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1st XV - Match centre

Deal & Betteshanger
Medway
W Bull (2), A Chamberlain, J Sheehan
Full time
J Sheehan, M Robinson
Sat 26 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Medway Feel the Lions Roar From the Start.

On a mainly dry but blustery day, the Lions started brightly and pressured Medway into making mistakes, which were capitalised on by the backs

After some good rucking and driving , which 'tied-in' the Medway defence, the Lions backs started to make some headway .

Sheehan at fly-half and Hart ran at the defence and the pressure brought results . After a sustained drive on the Visitors' line, Bull went over for a try . The subsequent conversion by Sheehan was excellent in the strong cross-wind .

After a similar assault on the Medway line, Chamberlain scored another try, but the conversion was narrowly missed .

Play went to and fro, with some kicks by Medway being run back by the wingers, until Sheehan cut through with a delightful side-step to score a good try . Unfortunately, his ankle was damaged in an awkward fall and he had to leave the field . Robinson converted .
Harrington came into the back-row and Michael moved out to the backs .
The adjusted back division did well, with Hart and Michael putting in some good tackles . After another bout of forward play, Bull drove over for a second try .

After half-time, Medway played with much greater purpose and did not make as many mistakes . They took the game to the Lions and after a series of rather strange decisions by the referee, they drove over for a try near the posts, which was converted .

Medway continued to have a good share of the ball and the good defence of the Lions kept them at bay, with Hart, Harrington and Chamberlain making excellent tackles . However, the pressure told and Medway went over for another try .

McGrath replaced Adcock in the front row and was quickly into the defence .

The Lions started to assert pressure again at the end and a penalty kick was blown just wide. The game was an interesting contest .

Report by David Storrie

Key moments

7:00
Try Wes Bull scores for Deal & Betteshanger
8:00
Conversion John Sheehan kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
14:00
Try Alistair Chamberlain scores for Deal & Betteshanger
20:00
Try John Sheehan scores for Deal & Betteshanger
21:00
Conversion Martin Robinson kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
25:00
Try Wes Bull scores for Deal & Betteshanger
Replay game

As it happened

  • Deal & Betteshanger
  • Medway
  • 0
  • Wes Bull Try 7:00'
  • John Sheehan Conversion 8:00'
  • Alistair Chamberlain Try 14:00'
  • John Sheehan Try 20:00'
  • Martin Robinson Conversion 21:00'
  • Wes Bull Try 25:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Charlton Park 22 95
2. Maidstone 22 85
3. Medway 22 74
4. Tunbridge Wells 22 71
5. Sevenoaks 22 70
6. Deal & Betteshanger 22 62
7. Old Colfeians 22 45

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