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Gillingham II
Edenbridge I
Sat 3 Mar 15:00 - KCRFU Rural Kent & East Sussex League - Cinque Division 4 West Full time

Gillingham spanked at home

Waking up to the tragic scenes of snow, and a forecast that would have had polar bears twitching in the groin, we were not expectant of rugby. Thanks to my persistence and lack of a social life, I managed to persuade home and away players alike. Game on!

As is the norm, ‘bridge travelled with strength. 17 of the clubs finest braving the Baltic conditions and popping on the black and gold shirts. Thanks to Lewis Bowen for providing a vast number of elastic under jumper things. Whatever next?

It took around 4 seconds for The visitors to make the 1st score. A mazy run from Spike ‘I can play anywhere’ Smith, scoring from deep inside his own half. Conversion Lee Roberts. 0-7.

I must skip through many of the other tries as there were many. Here are some of the highlights.

0-12. Sam Tan try.
0-17. Fantastic team try, finished by Ben Weston for his 1st try for the club.
0-24. Spike Smith. Another piece of individual brilliance. Conversion Lee Roberts
0-29. Bobby Weaver. Finished from outside the 22, beating about 6 tackles.
0-36. Lewis Bowen. Ran in from his own 22. Catch me if you can! Conversion Lee Roberts.
0-41. Spike Smith. A hat trick inside 30 minutes. Quite incredible performance.
0-46. Robert Mitchell. Who’d have thought? In for his staple try. (Good finish actually)
0-51. Craig Decoteau. Good finish. Could have had many more tries, but unselfishly set them all up for his team mates instead.

You might think that, that was a lot of action for one match. In fact, that brought about half time.

Unfortunately we lost our hat trick hero Spike Smith due to a suspected broken nose. The Gillingham winger was also rushed off to hospital (so I’m told), we all wish you a quick recovery.

Anyway, with the worlds quickest ever half time break, we were off again. This time with the strong and bitter wind in our favour.

Gillingham were strong out of the blocks and after 5 minutes of decent play had a converted score of their own. It turns out that the blind squirrel does occasionally find a nut. 7-51 and all to play for. Well.... kind of.

A second and quite perfect try from Sam Tan.
All finished off with 2 more try’s (both converted by himself) for Ben Weston, completing another hat trick.

An early Full time whistle saved Gillingham from a sure 100+ scoreline. 53 minutes of play in total.

A big hand must go to the referee for an impeccable performance in quite horrid conditions.

Onto man of the match. For the 1st time this season, I have to split it. Ben Weston and Spike Smith. Both securing excellent hat tricks. Neither missed a tackle and both made huge runs all over the park. Everyone else played some fantastic rugby too.

Dick of the day. This week was an easy one.Gary Patterson providing a rather comical moment when he tapped and went, dotted down the ball and strutted back like Pingu the penguin. Only to find out that he’s scored on the 5 meter line. Rather amusing!

Sam Rickets, whilst having a very good game, yet again bummed out as he was smeared into the corner flag after a pretty lengthy run.

So onto next week. I’m sure OG’s will be a trickier opposition back at the rec, and I’m convinced that it’ll be a tad warmer.

* turns out that I’ve made a booboo. Rob Mitchell actually scored twice. Can’t remember when, but makes the final score 7-77.

Seriously! We did play on that. (Royal we of course).

Mike Whitehead

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