Reeds Down Dartfordians


Dartfordians are celebrating their 92nd year of club rugby, but this is the first time that they have faced Reeds Weybridge, it finished with Reeds securing a four try bonus point victory, but perhaps Darts were a shade unlucky, as the score line didn’t quite reflect the intensity or the closeness of the contest.

The visitors were down the slope in the first half and with quality possession pinned Reeds down in their own 22, Darts hammered away at the line, but Reeds impressive line speed, up in defence, kept the try line secure. Inevitably, there were penalties and it was young Connor Mothersole, the Darts scrum half who slotted a long distance shot to open the scoring. Despite their territorial occupation, Darts never quite looked as if they were going to break through the Reeds defence, on the other hand, when Reeds were winning ball from lineouts or scrums Reeds looked dangerous with Ollie Palmer the scrum half, stealing away from these positions that had the visitors scrambling to shut him down. Add to that centre Billy Maddock busting up through the midfield and all that led to Reeds having the best of the action in the second quarter. Pete Davidge, the fly half, levelled the scores with a penalty in front of the sticks, but Reeds first try came from a five-metre lineout, Darts made a mess of the collection, the ball bobbled around near the line and Alex Corner, Reeds No 8, predatory as ever, pounced for a seven pointer. Just on the break, Darts launched an attack, they fired the ball out wide, there was a two on one situation, Josh Clark, Reeds defender nailed the attack by the flag, but the tackle was adjudged to be too high with a penalty try awarded, three points between the two sides at the change round, but now Reeds had the slope and a suspicion that they were the fitter side.

Reeds were soon on the attack, they were winning plenty of ball from the lineouts and scrums, penalties as well. Darts were on the back foot as they struggled to cope with a series of relentless attacks from all parts of the park, the game was opening up, gaps were appearing and it was Alex Corner the No 8, who for the second time touched down after a five-metre lineout went badly wrong. Pete Davidge coolly collected the extras to put Reeds ten points in front. It wasn’t a decisive lead and Darts came right back into the game when they collected another long-range penalty, however, although there were just seven points between the two sides it was Reeds who were firmly in the box seat. The packed touchline wanted to see Joe Moriarty, their destructive winger in action, they were not disappointed, quick ball unleashed him on a series of devastating runs that busted big holes in the Darts defence and had them pinned down in their own territory. Points had to come, Josh Clark, touched down to put Reeds two scores in front following an aggressive press defence which allowed a loose mis-pass by the young Darts fly half to be picked off.  27 – 10 to Reeds and given the run of play, a Darts revival looked an unlikely prospect. Reeds were on the march, Darts were shut down in their own 22, they were in defensive mode and Reeds back row were piling on the pressure, handling mistakes allowed Alex Corner to collect his third try of the day and the Man of the Match award. There was no way back from that deficit and late on, Joe Wastie, the young aggressive flanker, burst through the defence from 5 meters out on a clever angled run for his first score of the season and Marcus Clark, the young winger, conspired with Wastie to score the try of the day when he finished off a smooth no look pop pass by turning on the pace for try No 6 courtesy of an angled run. Darts did have the last word when they attacked when the clock was on the red and their big lock crashed through Reeds defence to touch down under the sticks for their second try.

Alex Lamb, the young Surrey referee, was firm and decisive throughout, his control of events ensured a great afternoon of rugby for players and spectators.

Next week Reeds travel to South London to face Battersea Ironsides Kick off 3:00pm in what will probably prove to be a stiffer challenge for Reeds.

Man of the Match - Alex Corner
Man of the Match – Alex Corner

Reeds Squad:

Josh Brown, George Corner, Kerran Beavis, Shannon Fuller, Herbie Finn (capt), Cameron Goodwin, Joe Wastie, Michael Wasko, Alex Corner, Lewis Jones, Ollie Palmer, Pete Davidge, Joe Moriarty, Billy Maddock, Jonny Rogers, Josh Foreman, Josh Clark, Marcus Clark.

George Spinks

Sept 4th 2022