SURREY LEAGUE TWO BEC OLD BOYS 6pts REEDS WEYBRIDGE 57pts
Catherine Lewis from Purley was in charge of Reeds penultimate league game in Wandsworth last Saturday, she was on top form, decisive and firmly in control she ensured that players and spectators enjoyed an open free flowing game of rugby.
However, most of the open rugby came from Reeds, coming up that sloping, narrow pitch in the first half, Reeds had fielded two brothers, Simon and Michael Woollatt in the same side for the first time this season together with some of their youngsters from the under 21 squad one of those was lock forward Ed Scott, he had such an impressive afternoon, especially in the lineout where he caused no end of problems for Bec, it was his lineout work that produced quality ball for the first try, young Scott fed George Corner, the hooker who bashed his way over from short distance.
Reeds were winning bucket loads of possession from all departments and Reeds had the back division to put the Bec defence under constant threat and out wide they had to contend with the scorching pace of seventeen year old full back James Botterill who attacked from all parts.
Bec just couldn’t get their hands on the ball and points had to come, Dan Connell collected the second try of the day, he was put away just inside the touch line with the cover fanning out to cover, but a brave dive for the line and he was in by the flag. Reeds loose forwards were punishing Bec in the rucks and mauls driving through the defence, prop forward Toby Blyther was over for the third try quickly followed by hooker George Corner in for his second, there was no way Bec were going to fight their way back from that deficit.
It got worse for Bec, centre Ollie Savill who has such a shrewd rugby brain and good hands as well set off on a mazy run just inside the Bec half, checked just short of the line he wrestled his way free to touch down.
Just before the interval scrum half Ollie Palmer stole away from the base of the scrum to clock up Reeds sixth try and they had the hill, in their favour to come, a big score looked on the cards.
But it didn’t work out like that, the Bec defence was outstanding, none better than their skipper and No 8 Mike Allen, he knew they were on the losing side but kept Reeds down to just three tries in that second half, perhaps Reeds should have concentrated on going through the phases to open up the gaps, rather than on individual efforts.
Having said that there were three classic second half tries, Ollie Palmer the scrum half from twenty metres out needed all his strength to collect his second of the day, James Botterill from within his own half accelerated away on a swerving run for his score and then late on Pete Davidge ghosted his way through the midfield for his first try of the day and then slotted the conversion.
Some Man of the Match Awards are given for a significant performance during a particular game, last Saturday George Corner was given that honour for his week in week out contribution to Reeds success this season.
There will be a packed touchline down at Whiteley Village next Saturday for Reeds final league game, their visitors are Old Paulines – founded in 1871 they are one of the oldest clubs in the country. Reeds are top of the table and will want to finish their season in winning style.
George Spinks – 07860 394687