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1st XV - Match centre

Deal & Betteshanger
Maidstone
A Michael, L Armstrong
Full time
C Moss (2)
Sat 8 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Excellent Victory By The Lions

The Lions played host to 3rd place Maidstone at the Drill Field on Saturday knowing they had to be on top form to take anything from this match.

Following the strong performance against Charlton Park the previous week and with the Captain, Adam Michael and Wade Roberts back from injury, the Lions started this important match on a bright day with eager intent . Maidstone had inflicted a heavy defeat earlier in the season with a powerful display from their strong pack and centre threequarters and the intention by The Lions was to deny them the same initiative .
The Home forwards contested the scrums and line-outs well and held their taller and heavier opponents , while giving their backs the opportunity to attack . After gaining good territorial possession, Connor Moss kicked a good penalty . This was followed by further attacks, with strong running by Robinson from deep and Adam Michael finally scored out wide with an excellent try .

Maidstone came back with some strong play and provoked stout defence from the Lions . The forward battle went to and fro, with both packs winning some good lineout ball in close contests .
Stone and Hanley carried the ball well in counter attacks and Gavin Elsam again anticipated the Maidstone thrusts well and tackled fiercely .
Eventually the Maidstone right wing went over for a good try after several attacks on the Lions’ defence to end the half at 8 -5 points.

Maidstone resumed the game with vigour and only good defence kept them from a further score . The Visitors had territorial advantage for much of this half, and kicked two penalties to one reply by Moss to level the scores .
However, The Lions did not give up and came back strongly at the end of the game to make several thrusts, pinning Maidstone into a desperate defence . In the end, Luke Armstrong, who had his best game for a while, surged over for a try which gave the Lions an important victory .

Saturday 8th March 2014 - 1st XV Vs Maidstone
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The large crowd was entertained with a vigorous, close and entertaining match .

Reporter David Storrie.

See also report on kent sport news by clicking Here

Key moments

15:00
Penalty Connor Moss kicks a penalty for Deal & Betteshanger
25:00
Try Adam Michael scores for Deal & Betteshanger
55:00
Penalty Connor Moss kicks a penalty for Deal & Betteshanger
78:00
Try Luke Armstrong scores for Deal & Betteshanger

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As it happened

  • Deal & Betteshanger
  • Maidstone
  • 0
  • Connor Moss Penalty 15:00'
  • Adam Michael Try 25:00'
  • Connor Moss Penalty 55:00'
  • Luke Armstrong Try 78:00'

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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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