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Old Williamsonians
W Creasy, T West, A Main
C Yates (2)
C Yates
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time

Yet Another Close Encounter


That went the way of the Old Willies, deep into stoppage time.

Match Report By Rick Howe.

Crowborough’s roller coaster ride in SE3 continued yesterday. With the score finely balanced at 19-22 the referee awarded a penalty to OW’s indicating that these would be the final plays. Faced with the dilemma of a risky kick, to at best draw or face a loss, OW’s elected to kick for touch and use their pack in one final effort from the lineout.
Sixty nine minutes earlier OW’s attacked up the hill, and their speedy left wing rounded Connor Hand who was left clawing at the empty space. The conversion rattled the bar but registered the home side’s intention to attack at every opportunity.
Crowborough, with a changed line up from the previous week, made it difficult for their hosts with some exceptional defensive work, waiting for OW’s to make the mistakes that they could ultimately capitalise on.
This came on the twenty minute mark when the ‘Boro pack seized on a loose ball, and as it was recycled Will Creasey emerged from the back of the maul, to see the line twenty-five metres away. Blasting through two attempted tackles with his high knee action and brushing off the un-wanted attention of the full back, he crossed the line still looking to off-load before grounding the ball, for a Chris Yates converted try. 5-7
Moments later Tom West exploited the left side of the scrum, avoiding the back row and covering wing to crash over for another Chris Yates converted try. 5-14.
On a roll once more , and needing another score before half time to kill off any lingering resistance, Crowborough proceeded to re-enact a scene from an Ealing Studio farce with several unnecessary pieces of play that allowed the home side back into the match.
Firstly a speculative attacking kick, crossed the ‘Boro try line, and with no follow up there were several options, the least likely of which would be to put the ball down. From the restart the options again were varied, the least of which would have been a quick tap and pass. The pass, however was received and run out of defence, at which point it appeared that trouble had been averted, until an unnecessary kick forward rebounded off the defender fully thirty metres back towards the ‘Boro 22, where it was retrieved and a secondary attack with a two man overlap was looking a definite possibility, until the first delayed pass found a lurking OW defender, who could not believe his luck as he strode in to score under the posts for a converted try, taking the half time score to 12-14 and allowing the hosts back into the match.
Soon after play resumed, Crowborough were once more on the score sheet when Bertie Boast placed a well weighted kick between the centre pairing, with both he and Ali Main giving chase. There was a vague suspicion of a knock on but if a TMO had been present he would have concluded that the knock on was in fact a knock back by the defender that went over the line for Ali Main to ground. The kick was pulled wide. 12-19.
During the season when Crowborough have contested close games they have often been the architects of their own demise, and the remaining 10 minutes of this match was to be no different. Firstly Ali Main left the field with a torn ham string, and as the backs were reorganising, OW’s attacked down the right wing when a reckless high tackle on the player about to score saw the referee award a penalty try and Bertie Boast a yellow card. 19-19
Chris Yates brought a moment of relief to the team with a weird penalty kick that flew for 35 metres, never getting more than a couple of inches above the bar height. 19-22
The remaining minutes, with a decimated back line, had to be controlled nine man rugby, preferably played in the opposition half. However ‘Boro had been up against one of the bigger packs they had come across all season and getting hold of suitable ball to clear up field was proving difficult, so when ‘Boro transgressed on their own 22 out wide on the right with just moments to go, OW were left with the unenviable choice of whether to go for goal and draw the match or for the try to win it.
The OW lineout was won, and their adrenaline boosted drive, drove the ‘Boro eight over the line for the brave score that was unconverted. 24-22.

Gary Stevens

Player of the Match

Gary Stevens

Key moments

Try William Creasy scores for Crowborough
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
Try Tom West scores for Crowborough
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
Try Alistair Main scores for Crowborough
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough

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80:00 Player of the Match
Gary Stevens is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
78:23 Penalty 0 - 22
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
70:11 Sub Off
Alistair Main is substituted off for Crowborough
70:11 Sub On
William Creasy is substituted on for Crowborough
69:48 Yellow Card
Bertie Boast is yellow carded for Crowborough
69:15 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
68:37 Try 0 - 19
Alistair Main scores for Crowborough
68:34 Try Assist
Bertie Boast makes an assist for Crowborough
57:45 Sub Off
William Creasy is substituted off for Crowborough
57:45 Sub On
Andy Orchard is substituted on for Crowborough
57:45 Sub On
Sam Edwards is substituted on for Crowborough
57:45 Sub Off
Damien Hayes is substituted off for Crowborough
End of period 1
34:37 Missed Penalty
Chris Yates misses a penalty for Crowborough
25:48 Conversion 0 - 14
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
24:15 Try 0 - 12
Tom West scores for Crowborough
21:34 Conversion 0 - 7
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
20:44 Try 0 - 5
William Creasy scores for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Old Williamsonians
  • Crowborough
  • 0
  • William Creasy Try 20:44'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 21:34'
  • Tom West Try 24:15'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 25:48'
  • Damien Hayes Sub Off 57:45'
  • Sam Edwards Sub On 57:45'
  • William Creasy Sub Off 57:45'
  • Andy Orchard Sub On 57:45'
  • Bertie Boast Try Assist 68:34'
  • Alistair Main Try 68:37'
  • Bertie Boast Yellow Card 69:48'
  • Alistair Main Sub Off 70:11'
  • William Creasy Sub On 70:11'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 78:23'

Team selection

Yates, Chris Yates, Chris
Reed, Sébastien Reed, Sébastien
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Main, Alistair Main, Alistair
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
West, Tom West, Tom
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Creasy, William Creasy, William
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Kirkland, James Kirkland, James
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Aylesford Bulls 22 97
2. Thanet Wanderers 22 89
3. Bromley 22 69
4. Old Williamsonians 22 66
5. Old Dunstonians 22 64
6. Crowborough 22 56
7. Lewes 22 55

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