A Win is a Win…………….

PAPA JOHN’S COMMUNITY CUP – ROUND 2

REEDS WEYBRIDGE 36    MEDWAY 24

Medway came down to Reeds having beaten Reeds in the league, home and away and finished third in the league, however, several of their regulars were unavailable but that gave the club opportunities for Medway Director of rugby, Gareth Knight, to field four of their Kent under 20 stars. Referee for the afternoon was Katie Allen from Bicester, she had a splendid afternoon, firm and decisive she ensured that spectators and players had an enjoyable afternoon of rugby. It was Reeds, down the hill, who dominated events in the first quarter with two converted tries on the board, with less than ten minutes gone on the clock. The first from the blistering pace of Marcus Clark as he went storming down the touchline, soon followed by another attack from the winger that gave some space for Billy Maddock to touch down, Pete Cole collected the extras with long distance conversions. A third try looked to be on the cards but the ball was spilt with the try line beckoning and it was not to be. That early success may have persuaded Reeds to throw caution to the winds and run the possession from all parts, rather than a more structured approach, a loose chip ahead from Reeds was run back by those Kent under 20 stars, and Medway, touched down for a five pointer. Against the run of play, the visitors were back in the game. But it was Reeds who had the best of the territory, and they were on the march deep in the Medway 22, the try line was in sight, a slightly wayward pass was intercepted and those pacy Medway backs were in for a second unconverted try.  14 – 12 game on. Out wide, Marcus Clark was causing all sorts of problems for the Medway defence, he has serious wheels combined with dazzling feet and it was his attacks from all parts that caused so many problems for the visitors. He was the instigator of Reeds third try when he scythed through the midfield, Billy Maddock was there in support and Reeds were nine points to the good at 21-10. Pete Cole landed a straightforward penalty but just before the break Reeds forced a ten-metre lineout, Alex Corner the big No 8 collected the possession and George Corner in the middle of the rumbling maul smashed through the Medway defences for an unconverted try. Reeds nineteen points ahead – at 29 – 10 – at the change round but now they had to face the slope.

Up front in the scrums there wasn’t too much between the sides, but in the lineout, skipper Herbie Finn had another outstanding day, and his lock forward partner Lewis Jones, earned his joint Man of the Match Award for his physical intensity with the ball in hand and defensive qualities as well. However, it was the constant adverse penalty count that cost Reeds swathes of territory and allowed Medway to position their tanks in the red zone. Two quick tries, one of them a forward rumble from five metres out, the other outpaced Reeds cover out wide, a healthy nineteen-point lead for Reeds was now reduced to just five points and Medway were on a roll. With just ten minutes on the clock, it was Alex Corner, Reeds No 8 who secured possession on the Medway 22 line, he is quick and elusive and fed Kitan Ojo the powerful running winger, he burst and stepped through a couple of tackles and was over the whitewash to put Reeds twelve points in front. Medway came back strongly in those last minutes, there was a series of rolling mauls that came ever closer to Reeds line, but Reeds have earned the best defensive record in the league keeping their line secure in these circumstances and Medway ran out of time.

Joint Man of the Match award went to Marcus Clark the winger for another outstanding display of running rugby and Lewis Jones, the lock forward, such an uncompromising carrier, combined with an acute appreciation of attacking opportunities.

Man of the Match Marcus Clark (l) and Lewis Jones (r)

Man of the Match Marcus Clark (l) and Lewis Jones (r)

Team: Lennan Day / Rhys Day / Harry Ring / Herbie Finn (Capt) / Lewis Jones / George Corner / Chuggs Wallis / Alex Corner (Vice Captain) / Ollie Palmer / Jack Jesty / Marcus Clark / Billy Maddock / Josh Clark / Kitan Ojo / Pete Cole / Louis Falworth / Charles Collyer / Jakob Howe / Douw Styger / Will Relfe / Nick Brown / Zach Smith (guest)

Reeds Weybridge will face Old Alleynians in Round 3 of the Cup next Saturday April 27th at Whiteley Village. Kick Off 15:00. Reeds will require a significant step up in performance if they are to prevail. Reeds Director of Rugby, Nigel Connell commented that ‘Alleynians will be a massive challenge for Reeds Weybridge, but we like challenges’

GS April 21st 2024