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1st XV - Match centre

Edenbridge RFC
Burgess Hill
R Mitchell (3), S Smith (2), A Bright, D Mitchell, P Cooper , M Whitehead, L Bowen
Full time
L Roberts (8)
Sat 9 Sep 14:30 - Friendly

Comfortable Pre-Season Friendly Win

'Bridge ran in ten tries in this friendly to help warm them up for the start of the league next week.

The signs were ominous for our visitors this afternoon when they were only able to muster 13 players; many thanks for still making the trip thought Burgess Hill. After lending them a few, 'Bridge set about putting into practice their plans for the coming season.

It didn't take long for the scoreboard to starting ticking over; new back-row Robert Mitchell going over for his first try in black & gold with barely a minute on the clock. The kick-off was chased hard by Lewis Bowen who forced a fumble from the Burgess Hill receiver. A quick carry and spreading the ball wide saw the 'Bridge Number 8 over the line and under the posts. A regulation conversion from in front of the posts from Lee Roberts opened the fly half's account for the season.

The next try wasn't far behind; the first scrum of the game happened just outside Edenbridge's 22 and was stolen against the head by Mike Whitehead. Good hands saw 'Bridge winger Nick Tingley put into space with the length of the pitch ahead of him. The desperate defence just about did its job and forced him to knock on with the Burgess Hill try line at his mercy. From the resulting scrum, the ball came loose following a strong secondary drive from the Edenbridge pack and blindside flanker Spike Smith was quickest to react, pouncing on the ball as it bobbled over the Burgess Hill line.

More tries were to come in the first half with a mixture of forward-strength allowing Adam Bright, Dominic Mitchell, Mike Whitehead and Robert Mitchell (for his second) to score from close quarters and Paul Cooper and Lewis Bowen to demonstrate some of the softer skills to find their way to the line.

The second half saw 'Bridge ring the changes, swopping their loan players with Burgess Hill and getting Academy player Ryan Helps on for his Senior debut. The now uncontested scrums nullified some of 'Bridge's advantage but it didn't see much of a let up in the scoring. As with the first half, straight from the kick-off, young Ryan Helps received the ball and set off on a strong run. Having made his way well into the Burgess Hill half, he fed Robert Mitchell who simply carried on the run to complete his hattrick for the afternoon.

Spike Smith was to add a further try for himself shortly before the game came to a sudden and sad end. Captain Mike Whitehead was on his way through a gap into the Burgess Hill 22 before his leg was fallen on awkwardly in a tackle. A shrill blast of the whistle and an ambulance summoned saw the two squads depart the field fifteen minutes early.

Best wishes to Captain Mike Whitehead; his presence on the pitch will be missed this season but no-doubt we'll see him propping up the bar in due course. Thanks go to Burgess Hill for making the trip and sticking at it in a game played in great spirit.

Edenbridge:
Scorers:
Tries: Mitchell R (3), Smith (2), Bright, Mitchell D, Whitehead, Bowen, Cooper
Cons: Roberts (8)
Pens:

MOTM: Robert Mitchell

Team:
15. Cooper; 14. Tingley (rep. White); 13. Tan 12. Lytham; 11. Tolnai; 10. Roberts; 9. Horner; 1. Mitchell D (rep. Battle); 2. Whitehead (capt.) (rep. Helps); 3. Mitchell C; 4. Ward; 5. Bright; 6. Smith; 7. Bowen; 8. Mitchell R

Key moments

1:00
Try Robert Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
1:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
5:00
Try Spike Smith scores for Edenbridge RFC
10:00
Try Adam Bright scores for Edenbridge RFC
10:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
14:00
Try Dominic Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
14:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
21:00
Try Paul Cooper scores for Edenbridge RFC
21:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
30:00
Try Mike Whitehead scores for Edenbridge RFC
34:00
Try Robert Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
34:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
39:00
Try Lewis Bowen scores for Edenbridge RFC
39:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
41:00
Try Robert Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
41:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
47:00
Try Spike Smith scores for Edenbridge RFC
47:30
Conversion Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC

Highlights

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65:00 Player of the Match
Robert Mitchell is awarded player of the match for Edenbridge RFC
50:00 Sub Off
Lewis Bowen is substituted off for Edenbridge RFC
50:00 Sub On
Mike Whitehead is substituted on for Edenbridge RFC
47:30 Conversion 66 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
47:00 Try 64 - 0
Spike Smith scores for Edenbridge RFC
41:30 Conversion 59 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
41:00 Try 57 - 0
Robert Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
40:00 Sub On
Dominic Mitchell is substituted on for Edenbridge RFC
40:00 Sub On
Rhys Battle is substituted on for Edenbridge RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Nick Tingley is substituted off for Edenbridge RFC
40:00 Sub On
James White is substituted on for Edenbridge RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Mike Whitehead is substituted off for Edenbridge RFC
40:00 Sub On
Ryan Helps is substituted on for Edenbridge RFC
End of period 1
39:30 Conversion 52 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
39:00 Try 50 - 0
Lewis Bowen scores for Edenbridge RFC
34:30 Conversion 45 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
34:00 Try 43 - 0
Robert Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
30:30 Missed Conversion
Lee Roberts misses a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
30:00 Try 38 - 0
Mike Whitehead scores for Edenbridge RFC
21:30 Conversion 33 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
21:00 Try 31 - 0
Paul Cooper scores for Edenbridge RFC
14:30 Conversion 26 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
14:00 Try 24 - 0
Dominic Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
10:30 Conversion 19 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
10:00 Try 17 - 0
Adam Bright scores for Edenbridge RFC
5:30 Missed Conversion
Lee Roberts misses a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
5:00 Try 12 - 0
Spike Smith scores for Edenbridge RFC
1:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Lee Roberts kicks a conversion for Edenbridge RFC
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Robert Mitchell scores for Edenbridge RFC
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As it happened

  • Edenbridge RFC
  • Burgess Hill
  • 0
  • Robert Mitchell Try 1:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 1:30'
  • Spike Smith Try 5:00'
  • Adam Bright Try 10:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 10:30'
  • Dominic Mitchell Try 14:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 14:30'
  • Paul Cooper Try 21:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 21:30'
  • Mike Whitehead Try 30:00'
  • Robert Mitchell Try 34:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 34:30'
  • Lewis Bowen Try 39:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 39:30'
  • Dominic Mitchell Sub On 40:00'
  • Rhys Battle Sub On 40:00'
  • Nick Tingley Sub Off 40:00'
  • James White Sub On 40:00'
  • Mike Whitehead Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ryan Helps Sub On 40:00'
  • Robert Mitchell Try 41:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 41:30'
  • Spike Smith Try 47:00'
  • Lee Roberts Conversion 47:30'
  • Lewis Bowen Sub Off 50:00'
  • Mike Whitehead Sub On 50:00'
  • Robert Mitchell Player of the Match 65:00'

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