Reeds secure win against resolute opponents
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 23 BECKENHAM 19
An immaculate kicking display from Peter Cole, Reeds fly half, provided thirteen points that edged a mainly young Reeds team, consisting of a large number of under 22 players, to victory in a nail-biting contest before a huge touchline crowd down at Whiteley last Saturday. Reeds won the toss and defended the slope in the first half, but they were immediately in trouble deep in their own 22 after gifting the ball to Beckenham by failing to deal with the accurate kick off and which saw them trying to contain a series of rucks and mauls. Reeds cover was sucked in, the possession was fired out into the back line and the Beckenham outside centre was in by the sticks, but the straightforward conversion went adrift, coming off the upright. The tight scrums were initially a real battle ground until Reeds gained the upper hand later on in the game with the front row of the young Day brothers, Rhys the hooker and Lennan the prop, and Kerran Beavis the destructive power house prop on the other side, supported by substitute Josh Brown later on, giving Reeds go-forward possession. It was Rhys Day’s work in the loose, where he is such a physical unit causing havoc at the breakdown, that earned him the Man of the Match Award. However, it was the visitors who had the best of the territory and they pinned Reeds down within their own half, but Reeds have the players who can attack from the all parts of the park, none better at that than Josh Clark, Reeds centre, his mazy, side stepping run up the park against the grain of the Beckenham defence and against the run of play, took him over the try line way out wide. Step up young Peter Cole the fly half with ice cold nerves, he provided the extras with a steepling conversion from the touchline. It was a narrow two-point lead and it didn’t last for too long, Beckenham were down that slope setting up camp within Reeds five metre line, the big Beckenham forwards rumbled forward, a quick recycle of the ball and the back row pounced for a seven pointer. Perhaps the defining score of the day, came just before the change round, Reeds had hoisted a penalty kick into the Beckenham 22, young Marcus Clark the winger has serious wheels and he chased the kick up-field, the Beckenham winger made a mess of things by trying to stop the ball from going out and Clark pounced to pick up the ball and touch down for the try. Another prodigious touchline conversion and Reeds were a couple points in front at the change round at 14 – 12 with the slope to come. It was looking good for Reeds at the start of that second half, they upped the pace of the game, their debutant young scrum half Thomas Sturmer was stealing away from the breakdowns, quick passes presented opportunities out wide but one or two of those try scoring chances went astray not helped by the stop start nature of the game. Maybe that concentration on attack caused the defensive lapse that allowed the Beckenham no 8 to slice through the cover and offload to his back row partner who ran in from 30 meters out to touch down under the sticks. That that put the visitors into a five-point lead at 14 – 19. However, that slope, and the power from the tight scrums with Beckenham’s big second rower off the pitch due to injury was beginning to wear down the Beckenham pack who were conceding ground and penalties within their own 22. Fly half Cole banged over two penalties in quick succession and Reeds were in front by just one point at 20 – 19. It certainly wasn’t a convincing lead as Beckenham came back strongly in that last quarter, but some huge touch finders from Reeds centre Jonny Rogers, Peter Cole, and full back Jack Jesty kept play in Beckenham territory at crucial points in the proceedings. Another late penalty shot from Cole put Reeds into a four-point lead and Beckenham needed a try to win the game. The result could have gone either way in those last five minutes, but Reeds were in charge up front and that kept Beckenham in defensive mode and shut down any attacking opportunities. George Corner brought proceedings to an end by winning a vital turnover which allowed Reeds to clear the ball off the park to take the win and move into 3rd place in the league following other results.
Lennan Day / Rhys Day / Kerran Beavis / Josh Brown / Cameron Goodwin / Simon Fozard / Luke Edwards / George Corner / Alex Corner (Capt) / Ross Stratton / Thomas Sturmer / Peter Cole / Marcus Clark / Jonny Rogers / Josh Clark / Ethan Taylor / Will Jones / Jack Jesty
Reeds have a week off from League rugby next weekend, their next fixture is against Old Colfeians based in the outskirts of South East London on November 26th Kick off 2:15