Edenbridge’s Seconds fall to a strong Sidcup team
80 minutes of competitive rugby for a newly revived team
Edenbridge rugby club has for the last two years been in a sticky spot of sorts. With low player numbers and a hard rebuilding phase being the issue. But this Saturday two Edenbridge sides ran out both hungry for victory. The first time Edenbridge has run two competitive sides run out for several years.
Edenbridge 2nd XV, kicked off with great optimism and determination to play a style of rugby that would give them front foot ball and momentum. After a few minutes of play Edenbridge’s aggressive defence resulted in a Rob Hammond
interception, followed by Jack Miller
carrying the ball hard into the Sidcup defence. This wouldn’t be the first time Jack would give Edenbridge front foot ball. Getting to within five meters of Sidcup’s line and forcing a penalty Dan Rowland
took the quick penalty to get Edenbridge on the scoreboard. Dan followed up his try with the additional two points.
Edenbridge’s fast start was obviously too fast for the home side as Sidcup ran in two rather easy tries. Edenbridge did get into Sidcup’s 22 again following resurgence of spirt despite being tries down. Carries by Adam Ashworth
, Ryan Helps
and Jack Plunkett
to name a few, Edenbridge opted to take the kick to gain some more points. Dan Rowland
Stepped up and gave Edenbridge the points it needed to keep the teams momentum going.
However, after a poor effort to clear up the restart Sidcup’s well drilled and executed attack began to show. As try after try was scored, all the while Edenbridge’s stout defence lead by Dom Liggins now at No-10 and Steve Fosters Herculean strength in the tackle made sure that every try Sidcup scored was not easy.
As the second half started Steven Foster’s continued defence supported by Joe Langley
and Harry Warne
continued to push Sidcup back. But for all the effort Sidcup scored again and again. Rather than capitulate, Edenbridge’s spirt and dogged determinism to score and stay competitive showed. Late into the second half Steven Foster powered over for Edenbridge’s second try. Sidcup would have the last act to play in the game by scoring twice before the games end.
Edenbridge’s determination, resilience and competitive nature ensured that the 52-15 score line wasn’t a hammering but a positive first step to Edenbridge being able to regularly put out two competitive teams on a Saturday. Man of the match went to Steven Foster who from the first to last minute tackled anyone wearing Sidcup white. A well-earned man of the match award to new man Steven Foster.
A special mention to Mike Whitehead who without his constant desire to get 30 men a game of rugby has seen Edenbridge get two sides out for the first time in too long.