Reeds Take the Spoils in Hard Fought Match
REEDS WEYBRIDGE 62 HOVE 9
This was a nine try victory at the end although it certainly didn’t look that way at half time with Hove valiantly making their tackles until the bitter end. Reeds playing down the slope in the first half went into the lead with some defence busting runs, they have a set of forwards who can make their presence felt in the formal passages of play but they are comfortable with the ball in hand as well. Herbie Finn, Reeds big second row, collected the first try of the afternoon when he accelerated through the cover defence to touch down near the sticks. Reeds were winning plenty of ball and they battered away at the Hove line and it was prop forward Josh Brown who finally broke through for the second try with a defence busting charge from 10 meters out. With just a quarter of the game gone, Josh Clark sidestepped his way over for the third try and it looked as if there was going to be a turkey shoot.
However, perhaps Reeds were over anxious to get hold of the ball whatever the reason, during the second quarter they were on the wrong end of the penalty count that cost them possession, a man in the bin, and allowed Hove back into the game. George Davies the Hove place kicker banged over three penalties in succession and that eleven point lead that Reeds had secured did not look so comfortable, especially as Reeds were up the hill in the second half. But it was that second half performance that secured the victory, the mistakes at the breakdown which had cost them so much territory in the second half were eliminated and Reeds began to launch attacks from all parts of the park. Charlie Bolton the prop forward was first over the line for the bonus point try quickly followed by try number five from George Corner the hooker.
When Pete Davidge Reeds fly half slotted a penalty Reeds had a twenty plus lead and there was no way Hove were going to overturn that advantage. Reeds are a fit side, switching the attacks, at pace, from one side of the field to the other, tiring work for the sea siders and gaps began to appear. Lewis Jones the young back row forward who constantly made ground and broke tackles throughout the match scored the sixth try with a typically rampaging run through the midfield, it was an outstanding performance from the youngster and earned him the Man of the Match award. The last quarter saw Reeds on the march from all parts of the pitch with the visitors struggling to defend their line, it was one way traffic and in the last ten minutes, Billy Maddock, Reed’s skipper, crashed his way through a tiring Hove defence and centre Tudor Forbes determined running earned him a brace of late tries.
Next week Reeds are away to Old Reigatians.