'Bridge Eventually Wake Up On The Road
'Bridge made hard work of their win at Vigo this weekend, barely getting out of first gear for most of the match.
It was said in the huddle post-game that good teams can win ugly. While not an ugly win, it was a laboured performance at Vigo, especially during the opening 40 minutes. Despite some early promise with 'Bridge pressing hard inside the Vigo half, two blatant try-scoring opportunities were butchered leading to Vio being the first on the scoresheet from a simple turn-over ball and breaking up the wing for a nigh-on full-length score. With the conversion sailing between the sticks, 'Bridge trailed 7-0.
'Bridge battle back however and reasserted their physical dominance, carrying hard and dealing with the strong Vigo jackling players. Continued strong work by the forwards making heavy going of playing a tight game saw Ash Powell put Robert Mitchell in for yet another try for the Number 8. Lee Roberts added the conversion to level the game back up at 7-7.
Vigo would not lie down however and continued to peg Edenbridge back in their half, a combination of pacey wings and clever kicking seeing 'Bridge forced into dotting down behind their own line. From a resulting 22 drop-out, Lee Roberts spotted the space out wide and launched a deep kick for Lewis Bowen to chase. And chase he did, stripping the collecting Vigo player of the ball on the floor and sprinting in for a try. 7-12 to 'Bridge.
But back came Vigo once again and some sloppy defensive work from a 5 m penalty saw them in out wide with 'Bridge looking out-of-sorts and not a patch on the previous week's defensive effort against Tunbridge Wells. The try proved to be too wide for the conversion so the game sat level at 12-12 with about a minute left on the clock to halftime.
Strong words were had under the posts and 'Bridge powered out of the blocks for the final play of the first half. Simple secure ball allowed Sam Tan to crash through from fullback and allowed the visitors to have the final say of the half with Lee Roberts adding the extras to give 'Bridge at 12-19 lead at half time.
As the second half opened, 'Bridge had looked to have found some rhythm and pace to their place with the ever lively Aran Harris providing the energy behind the plays. It took only a couple of minutes for Robert Mitchell to go over for his second of the game which was again converted to push the lead out to 12-26.
'Bridge continued to attack and eventually forced a kickable penalty. With pragmatism to the fore, Lee Roberts stepped up to add 3 more points and make it a three-score lead of 12-29.
Vigo were not done however and had the last say with the final try of the game which went unconverted. Final score 17-29.
A far from complete performance by 'Bridge but still a four-try win away from home. 'Bridge will surely be back in better shape back at home at the Rec next weekend when Gillingham visit.
Many thanks to Vigo for a great afternoon. It's a shame Bonfire Celebrations meant we could stay around longer to enjoy the Clubhouse as we did in February. We look forward to the return game at the Rec next year.
Tries: Mitchell R (2), Bowen, Tan
Cons: Roberts (3)
15. Liggins 14. Rickets, 13. Tan, 12. Decoteau 11. 10. Roberts, 9. Harris, 1. Patterson (rep. Read), 2. Mitchell D (rep. Miller), 3. Powell, 4. Bright, 5. Bennett (rep. Ward), 6. Helps (rep. Porter), 7. Bowen 8. Mitchell R