Saturday 11th Feb 2017

Reeds supporters struggled through the traffic and poor weather conditions to get to their furthest away fixture and they could see from the pre match warm up that their hosts had fielded a huge pack that was going to give their heroes a difficult afternoon in the tight, and that is exactly what happened.

There was a huge weight advantage and Croydon played that card very well, in the tight Reeds spent most of afternoon in retreat and in the loose they were faced with massive prop forwards on the charge. But Reeds dealt with those attacks with some stunning tackling especially from flanker Kerran Beavis, he is the man to have in these situations, he delivered an outstanding defensive performance that rocked the big men backwards. In fact the rest of the Reeds back row Alex Keefe and Alex Corner were the key figures in Reeds eventual victory, indeed it was young Alex Corner who had the pace to keep up with the backs when they broke away up-field for the first try, it was his all round dynamic ball carrying ability that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Reeds spent most of the first quarter in defensive mode, they just couldn’t get their hands on the ball, but when they did they were lethal, Peter Davidge, Reeds fly half can attack from anywhere on the park, and it was his silky running from within the 22 that unlocked the Croydon defence for that first try and as Reeds gradually began to get more quality ball they threatened to clock up more points, but it was a day, when that final pass went astray.

However at the change round, Alex Corner had collected his second try of the afternoon with just a penalty in reply from the hosts. Reeds were nine points to the good but with Croydon still posing all sorts of problems in the forward exchanges and Reeds suffering injuries to their midfield talisman and skipper Billy Maddock together with their lineout specialist Simon Fozzard sidelined, Reeds were not dominant until the latter stages.

They nosed further ahead with a try from Malcolm Harding and converted from way out by Peter Davidge but Croydon were still well in the game when they touched down for their only try of the day, that left Reeds still just nine points to the good, it didn’t look decisive.

It wasn’t until that last quarter when perhaps a tiring Croydon defence couldn’t stop Reeds young winger, Malcolm Harding, such an exciting and aggressive runner, he grabbed another two tries and Chris Stegmann up in the line from full back touched down late on. It was a six try to one victory in the end but it was after a battle royal up front and some ferocious loose exchanges with the result in doubt until late in the game.

Next week Reeds are at home to London Media, early in the season, they beat the Police and Ruts and lost narrowly to Merton, all good sides. London Media draw their players from all over the metropolis, you never quite know what side will turn up.

George Spinks
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