Medway 3rd (Dev) XV v Blackheath 3rd XV-Bandit’s Match Report 4th December

Medway 3rd (Dev) XV vs Blackheath 3rd XV 4 December 2021   The Bandits ran out 7-34 winners on Saturday, against a Medway side sitting third in the table with three wins from their seven games so far. With so many games cancelled or rescheduled for the Club 3s, and points for other teams crying off not having been attributed, the Bandits …

Rams 13 Blackheath 17

Photos courtesy of Tim Pitfield The best performance of the season to date by far. Against the side who started the day fourth in National League One, and the only team to have beaten leaders Rosslyn Park, who themselves put Blackheath to the sword a fortnight ago, the Club controlled much of this contest before digging deep to hold off …

Blackheath 16 Bishop’s Stortford 6

Photos courtesy of Claire Jeffrey A game dominated from start to finish by Blackheath, but only made secure in the final six minutes. To that point the game remained on a knife-edge, with a stubborn Stortford defence holding the Club at bay, until first Freddie Gabbitass, followed soon after by Jake Hennessey, stepped up to strike from long range and …

Rosslyn Park 55 Blackheath 14

Photos courtesy of Claire Jeffrey Fitter, faster, stronger – on this showing, Rosslyn Park are a class above any of the opposition Blackheath have faced to date. On this mild November evening, the Roehampton side ran in nine tries, five before the interval, demonstrating throughout an ability to strike from anywhere, roaring through the slightest defensive chink with skill and …

Blackheath 42 Taunton Titans 19

Photos courtesy of Claire Jeffrey A vastly improved performance from Blackheath saw the Club cross the goal-line six times to claim maximum points from their first-ever league meeting with Taunton, and record only their third victory of the season to date. Not that the omens looked favourable early on. Two scrum penalties, and missed tackles, enabled Titans’ left-wing Shai Bonnick …

Leeds Tykes 27 Blackheath 25

Yet another tight climax, and yet again Blackheath finding themselves on the wrong end of the final scoreline. In the 76th minute, Steve Leonard had peeled off the side of a maul to crash over the goal-line, giving the Club the lead for the first time in the contest, Sam Evans striking a decent conversion to extend the advantage to …

Blackheath 30 Plymouth Albion 36

Photos courtesy of Claire Jeffrey After five successive defeats to start their season, Albion made it two wins on the bounce, the Devonians emerging victorious in this closely fought contest. In a game played at high tempo and featuring nine tries, Blackheath had left it late to move into the narrowest of leads, only for hooker Jamie Salter to cross …

Tonbridge Juddian 21 Blackheath 23

A strong second-half comeback saw Blackheath overturn a 12-point half-time deficit, and record only their second victory of the current season. In the first-ever league meeting between these two Kent rivals, the Club looked to be heading for a demoralising sixth defeat of the campaign at the break, but three tries, and the unwavering left boot of Sam Evans, edged …

Blackheath 9 Cambridge 15

Photos courtesy of Claire Jeffrey A second win on the bounce for Cambridge, and a fifth narrow defeat for Blackheath, despite the Club leading the contest for nearly an hour. On a fine autumnal afternoon, a total contrast to last week, and in conditions the hosts should have found to their liking, Blackheath looked to move the ball, a policy …

Chinnor 34 Blackheath 28

Photos courtesy of Alan Smith Four tries in the final 14 minutes of a spirited fightback, not only provided Blackheath with two league bonus points, but also added some respectability to the final score-line. Nevertheless, it also shouldn’t disguise the fact that for the opening hour of this contest, the Club were firmly under the cosh from a Chinnor side …