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1st XV - Match centre

Gravesend IV
Edenbridge I
Sat 16 Dec 14:00 - KCRFU Rural Kent & East Sussex League - Cinque Division 4 West Full time

‘Bridge hail supreme against a much improved Gravesend.

Disclaimer:- This report was written by our injured captain, Mike Whitehead. Modesty prevents me from taking any responsibility for this report other than correcting the obvious spelling and grammar errors!

The waft of mulled wine in the air, a distant ring of Santa’s bell and Jack Frost nipping at my nether regions... we hoped for a cracker. A cracker we got, minus the paper hat, awful joke and a miniature sewing kit.

With several match day pull outs, ‘Bridge were under the cosh from the off against a powerful looking Gravesend team. The opening kick of the match sailing out on the full didn’t settle any nerves either.

G’s started very very strongly and had us pinned in our 22 for what felt like an eternity. Great defence from a solid looking team kept them at bay and after 20 minutes of solid defence the home team slotted a penalty from in front of the sticks. This would prove to be the only score in a fantastically contested 1st half.

Half time arose, drinking the oppositions water (I think you still have the bottles Ryan Helps). Inspirational words from skipper extraordinaire Lee Roberts, a few hungover words from yours truly and what ever our touchline groupie (John Harris) mumbled, really seemed to do the trick.

Out came a determined Edenbridge.

Into the opposition 22, a big Alan Erskine run, carried forward by the steamroller that is Chris Mitchell, quick hands from Tamás Tolnai. try Lee Roberts. Duly converted by the aforementioned.

Huge hits were flooding in left, right and rhubarb, and there was not a way through for the tiring Gravesend boys. Even though we spent half of the second period with 14 men, courteous of a duo of right hooks from....... wait for it...... you’ll never guess...... Lewis Bowen, and the worst piece of individual reffing that you’re ever likely to see as Spike Smith was marched off for an early and unjust rest.

Just a Lee Roberts brace of penalties to cap of a quite brilliant performance. Final score 3-13 in the away teams favour.

I rarely see a game without being able to mock a player for lack of commitment and general inability. This week was very different with each and every player putting their bodies on the line time and time again. Special mentions to Jack Miller, Tom Read and Alan Erskine who all stepped up and played the game we’ve all been waiting for.

Man of the match - Nick Horner - a constant thorn in the oppositions side. Great work around the fringes if the break down, and a masterclass in how the ‘old boys’ can still be awesome.

Champagne performance - Alan Erskine - completing his first 80 minutes in 30+ years (fact) and playing a fantastic role in the victory.

Chris Mitchell and Craig Decoteau obviously played great, but that’s to be expected.

Sorry about the rambling, I’m sure our fatter Mitchell will be back to shorten your read soon. All this leaves me to say is have a great Christmas, and congratulations from me on a fabulous calendar year.

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League round up

Other Cinque Division 4 West results

Maidstone III
Tunbridge Wells IV
Aylesford III

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks IV 14 51
2. Swanley I 14 50
3. Edenbridge I 14 47
4. Gillingham II 14 43
5. Sheppey II 14 43
6. Old Gravesendians II 14 38
7. Gravesend IV 15 37

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