Sunday was a strong overall performance for the Gladies against a much improved Stanford Le Hope squad.

The scoring was prolific and started early when the newest Gladie, Sonja Matthews, broke through the defensive line to score a try beneath the posts. This was quickly followed by the first of each of their hat tricks for Abby Crawford and Emily Ryan with some quick running through the gaps.

The Gladies then settled in to the rucking and mauling skills they've been learning at training against a determined Stanford Le Hope side.

Emma Wade got the scoring trend going again when she chipped the ball over the defensive line which headed straight for the try zone. Chantelle Willis made a valiant attempt to touch it down before Emma caught up to it herself for the try.

Chantelle didn't have to wait long after that before scoring the first of her two tries of the day, though, when she broke her away around the Stanford wing to touch it down.

The second half didn't see the Gladies let up either with Emma, Abby, Chantelle and Emily R continuing their scoring ways.

Stanford Le Hope never gave up throughout the whole match and took advantage of the Gladies giving up an uncharacteristic penalty on their own 5 meter line deep in the second half to punch in a try themselves.

The match wasn't just a success for the backline, though. The forwards rucked over, mauled through and drove the ball up from the breakdowns. There were great offloads from Juliette Van Wessem, Jo Cotterell and Jess Cobb setting up the backs to run in for the score.

But the forward of the day was clearly Sarah Barber with her amazing ball carrying, strong running, rucking and loads and loads of tackling before finishing off the match with a try of her own.

A great team effort was put in by everyone on the pitch. Sarah Barber and Emma Wade were named women of the match as the two ladies from Essex displayed outstanding skills in their home county.