Blackheath 10 Old Elthamians 21

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Sun shines down on Old Boys

The sun came out for the final quarter of this encounter, and shone blue and gold on a day that will live long in memory for Old Elthamians.  The Old Boys may not have had a majority of possession or territory, and their scrum may have been ripped apart in the early stages, but their control of the game in the key moments was vastly superior to Blackheath’s, and their three tries were well executed.

 

The first came in the seventh minute and it left the hosts chasing the game from then on.  After some early forays into OEs’ territory, the visitors’ first attack saw a missed tackle allow fly-half Tom White to put Fred Hosking under the uprights for the softest of scores.

Tom White

 

Blackheath might feel aggrieved that the deliberate knock-on, followed by their demolition of the opposition scrum, both five metres out, didn’t result in the penalty tries that would have served them better than yellow cards for, respectively, full-back Ben Howard and loose-head Alex Rogers.

 

Nevertheless, Elthamians’ 13-man defence was outstanding, and although Josh Peters eventually plunged across the goal-line for a converted try in the 37th minute after the Club probed the goal-line, it left the visitors on level terms at the break, only a fine tackle and turnover from Blackheath’s Joe Tarrant on Hosking denying them re-taking the lead.

Josh Peters

However, within five minutes of the re-start Elthamians were ahead and this time it was an advantage they would not relinquish.

 

Two quick penalties gave the visitors field position, and as Blackheath infringed for a third time at the line-out, a quick tap saw number-eight Ben King crash over from close range.

 

Elliot Clements-Hill claimed three points back for Blackheath on the hour, but the full-back, who had kicked so majestically at Esher the week before, missed with two earlier attempts, as well as with a penalty to touch, and the hosts’ error count simply allowed White to control proceedings with his booming left boot.

Alex Pickersgill

Blackheath’s line-out too wobbled with three crucial losses, to one overthrow from OEs, and with Peters in the sin-bin late on, Elthamians made their superior numbers count in a way the hosts had failed to do midway through the first period, with blind-side Harry Ledger storming over from a close-range throw to spark celebrations from the visitors.

 

Blackheath need to pick themselves up with tough away trip to Brickfields and Plymouth Albion next weekend, before returning to Well Hall on Saturday 22nd September for the visit of Darlington Mowden Park.

 

Blackheath

 

Tries:   Peters

Conv:  Clements-Hill

Pens:    Clements-Hill

 

Old Elthamian

 Tries:   Hosking, King, Barton

Conv:  White 3

 

Blackheath Team

15 Elliot Clements-Hill
14 Jake Lloyd
13 Markus Burcham (Capt)
12 Mark Cooke
11 Craig Dowsett
10 Joe Tarrant
9 Jack Daly
1 Tom Williams
2 Mike Perks
3 Danny Herriott
4 Neale Patrick
5 Josh Peters
6 Tom Stradwick
7 Harry Bate
8 Tom Baldwin
16 Harry Fry
17 Phil Ackuaku
18 Freddie Owen
19 Stef Liebenberg
20 Alex Pickersgill

Graham Cox

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