KINGSTON 13pts REEDS WEYBRIDGE 9pts – SURREY LEAGUE TWO
Reeds Weybridge first fixture against Kingston was in 1933 and there have been many robust encounters since then, this was another. Spectators and players alike knew exactly what to expect from the game, Kingston, on their narrow pitch were going to field a massive pack of forwards who were going to play the game tightly around the fringes, Reeds were going to play the ball into the open spaces.
A week of rain with a very muddy pitch and difficult handling conditions meant that opportunities for Reeds pace and guile out wide were severely restricted. Kingston down the slope in the first half had the best of the territory and early on the big Kingston pack were able to shunt Reeds backwards in the scrum in the mud ever closer to the try line and a No 8 pick up from a couple of metres clocked up the first and only try of the day, quickly followed by a penalty for offside leaving Reeds ten points adrift. Up front there was a real battle going on, but Reeds didn’t concede one scrummage penalty all afternoon.
It was during that first half that centre Ollie Savill earned his Man of the Match award, a Kingston attack had found the winger try line bound for the corner flag, it looked a certain score but Savill had other ideas, covering across he took off in horizontal flight and hit the winger amidships into the flag, no score.
At the change round, a penalty apiece kept Kingston in front by ten points, but now Reeds had that slope in their favour, there some thunderous exchanges taking place in the midfield with Reeds skipper at the heart of most of them in attack and defence as well. Reeds fly half has a sharp rugby brain and he and his scrum half ran everything, stretching the Kingston defence, but ball handling was not easy and one or two chances went down.
The big Kingston pack knew that if they could lock down the game in a midfield battle they would limit Reeds attacking options. In that last quarter Pete Davidge knocked over two difficult penalties leaving a four point deficit, a try would win the game for Reeds, they came so close in those last few minutes but Kingston’s game plan aided by the conditions proved to be decisive. Reeds collected a losing bonus point and are still top of the table with Haileyburians and Cranleigh in hot pursuit.
Man of the Match