Beckenham 2nd XV vs Blackheath Bandits, Saturday 25 September 2021

The Bandits opened their 2021-22 league campaign with what can simply be described as a tough day at the office. Early optimism at a sound, if unrewarded, first half performance gave way to an unpleasant lesson, as injuries depleted the Club team in the second half and the home side pulled away to a 52-0 result. The Bandits had a …

Blackheath 16 Caldy 18

A try in the 78th minute from second-row Martin Gerrard secured a first win of the season for Caldy, and left Blackheath frustrated with a third losing bonus point for their campaign to date. The Club, however, will only have themselves to blame. They had ample possession and territory throughout the contest to strike the decisive blow but, for the …

Blackheath 23 Darlington Mowden Park 14

A vastly-improved second half performance, their best 40 minutes of the season to date, saw Blackheath score 20 unanswered points to overturn an eleven-point half time deficit and record the Club’s first win of the campaign. The hosts had started well enough, their set-piece functioning smoothly and a Jake Hennessey penalty giving them an early lead, but two converted tries …

Match Report Bandits V Park House 11th September 2021

Park House 26-38 Blackheath Bandits The Bandits played their second and final pre-season game on Saturday in a hastily thrown together fixture against a handy Park House team, after their scheduled opponents Cranleigh called off late in the week. This was less a ‘game of two halves’, more a ‘game of 70 minutes’, as for the first 10, there was …

Birmingham Moseley 22 Blackheath 20

Photos courtesy of Harish Chavda www.dingleimages.com A close match will often hinge on one key moment. In this instance it came in the 72nd minute as Moseley’s Ben Palmer chipped and chased through the centre of the field. As he and Blackheath’s Freddie Owen went in pursuit, the unfortunate fly-half fell awkwardly damaging his lower right leg. The referee, who …

Blackheath 15 Cinderford 18

Basic errors, and a penalty count of 14-7 against, cost Blackheath heavily in a game where they had ample opportunity to nail an opening-day win, two fumbles on the goal-line in the first period and two lost lineouts in the second denying them. In contrast, Cinderford’s set-piece was solid in both departments and allowed them to control large periods of …

Blackheath 17 Chinnor 19

A tight finish with Blackheath coming close to snatching a win that seemed highly unlikely after 45 minutes. To that point Chinnor had been dominant, and had they kicked some of the numerous first half penalties the hosts conceded, would doubtless been further advanced than the 19-0 lead they held. As it was, Max Clementson crashed over on 24 minutes …

Saturday 21st August, Esher V Club

Picture Claire Jeffrey Esher 14 Blackheath 38 Errors aplenty, you’d expect that under the circumstances.  The layoff apart, the ball, greasy from the light rain before and during the contest, slipped from both team’s grasp in the early stages, frequently turning possession. Blackheath too, were guilty of a raft of early penalties, setting them on the back foot and leading …

Rosslyn Park V Club 14th August 2021

Rosslyn Park 31 Blackheath 19 The result may not have been what Blackheath wanted, but the sun shone, and both clubs were playing a full 15 a-side game for the first time in seventeen months. For the record, Rosslyn Park outscored the visitors five tries to three, their greater speed and fluidity at the breakdown creating the space and numbers …

Rugby 7’s Match Report

London Floodlit 7s  Almost normality!  The outside bar had run out of beer by 7 pm and the queue for inside stretched out of the door and mingled with those trying to get to the burger bar. Nevertheless, the weather kept fine, there was a decent-sized crowd, and all at Rosslyn Park deserve credit for gathering together twelve sides and …