SURREY LEAGUE TWO
Reeds Blitz Becs
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 63 pts Bec Old Boys 10 pts
Reeds were conscious coming into this game that they wanted to maintain their form with the Xmas break approaching to consolidate their place at the top of the league.
Reeds were looking for a fast start and got it by way of two scores within the first 5 minutes – the first courtesy of skipper Billy Maddock within 30 seconds of the start who turned the ball over from a maul, barrelled straight up the centre of the pitch and scored. Becs duly restarted the game with a deep kick off which gave Reeds a chance to set their stall and move the ball along the back line, and slick passing saw Dan Veale on the right wing hand off his opposite number and after a powerful 30 meter surge score under the sticks.
From the next kick off the ball was recycled to fly half Rogers who put in a superb kick to find touch on the Becs 22m line. Reeds promptly stole the line out ball and after some good carries Reeds secured a penalty which Roger duly converted. 12 minutes gone 17-0 to Reeds.
The game then lost its shape somewhat as Becs came back into proceedings and play was sandwiched between the Reeds 22 and the half way line for the next 20 minutes. Strong defence meant Reeds were asking plenty of questions of Becs at the breakdown and around the fringes. Becs struggled to make ground but were presented with a couple of long range penalties one of which they converted to take the score to 17-3.
With the half drawing to a close Reeds secured a scrum on the Becs 22m line and no 8 Corner took off on a mazy powerful run which was halted only a few meters short of the try line. Quick ball from the ensuing ruck courtesy of Palmer then saw Savill go over near the corner for a 22-3 lead at half time.
The second half started well. A set of penalties saw Reeds pressure the Becs try line with the full back being forced to carry the ball over the try line. Queue the bonus point score from the ensuing attacking 5 meter scrum with Corner forcing his way over from a dominant scrum to make it 29-3.
Becs then enjoyed their best period of the game with sustained pressure in the Reeds 22 with their forwards rumbling over for a try near the flag which was well converted to make it 29-10. Reeds responded immediately with pressure from the forwards resulting in a scrum to them on the Becs 22m line. Another back line move saw Maddock take a curving line back on himself to slice through the first line of defence to score. 36-10.
The resulting Becs kick off was fielded by mobile second row Fozzard who burst through a crowd of would be tacklers and score a long range try which left every supporter rubbing their eyes in surprise. 41-10.
The next kick was off was fielded by Finn who drove the ball up giving front football for the backs and Becs concede another penalty. A kick to the 5m line saw a perfect catch and drive with Joe Wastie, scoring to make it 46-10.
From a resulting scrum to Becs on the Reeds 22m line the front row drove Becs off their own put in – the ball was quickly worked to Maddock who took the ball forward and then intelligently grubber kicked the ball forward for winger Stegmann to run onto and gather the ball to score. 51-10 to Reeds. 2 minutes later Stegmann once again was the beneficiary as he to cut back inside and leave the opposition full-back flat-footed and score under the sticks. 75 minutes 58-10 to Reeds.
Becs gamely battled on but a strong Reeds defence resulted in the ball going to ground where Wastie had the presence of mind to kick the ball on twice from 80 meters out and gather the ball to add a final try to Reeds tally. Final score 63-10 to Reeds.
Man of the Match
Reeds retain their top spot in the league and PJF and Old Wellingtonians both did them a favour by beating Cranleigh and Streatham to give Reeds some further breathing space at the top.
Side: 1. Henry Redknapp, 2. George Corner, 3.Davin Samuel, 4. Herbie Finn, 5. Simon Fozard. 6 Dom Wooldridge, 7.Will Ambidge, 8. Alex Corner, 9. Ollie Palmer. 10. Jonny Rogers 11. Chris Stegmann, 12. Billy Maddock, 13. Ollie Savill, 14. Dan Veale, 15. Tom Hunt. Subs: Joe Wastie, Adam Smith & Toby Drake.