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1st XV - Match centre

Medway
Deal & Betteshanger
Full time
A Michael, L Armstrong
C Moss
C Moss (2)
Sat 22 Feb 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

The Teams Share the Spoils

The Lions travelled to Medway on a mercifully dry day to play the re-arranged League match

. Having defeated Medway in the 'Home' match at The Drill Field in which the Fly-Half John Sheehan broke his foot in the process of scoring a fine try, the 'Away' match with Sheehan still missing through injury, was to be a daunting prospect . The Lions had not played a match for a month, due to games being cancelled for unfit pitches, but Medway had played Sevenoaks just the previous week . So the Visitors were bound to be rusty and it showed .

Playing with a strong wind at their backs, the Lions took the game to the Home side and quickly went into the lead with a penalty from Connor Moss . Despite not using the wind enough to advantage for much of the first half, the forwards competed at the scrum and line-out and attacked the Medway line . Despite the failure of Ollie Schofield to ground the ball when over the goal line , the attacks continued and eventually Adam Michael went over for a try , which Moss converted .
Medway countered well and Ollie Best, formerly a Lions player, kicked a penalty for the Home side and at Half-time the score was 10 - 3 to the Visitors .

Facing the strong wind in the Second Half, the Lions contested the scrums and line-outs against strong opposition . Martin Robinson was injured and was replaced by Dan Best at Full-Back .
However, Ollie Best then punished the Lions by converting the penalties given for breakdown and off-side infringements and steadily overtook the deficit with five successful kicks .
The Lions continued to attack and were within the Medway line for a long period but were kept out by some stout defence . Eventually, Luke Armstrong burst through the defence and scored a good try, which was sadly not converted . So despite having scored two tries to nil but conceded to six penalties, the game was Drawn .

Next week the Team is away to Charlton Park .

Reporter David Storrie

Key moments

5:00
Penalty Connor Moss kicks a penalty for Deal & Betteshanger
25:00
Try Adam Michael scores for Deal & Betteshanger
26:00
Conversion Connor Moss kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
50:00
Penalty Connor Moss kicks a penalty for Deal & Betteshanger
65:00
Try Luke Armstrong scores for Deal & Betteshanger
Replay game

As it happened

  • Medway
  • Deal & Betteshanger
  • 0
  • Connor Moss Penalty 5:00'
  • Adam Michael Try 25:00'
  • Connor Moss Conversion 26:00'
  • Connor Moss Penalty 50:00'
  • Luke Armstrong Try 65:00'

Team selection

League round up

Other London 2 South East results

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21
Lewes
Old Colfeians
9
23
Tunbridge Wells
27
10
Crowborough

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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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