singh. 

Dom Fearn's try, followed by Ethan Williams' impressive strike from the far right touchline after eight minutes gave the crowd hope for a promising performance. With Tug Wilson's powerful runs and Matt Horton's slick hands, it seemed like the Eagles were ready to dominate the first half.

However, after the initial great start, the team encountered some setbacks. Wayward penalty kicks failed to find touch as Falmouth were looking to put pressure into points, and a few dropped passes out wide allowed St. Agnes to capitalise with two converted tries from their speedy wingers in quick succession. Despite long spells inside St. Agnes' twenty-two, the Eagles failed to convert their opportunities.

Individual performances from forwards Harry Medlyn, Cam Hopkins, and the consistent Callum Reid stood out, showcasing their skill and determination. Additionally, a beautifully executed left-foot spiral kick to touch by prop Harry Martin to set the Eagles into a commanding position up the field, demonstrated moments of clarity in the intended game plan.

However, as a whole, the team lacked urgency and struggled to break through Aggies defensive line. The Eagles often appeared passive and unable to execute when it mattered most never able to generate forward momentum unlike St. Agnes who grew with confidence as they picked up and inched over the gain line setting up early passing along their back line to find their speedsters out wide. 

The final score of 7-41 in favour of St. Agnes serves as a wake-up call for the young Eagles side. It is important to remember that this is still a developing team gaining valuable experience with much talent. This match highlighted the areas where improvement is needed in order to compete at a higher level.

While the result may be disappointing, it is crucial to recognise that this is part of the learning process and reality of the modern game post Covid. Unlike days gone by those older wiser heads to pass knowledge down quickly have gone. So it’s left to the young Eagles 2XV to go learn on the job from games like this and develop the skills and strategies needed to overcome challenges in the future.

While this match may have been challenging, it serves as a stepping stone for their growth and development. With the right mindset and a commitment to training, the Eagles will undoubtedly become a stronger and more competitive team in the future. Next weeks game will be versus leaders Hayle 1XV away.