'Bridge Recover from Jittery Start
Just the game that Edenbridge needed; they were made to work hard against a committed Gillingham team but came out winners.
'Bridge came into this game off the back of two comfortable wins. To an extent they could be forgiven for feeling overly confident but Gillingham were here to ruffle feathers and to prove a point. In their two game so far this season, Edenbridge have scored a try in the opening couple of minutes of both and have done so without really breaking a sweat. Not so this weekend and 'Bridge had to endure falling behind 0-7 following an opening quarter where the visitors were the team playing all the rugby.
'Bridge defended and defended but could do nothing to stop the Purple and White tide.
After twenty minutes, Gillingham got their reward with a try under the posts amidst cries of crossing from the home defence. Admittedly the running lines in midfield were a little dubious (check the video in the highlights) but 'Bridge should have done better to stop the Anchorians 9 from heading to the line. Going in under the posts the conversion was a 'gimmie' and 'Bridge trailed 0-7; behind for the first time this season.
Spurred on by the Gillingham score, 'Bridge began to recall the rugby that has seen them have success so far this season. String phase after phase together, the Black and Yellow wave eventually wore down a tiring Gillingham defence and saw returnee Bobby Weaver over for 'Bridge's opening try; a welcome return for him after a season out. Lee Roberts added the simple conversion and 'Bridge were off the mark and level again.
Half time rolled around with the scores locked at 7-7 and hopes were high the 'Bridge would push on having remembered how to play again. Sadly is what not to be; the home team persisted with penalty offences which allowed Anchonrians to push and push into home territory. Eventually that pressure told and the Anchs' hooker was put in way out wide in the corner where all good front rowers should be lurking. The conversion was missed horribly however so 'Bridge trailed 7-12.
That was to prove to be the final score from the visitors as the home team eventually clicked into gear. Four more converted tries were to follow with Jamie Horner crossing the whitewash for the first of his two tries. Weaver was to add a second to his account along with Robert Mitchell who extended his try scoring run to a third game on the bounce.
With Lee Roberts on points this afternoon, 'Bridge knocked up 5 conversions to go with the tries and in the end a comfortable win 35-12.
Despite initial thoughts that this game would be played as a league game, it was decided pre-kick-off that this would only be a friendly with Gillingham happy to travel back to the Rec on the 11th November as originally dictated by the fixture list.
Thanks to Gillingham for filling in at the last minute following Aylesford's cancellation. We look forward to the next two fixtures against you. Next weekend, 'Bridge travel to Maidstone re-enforced by some of the missing players from this weekend to try and remain top of the league.
Tries: Weaver (2), Horner J (2), Mitchell R
Cons: Roberts (5)
MOTM: Chris Mitchell
15. Rowland; 14. Tingley; 13. Tan; 12. Presland; 11. Tolnai; 10. Roberts (capt.); 9. Horner; 1. Mitchell C, 2. Franklin; 3. Powell; 4. Jenner; 5.Bright; 6. Helps; 7. Weaver; 8. Mitchell R