Reeds Deliver Statement Win
BECKENHAM 14 REEDS WEYBRIDGE 29
Beckenham are situated in the heart of the community and enjoy huge local support, and those fans were present in their hundreds to cheer their heroes on to victory. Beckenham had won the away game, early season, and had only lost at home narrowly to Sutton before Reeds inflicted their biggest home defeat of the season on them via this fixture.
Reeds had selected a well-balanced side for the critical clash, that included Joe Moriarty and Kitan Ojo on either wing, seriously powerful wingers, who can cause no end of problems for any defence. It was Reeds who were soon encamped in Beckenham territory, looking good for early points, however, Reeds elected to grubber the ball forward when perhaps it would have been better to keep the ball in hand and Beckenham countered well with Ben Murphy, the Beckenham No 9, eventually scoring a seven pointer after a length of field move, started by their full back and number 8 Knowles. It was against the run of play as it was Reeds who were in control of the possession early on, especially from the lineouts where skipper Herbie Finn Alex Corner and Cam Goodwin collected all of their own ball and a slice of the Beckenham throws as well. Reeds forwards are not the biggest on the circuit but when they have clean possession they can create big holes in any defensive wall, none better at that than young Lennon Day the front row man and Riley Milsom the rampaging back row forward, who put the Beckenham defence under so much pressure with their carries. With Reeds taking up residence in the red zone, points had to come, Beckenham, inevitably strayed offside and Peter Cole the No 15 collected the three points to make it 7 – 3. Reeds maintained their iron grip on possession, once again taking up residence in the Beckenham 22 with Reeds backs firing the ball about, from one side of the park to the other. Gaps appeared and it was the ubiquitous George Corner, Reeds back rower who battered his way over through the middle of a ruck to touch down for a converted try to give Reeds a narrow three point lead at 7 – 10. Reeds continued to exert pressure but just before the break, Beckenham were on the attack deep in Reeds territory, but a loose pass went astray and Pete Cole, the full back snapped up the bobbling ball and sprinted in from distance for a morale sapping seven pointer under the sticks. At half time Reeds had a ten-point lead at 7 – 17 and were looking good for more. Both sides knew the next score would be crucial. Kitan Ojo out on the wing was a constant threat and he took the ball off a smart back line move to force his way over the try line from ten metres out for a converted try to make it 7 – 24. With Reeds in charge of most of the set piece play and the possession, there was no way the home side were going to come back and win the game from that deficit. By contrast, Reeds were on the hunt for the bonus point try and it came in the last quarter. Reeds had been threatening with a series of forward drives that saw Beckenham reduced to 14 men and it was George Corner who surged over the line following a blind side move off a line out for his second of the day to make it 7 – 29 to Reeds. With the finishing line in sight and the bench being emptied, perhaps Reeds lost some concentration, and Beckenham didn’t need a second invitation. Their quick winger grubbered the ball forward and won the race for the line to collect a converted try. There was another outstanding performance from George Corner, the Reeds back row forward, the complete rugby player who can play in almost any position on the park, that earned him the Man of the Match award.
Man of the Match George Corner
Nigel Connell, Reeds Director of Rugby commented afterwards that this was a ‘statement win’ against a strong side, that had defeated Reeds in the early season game.
Team – Lennon Day / Rhys Day / Kerran Beavis / Richard Philip / Herbie Finn (capt) / Cameron Goodwin / Riley Milsom / George Corner / Josh Brown / Alex Corner (vice capt) /Ollie Palmer / Jack Jesty / Joe Moriarty / Billy Maddock / Josh Clark / Kitan Ojo / Peter Cole / Brad Robbins.
Next week, another top of the table clash, with Reeds at home to Old Reigatians.
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Jan 7th 2024