SURREY LEAGUE TWO REEDS WEYBRIDGE 63pts OLD WELLINGTONIANS (OW’s) 19pts
Every side coming down to Reeds attractive Whiteley Village ground wants to knock them off the top spot and mid-table OW’s with some very close results behind them this season were no exception. With an abrasive set of forwards and hard running backs they started well making it clear they were going to give Reeds a severe test.
With 5 minutes on the clock OW’s forced a lineout on Reeds five metre line, a clean take from OW’s followed by a drive and Reeds were seven points adrift.
From that point onwards however Reeds began to work their way back into the game with good passages of interplay between forwards and backs. In the wider open spaces Reeds backs caused no end of problems, and Pete Davidge, Reeds fly half made it 3-7 with a penalty, quickly followed by centre Tom Mclean crossing for an unconverted try.
Reeds in possession were very difficult to contain and quick hands put Tom McLean in for his second try of the day. When strong running Joe Moriarty out on the wing collected the third try of the day with a thirty metre sprint for the line it looked as if Reeds were in control. But it wasn’t quite so, OW burst through the midfield to score under the sticks to make it 24-14. But moments later Chris Stegmann out on the wing was given just enough space to put him away try line bound and at half time Reeds had a bonus point in the bag.
The second half was less than 10 minutes old when Henry Redknapp the prop forward carrying the ball out wide chipped the ball through the defence allowing lock forward Tony Adams to win the race for the touch-down. Reeds were now firmly in the box seat even more so when Pete Davidge banged over a penalty. OW’s were not finished and their centre grabbed another try after play had been driven close to the try line.
Reeds added to their half time replacements in the last quarter who provided fresh impetus. James Botterill slipped away from the cover defence for Reeds sixth try of the day. There was no way back or a fourth bonus point try for the visitors after that, and Alex Corner the No 8, and Tom McLean, Reeds centre collected two more tries before fly half Pete Davidge crossed the line late on to finish the scoring sequence.
Man of the Match: Charlie Bolton – Another Reeds 1st XV debutant who performed well in a new look front row as well as carrying well and making his presence felt around the park.
Report by George Spinks