An 80 minute performance to be Proud of



Max Marshall, the experienced referee from Richmond, oversaw this quarter final clash, his calm authority and consistent approach, was an important feature of this tense encounter and ensured that the game was enjoyed by players and spectators alike. Old Alleynians came down to Whiteley Village as odds on favourites to progress to the next round, James Knox, the Alleynians Coach who was the architect of much of Alleynians success was on board for the last time, they also had some experienced players on the park, including Henry Dewing the full back who was celebrating his 100th appearance for the club.

Alleynians had beaten Reeds in the league home and away, clocking up nearly eight hundred points on the way, they had not lost a league game since Christmas, and had put sixty points plus, on Battersea Ironsides in the previous round of the Cup. Perhaps, after a long season, with success behind them, playing Reeds for the third time, was one game too many. But, early on, it was the visitors, down the slope, with plenty of possession, who looked as if they were going to be first on the score sheet, however, Reeds have the best defensive record in the league, by some distance, and it was the intensity and ferocity of that Iron Dome defence, with Josh Clark earning the Man of the Match award for delivering some shuddering tackles in the midfield and orchestrating attacking play that denied and frustrated a series of Allleynian attacks. Ollie Palmer, Reeds scrum half was central to Reeds defensive role, his work with fly half Jack Jesty produced some pin point line kicking which lifted the siege, enabling Reeds to battle their way up the slope where Pete Cole the full back, banged over the first penalty of the day.  In fairness the entire pack fronted up on the day with their heroic defensive efforts and ball carrying to the fore. Is there a more exciting player to watch than Matt Stevenson the Reeds winger? From an unpromising position his magical running and mesmerising footwork cut through the defence, a chip through the cover, he won the race for the try line and Pete Cole collected the extras with a touchline conversion. Reeds, generally, were on the wrong end of the penalty count, but Alleynians drifted offside in their own 22, skipper Herbie Finn was having another huge afternoon in the resulting lineout, he won the ball and the omnipresent flanker, George Corner, burrowed his way over the line from a catch and drive play for another seven pointer. 17- 0 Reeds. The visitors managed to shut down most of Reeds handling attacks, but it was a clever chip through from Jack Jesty that bobbled the wrong way for the defence and it was Pete Cole who won the race for the touchdown to collect a seven pointer under the sticks. Just on the break, Alleynians, deep in Reeds red zone, were awarded a penalty, inevitably, it was drilled into the sidelines for a five-metre line out, Alleynians won the ball and a huge forward drive was finished off by hooker Rory Simms for a five pointer. Half time and 22 – 5 to Reeds who had the slope in their favour plus an unexpected seventeen-point lead. Pete Cole extended that lead with a penalty in front of the sticks, Alleynians were now into a game of high risk, catch up, rugby, but they do have a side that has brilliant handling skills with the ability to overturn significant points differences but on the day a combination of aggressive Reeds defence and Allyenians handling errors conspired against them. Reeds also have some backs with pace and guile as well, young Marcus Clark the winger has some serious wheels, he broke away down the touchline, the defence almost shut him down but for a lovely inside offload to his brother Josh who touched down for Pete Cole to bang over another long-distance conversion. With ten minutes left on the clock there was no way the visitors were going to make up that points difference, they did collect one late score by way of centre Tommy Williams but it is Reeds Weybridge into the next round where they will play Harlow.

Man of the Match Josh Clark

Man of the Match Josh Clark

Team: Lennan Day / Rhys Day / Harry Ring / Herbie Finn (Capt) / Lewis Jones / George Corner / Charles Collyer / Alex Corner (Vice Capt) / Ollie Palmer /Jack Jesty / Marcus Clark / Billy Maddock / Josh Clark / Matt Stenson / Pete Cole / Jacob Howe / Will Relfe / Nick Brown / Joe Moriarty.

Semie Final – Reeds Weybridge AT HOME to Harlow Saturday May 4th Kick Off 15:00

GS April 27th 2024

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