Gabriel Calland kicked 11 points as 2013-14 Natwest Vase champions Trent College got their 2014-15 Under 18s Natwest Schools Cup campaign underway with a 36-27 win over John Cleveland College, Hinckley.
Having triumphed in the Vase at Twickenham last year and received a bye to round three this year, the Long Eaton outfit were made to work for their place in the next round.
Driven on by captain Will Allman at number eight, centre Greg Fieldhouse and fly-half Calland, Trent College had to come from behind in the first half as tries from Jack Dickinson, Allman, Fieldhouse (2) and Calland, plus four conversions and a penalty from Calland’s boot, ultimately resulted in a respectable final scoreline.
Trent will now face Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth College, Leicester in the next round in the week commencing November 10.
Meanwhile, Trent College’s Under 15s were rampant as they ran out 57-5 winners over De Lisle School, Loughborough in their opening fixture of the U15s Natwest Schools Cup.
Two early scores settled the team as captain Chris Rudkin, led by example with strong performances from Ethan Benstead and Joshua Stanley ensuring Trent secured plenty of possession as the scores kept coming.
Loughborough Grammar School await in the fourth round.