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1st XV - Match centre

Medway IV
Edenbridge I
S Smith
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - KCRFU Shepherd Neame Rural Leagues - Late Red 3 Full time

Miserable Conditions and Minimal Points


'Bridge suffer first loss in a tight and messy game.

A far easier journey than for the Ash away game saw Edenbridge arrive nice and early for this away league game. Unfortunately, the grim weather was not too far behind them and arrived just in time for kick-off.

With a firm pitch but with a constant stream of rain, conditions fast became very slippery, not helped by the rather tired looking match ball which had certainly seen a lot more grip in an earlier life. It was these conditions which were to lead to a very sloppy spectacle in which the home forwards had the upper hand for a lot of the match at the set pieces while Edenbridge's backs look dangerous but were starved of ball and when it came it was often hard to keep hold of.

The home team struggled just as much with the slippery ball and 'Bridge were spared a few blushes as a result of Medway runners not being able to take the ball with them.

The majority of the game passed by as a tale of Medway looking dangerous in the scrums and from lineout-set mauls and then 'Bridge kicking the ball back following the inevitable knock-on running the ball back only to knock it on themselves.

'Bridge has the first chance to register points within only the first minute with Medway guilty of diving in off their feet over the first real ruck of the game; unfortunately the connection to the very wet ball was not great and it sliced wide.

Medway had their own shot a goal a quarter of an hour later and were dead on 3-0 the score and 'Bridge already forced into a change with Nick Tingley forced off with an ankle injury.

'Bridge sought to strike straight back though and were eventually able to unleash the dangerous running on Sam Tan who took a sluggish Medway defence by surprise. When he was eventually brought down Spike Smith was on hand to continue the mazy run for another 25 metres or so for the opening try of the match. The conversion followed the earlier penalty but the visitors now led 3-5.

Medway still sought to keep deploying their power play but time and gain they were stopped not only by weather induced errors but also by some sterling Edenbridge defence which improved phase on phase. With the game seemingly heading for stalemate, Medway eventually found a way to string together enough phases to register a score of their own way out wide in the corner.

With the score now at 8-5, 'Bridge found themselves reduced to 14 as with both substitutes used for injuries, Ben Weston also succumbed to his injuries and had to leave the field. Medway piled on the pressure for the remaining 9 minutes and came within a inch of scoring but for some last ditch heroics by Rob Mitchell, Sam Rickets and Dan Rowland who just did enough to keep Medway's handy Number 8 at bay leaving the full-time score at 8-5 to Medway.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Dan Rowland

Player of the Match

Dan Rowland

Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Medway IV
Try Spike Smith scores for Edenbridge I
Try Try for Medway IV


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80:00 Player of the Match
Dan Rowland is awarded player of the match for Edenbridge I
71:00 Sub On
Ben Weston is substituted on for Edenbridge I
46:00 Try 8 - 5
Try for Medway IV
End of period 1
34:00 Sub Off
Dominic Mitchell is substituted off for Edenbridge I
34:00 Sub On
Freddie Kiely is substituted on for Edenbridge I
19:00 Try 3 - 5
Spike Smith scores for Edenbridge I
16:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Medway IV
14:00 Sub Off
Nick Tingley is substituted off for Edenbridge I
14:00 Sub On
Pete Grenier is substituted on for Edenbridge I
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Medway IV
  • Edenbridge I
  • 0
  • Nick Tingley Sub Off 14:00'
  • Pete Grenier Sub On 14:00'
  • Penalty 16:00'
  • Spike Smith Try 19:00'
  • Dominic Mitchell Sub Off 34:00'
  • Freddie Kiely Sub On 34:00'
  • Try 46:00'
  • Ben Weston Sub On 71:00'

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League round up

Other Late Red 3 results

Ash I
Cranbrook II
Leigh I
Tunbridge Wells III
Ashford II

League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Whitstable II 22 59
7. Ash I 21 51
8. Edenbridge I 22 48
9. Leigh I 22 42
10. Gravesend III 22 41
11. Folkestone II 21 33
12. Tunbridge Wells III 20 24

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