We have all seen Grahams excellently written match report from last Saturdays 15-0 home win over Darlington Mowden Park, and a number of other Club sides were in action as well.
The Blackheath Bandits, Clubs social side, took on last season’s champion’s Beckenham at Rectory Field in what turned out to be a wonderful day despite the weather. Matt Clark, the Bandits captain reported that the excitement built on Saturday morning with the first league game for the Bandits and everyone was in high spirits.
The game kicked off and it wasn’t long before Beckenham opened the scoring after some sustained pressure on the club 5m line. Club responded going down the blind side for Kai Roper-Blackman to score in the corner, levelling it as. 5-5. Beckenham scored a second followed by a wonderful try by Mark Lordan to make it 10-10 at the break. The second half saw some fantastic defensive play by the Club, not allowing Beckenham through. Dan Yeomans scored his first league try for the club, showing some fantastic footwork to score under the posts, which was then converted to make the score 17-10.
The club defence held out for the last 20 mins to make the final score 17-10.
Juniors: Kent Cup results
The U17s won away against Sevenoaks, who were last year’s Kent Champions. The final score was 10-17 with a truly impressive display in appalling weather. Club were determined, dogged and physically imposing throughout. The intensity was there from the first kick off through to the last play, with some phenomenal defence on our try line to keep Sevenoaks out at the death. This was the U17’s first match of the season but the level of discipline and commitment was there for all to see with spectators from both clubs applauding at the end.
It was a valiant performance for the U15 1st XV away to Old Alleynians. On a wet and blustery day we raced into a 13-0 lead only to be steadily pegged back to go 22-13 behind. The Club side rallied and scored again, and another 5 minutes might have made the difference. The final Score 22-20 to OAs.
The U15 2nd XV were at home to Old Dartfordians and played a game that belied the torrid conditions. Club were strong in the first half to go into the break 21-5 ahead having played some good structured, organised rugby and having defended well. The start of the second half was quite different when the opposition bigger runners started to punch holes and Club soon found themselves trailing. The boys dug deep, started to secure ball again and managed to utilise their pace out wide, ultimately winning 56-38.
U13s played Woodford away and won 4 tries to 3, with scores by Archie Hurrell, Finn Stafford (2) and Will Stone.