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1st XV - Match centre

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C Yates, M Botterman (2)
C Yates (2)
C Yates (2)
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Bromley get bonus point win .....

Despite a great effort from the young Crowbrough side.

Match report by Rick Howe.

Crowborough travelled to fellow strugglers Bromley last Saturday, secure in the knowledge that only a bonus point win would do if relegation was to be avoided for another week.
Although it was a big ask, Crowborough started off confidently showing determination and character, taking the game to their naturally nervous opponents, who also needed a bonus point win to keep their hopes of survival in London League SE 2 alive.
Bromley were first on the score sheet with a well struck penalty, followed by a simple unconverted try when quick ruck ball was switched from open to blind, exploiting the absence of any effective Boro cover. 8-0
Chris Yates then kicked two penalties to keep the visitors in the match with half time approaching.8-6
As Bromley kicked long into the Boro 22, the attempted counter attack, without the presence of any retiring support was always going to be risky. And so it turned out, as the Bromley attack arrived in force, turning over possession that the mercurial centre then exploited, evading three attempted tackles before grounding the ball under the posts for a half time score 15-6.
The second half saw ‘Boro’s Yates and Matt Botterman finish off two excellent team tries in quick succession, with Yates converting one to put Crowborough in the lead. 15-18
The sides continued to trade scores, with neither able to draw clear of the other and put the game out of reach. First Bromley scored out wide but failed to convert, ( 20-18) before Matt Botterman finished off a brave move when ‘Boro,, eschewing the chance of three points went for the corner. From the lineout and drive Matt Botterman recorded his second and Boro’s third try as Chris Yates converted to put Boro back in front 20-25 and just minutes to go.
With Bromley once more on the attack they gave away a penalty on the Boro 22. With time running down and presumably in an attempt to catch the opposition napping, the quick tap was agonisingly knocked on and inevitably Boro’s attack was turned into defence as Bromley won the scrum and span the ball wide to score bringing the teams level at 25-25 with the kick to come, and injury time already being played. As the ball sored into the wind it was blown against the post, tumbling down onto the bar before agonisingly toppling over to take the score to 27-25.
The Crowborough kick off landed on the 10 metres line close to the touch and when Bromley transgressed it was left to Yates to attempt a long range kick to win the game. However fairly-tale endings are for books, and as the kick drifted wide in the gale force wind the referee brought the game to an end 27-25. Crowborough were so close to their bonus point win, and although a draw may have seemed a fairer result, they came away with nothing except the certainty of relegation to London League SE 3 next season.
Intriguingly, this bonus point win by Bromley (32 pts), combined with Deal’s ( 33pts) surprise victory over Heathfield (34 pts), now puts those three sides, plus Old Alleynians ( 33 pts), in contention for the remaining relegation spot, and with just two games to play it is probably too close to call !

Key moments

Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
Try Chris Yates scores for Crowborough
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough


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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Matthew Botterman is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Ben Searle is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
57:23 Conversion 0 - 25
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
56:53 Try 0 - 23
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
56:38 Try Assist
Ben Searle makes an assist for Crowborough
47:58 Conversion 0 - 18
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
47:24 Try 0 - 16
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
44:48 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
44:21 Try 0 - 11
Chris Yates scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
36:23 Penalty 0 - 6
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
23:45 Penalty 0 - 3
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
19:24 Sub Off
James Kirkland is substituted off for Crowborough
19:24 Sub On
Mark Rosier is substituted on for Crowborough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bromley
  • Crowborough
  • 0
  • James Kirkland Sub Off 19:24'
  • Mark Rosier Sub On 19:24'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 23:45'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 36:23'
  • Chris Yates Try 44:21'
  • Matthew Botterman Try 47:24'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 47:58'
  • Ben Searle Try Assist 56:38'
  • Matthew Botterman Try 56:53'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 57:23'
  • Matthew Botterman Player of the Match 80:00 +0:01'
  • Ben Searle Player of the Match 80:00 +0:01'

Team selection

Perry, Sam Perry, Sam
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
McMahon, Tom McMahon, Tom
Derrick, Liam Derrick, Liam
King, Adam King, Adam
Searle, Ben Searle, Ben
Yates, Chris Yates, Chris
Botterman, Matthew Botterman, Matthew
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Kirkland, James Kirkland, James
Harmon-Tatton, Michael Harmon-Tatton, Michael
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Hove 22 51
7. Horsham 22 47
8. Deal & Betteshanger 22 38
9. Heathfield & Waldron 22 36
10. Old Alleynians 22 36
11. Bromley 22 34
12. Crowborough 22 18

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