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1st XV - Match centre

Tunbridge Wells
Deal & Betteshanger
Full time
D Atkinson, L Armstrong, A Michael, C Thatcher
M Robinson (4)
M Robinson
Sat 12 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

A FLUCTUATING AFFAIR

The Lions travelled to Tunbridge Wells knowing that this last game was going to be a tough encounter

Since the win for Deal & Betteshanger in the first Home game of the Season, it was obvious as the year went by that Tunbridge Wells were strengthening their team, as the later results showed .

On a fine day but with a medium –strength wind down the pitch, the Lions received a very early shock when a missed tackle and fast passing allowed the Home side to score a quick try on the wing . However, the Lions do not panic easily and gradually they fought back and Martin Robinson kicked a good penalty .

Tunbridge attacked again through the centre with their swift and forceful backs and from a good ruck the ball was moved quickly right and an overlap allowed another try to be scored out wide .
Once again, the Lions forced their way forward , putting Tunbridge under pressure and a ruck and swift pass from Scrum-Half Ollie Schofield found the strong-running Lock Forward Dan Atkinson in support and he went over for a try under the posts . Robinson converted .
The pressure continued and from a good set scrum the ball went out for Luke Armstrong to score . Again, Robinson converted the try .

The game continued to ebb and flow and Tunbridge used the driving maul from the line-outs to good effect and the Lions had difficulty in stopping them . Tunbridge kicked a penalty for an offence at a ruck . From another drive after a line-out, the maul was collapsed by the Lions and a penalty try was awarded .

Half-Time : TW – 22 . Lions – 17.

Attacking against the wind, the Lions played well , but the Tunbridge defence was strong and difficult to penetrate . However, Adam Michael at centre slipped through the tackles and scored a good try, which was again converted by Robinson .
Again the pressure switched and a missed tackle in the centre , while Chamberlain was off the field with a cut head, led to another Home try and the Lions were fortunate when a fine burst by the Tunbridge Wing-Forward resulted in the Referee disallowing another try .

Still the Lions came back and in a good, sustained attack Armstrong made a good break, carried on by Michael who then passed the ball to Carl Thatcher, who scorched by the defence to score . Again, Robinson kicked a fine conversion .

Finally, the swift and tricky Tunbridge Left-Wing dodged through some inadequate tackles to score under the posts for the final converted try .
The pattern of the game showed that it would then be the Lions turn to attack but time ran out .

A good, hard game !

Reporter David Storrie

Key moments

7:00
Penalty Martin Robinson kicks a penalty for Deal & Betteshanger
20:00
Try Dan Atkinson scores for Deal & Betteshanger
21:00
Conversion Martin Robinson kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
33:00
Try Luke Armstrong scores for Deal & Betteshanger
34:00
Conversion Martin Robinson kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
50:00
Try Adam Michael scores for Deal & Betteshanger
51:00
Conversion Martin Robinson kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
65:00
Try Carl Thatcher scores for Deal & Betteshanger
66:00
Conversion Martin Robinson kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
Replay game

As it happened

  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Deal & Betteshanger
  • 0
  • Martin Robinson Penalty 7:00'
  • Dan Atkinson Try 20:00'
  • Martin Robinson Conversion 21:00'
  • Luke Armstrong Try 33:00'
  • Martin Robinson Conversion 34:00'
  • Adam Michael Try 50:00'
  • Martin Robinson Conversion 51:00'
  • Carl Thatcher Try 65:00'
  • Martin Robinson Conversion 66:00'

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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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