SURREY LEAGUE TWO
PURLEY JOHN FISHER 8pts REEDS WEYBRIDGE 52pts
Reeds were on the road again for the second week in succession, this time to one of their most distant league fixtures, in Coulsdon on the Surrey Kent borders. PJF have had some success this season, two losses in the league, one of them narrowly to Cranleigh and the other to Bec Old Boys and they hadn’t lost at home.
Reeds are used to meeting heavier forwards and PJF certainly had eight of them, but Reeds hadn’t expected to meet up with a juggernaut set of backs as well, and all of them performing, with considerable style, a series of complicated training moves before the game, a worrying prospect for Reeds young side. But any doubts about Reeds ability to front up to the challenge vanished right at the start, PJF had plenty of ball but Reeds line speed in defence, with big hits coming in shut down the attacks.
Reeds were lethal with ball in hand however whether from set price or turnover and during the first half they scored 5 tries- 4 of them coming from the backs and one from back row forward Simon Fozzard who ran a score in from 30 meters following a shuddering tackle from skipper Billy Maddock that dislodged the ball.
Whilst the scores didn’t quite reflect the overall play, PJF’s work in the loose being impressive they just couldn’t break through an outstanding defence. And Reeds were winning turnover ball as well, none better at that than George Corner, Reeds hooker who was so good at slowing down and stealing opposition ball, it gave possession to Reeds backs who were looking very dangerous with the ball.
Half time, 5 tries and 33 -3 to Reeds.
The big PJF forwards had the weight and power to drive forward and if they could keep their hands on the ball, points had to come, and they did when their second forward battered his way over to make it 8 – 33. At that point given Reeds were down to 14 men for most of the second half due to 2 concussion injuries there was the possibility of a PJF come back was on the cards with their skipper and fly half the orchestrator of the PJF attacks.
Reeds defence remained outstanding and counter attacks from within their own half had PJF on the back foot, with 3 more tries coming from the backs during the second half.
It was some debut from the youngster, a product of Reeds Minis and Youth section and he collected the Man of the Match Award.
Man of the Match: Winger James Botterill – Reeds debutant and Man of the match with 4 tries!
Article by George Spinks