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1st XV - Match centre

Heathfield & Waldron
Deal & Betteshanger
A Michael (2), B Ebden
Sat 7 Dec 14:15 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

Too Close for Comfort

After the long journey to Heathfield, the Lions started the game with a sustained attack on the Home line in the corner .

This pressure eventually resulted in Adam Michael going over for an unconverted try .

That roused a spirited response from Heathfield, who attacked well through the centre of the pitch by good use of their big and quick second row forwards, backed by their three-quarters . The Lions defended well in the forward play but there were some weaknesses in the backs ,which was in contrast to the strong defence by their opponents when Armstrong , Robinson and Moss were prevented from making their usual inroads .

Unfortunately, there were some hand injuries to two of the Lions players ,which did restrict the effectiveness of those individuals . This reduced the effectiveness of the Team and the game ebbed and flowed up and down the pitch . Eventually, the Home side drove over for a try in the corner .

From another forward tussle, Adam Michael made a searing break around the edge of the pack to go over for another try in the opposite corner .
Heathfield responded with a penalty conversion and at Half-time the score was 10- 8 to the Lions .

The second half continued in much the same vein, with Stone replacing the injured Roberts in the pack and Ludwig came on to the flank . Eventually, the Home side had too many runners on the flank and despite the winger being forced into touch as he dived for the line, the try was awarded .

The Lions, now narrowly in deficit , reacted strongly and pinned the Home side on their line . After five consecutive set scrums on the line which were thwarted , the ball was moved out to the blind-side by Schofield at Fly-half and via a quick pass by Robinson for Ebden to go over in the corner for a well-taken try .

The Lions Team were left with a victory, but they knew that they were capable of a better performance . But Heathfield & Waldron played well and attacked and tackled with spirit and thus made for a very close game .
Deal & Betteshanger were made very welcome by the Home side at their friendly Club and we wish them well for the remainder of the Season .

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Key moments

Try Adam Michael scores for Deal & Betteshanger
Try Adam Michael scores for Deal & Betteshanger
Try Ben Ebden scores for Deal & Betteshanger
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As it happened

  • Heathfield & Waldron
  • Deal & Betteshanger
  • 0
  • Adam Michael Try 8:00'
  • Adam Michael Try 25:00'
  • Ben Ebden Try 45:00'

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League table

# 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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