REEDS WEYBRIDGE 75pts CROYDON 10pts
Although Croydon are sitting mid table in the league, their two wins have been against the lower league sides, Reeds by contrast are top of the table, but they haven’t met the other top sides either, nevertheless the smart money was on Reeds to come away with a win, they did that in some style racking up eleven tries.
Reeds set out their stall early on, coming up the hill, attacking from deep within their own half, Peter Davidge, Reeds influential half back was the focal point of the back division firing out some huge passes to free off the electric pace of young Malcolm Harding wingside. He caused all sorts of problems for the defence, they knew he was going to try and beat them on the outside, but it’s one thing knowing about it, but quite another trying to stop it and he created mayhem in the open spaces. Big holes started to appear in the midfield and Reeds No 8 Dom Wooldridge was soon on the score sheet with two tries.
Croydon’s strength was up front in the tight scrummage, but that advantage doesn’t count for much if there aren’t too many scrums and their weren’t, because Reeds had most of the ball and handling mistakes were rare. But when those big men from Croydon did get their hands on the ball they were effective, particularly close to the try line, they had a succession of drives which Reeds managed to keep out but too many penalties against them in the red zone led to a penalty try. But by that time Reeds had another try on the board after centre Joe Moriarty had burst through the midfield and soon after, Reeds ‘Man of the Match’ Dom Wooldridge collected his hat trick.
Chris Stegmann, the pacey full back rounded off the first half scoring and Peter Davidge converted all of them. Reeds had the benefit of the slope in that second half and there was no way the visitors were going to get back into the game with a five try deficit. All credit to the visitors, they battled away, they had those big men in the pack, but coming up the hill against Reeds pace was too much, young Matt Connell Reeds scrum half was sniping away around the scrum putting the back row into space, and that in turn saw Reeds aggressive flanker Will Ambidge collect two tries.
Rugby aficionados love to see the quick men out wide run the ball and they saw plenty of that from Malcolm Harding Reeds speedster as he collected two second half tries and skipper Billy Maddock and Olly Savill scored just before the end.
Next week Reeds travel to Battersea Park to face London Media, they are sitting fourth in the league with just one defeat Reeds will have clear memories of their visit last season when their attacking style was shut down by a severely muddy pitch and a determined defence.