A Tough Day in The Office
Regrettably, due to ‘late cancellations’ a much-weakened 2nd XV travelled away to Gravesend on the ‘last big shopping day’ before Christmas
In fact, the Team played the whole game with only 14 men, and they gave their all against a good side . The Gravesend Thirds are a strong , experienced side and they claim that they are the most successful in their Club !
The strength of the Home side was their good pack of forwards and they gained good possession, their backs ran well and the support play and ‘off-loading’ was very good .
After a period of settling-down , the Lions began to challenge Gravesend . The backs in particular, of whom McLachlan, Topping, Rowarth and Ward were the main attackers, did well and made good ground . However, Gravesend managed to hold out against them and launched telling counter-attacks, which resulted in tries .
At half-time, the Home side led by 22 points .
The second half began in much the same fashion, but some silly mistakes gave away soft tries and the score mounted . Again, there were some good attacks by the Lions backs and Halpin made some good , small kicks into space , but the defence held .
The Lions pack battled manfully, but were out-played .
The game ended in a large victory for Gravesend and the Lions will welcome them back to Walmer in the New Year .
Team: 15. Topping 14. Ward 13. Rowarth 12. McLachlan 10. Halpin
9. Crews 1. Wakefield 2. Dixon (Capt) 3. Sapsford 4. Sparkes 5. White 6. Nelson 7. Petken 8. Rose Jnr