Reeds v Old Tonbridgians


Reeds Start Life at Level 7 with an Emphatic Win


Joe Wastie – Man of the Match 

There was a huge crowd at Whiteley Village last Saturday to watch Reeds Weybridge’s first league match in London South West 2, their opponents Old Tonbridgians, were also paying their first visit to Reeds Weybridge headquarters. Reeds up the slope in the first half were on the attack from the outset but some fearsome tackling from the visitors forced handling errors which allowed the Tonbridgians to set up camp in Reeds 22. A series of rolling mauls and drives so nearly got them over the line, but Reeds defence doesn’t concede too easily and it was the big hits that forced the turn overs from those attacks. 25 minutes in and 0-0 with both sides probing for openings and Tonbridgians having the better of the territory battle.  From that point on though Reeds began to launch a series of attacks, but it wasn’t until the second quarter that Reeds began to get any points on the board, skipper Billy Maddock, such an abrasive ball carrier was causing all sorts of problems in the midfield, finally one bullocking run from Joe Moriarty and a deft off load took him through the defence and under the sticks. Fly half Pete Davidge collected the extras along with a couple more penalties before the change round. Now Reeds had the slope in their favour, up front Reeds were inflicting some serious damage care of the front row trio of Josh Brown, George Corner and destructive tight head Kerran Beavis ably supported by Toby Blyther, the tight scrums were rocking backwards allowing Pete Davidge to fire out some huge spiralling passes to unleash the back division. Tom McLean the winger is so hard to stop with his hard running and elusive style he always made ground and he broke through for the first try of the second half, there was no way the visitors were going to come back from that deficit. Tonbridgians were now on the ropes, up the hill, tiring, and against a side that was running the ball from all parts of the park, points had to come there was a final tally of seven tries with Tom McLean scoring a hat trick and with young flanker Joe Wastie awarded Man of the Match for ahis all round contribution in attack and defence. Lots still to build on, but a great start with our two debutants Tudor Forbes & Luke Evans playing extensive roles in the win. 

Reeds Debuts for Tudor Forbes (L) & Luke Edwards (R) 

Next week, Reeds are in a local Derby match when they travel to Thames Ditton to meet Old Tiffinians.

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