1st XV - Match centre

Crowborough
Charlton Park
B Searle, G Stevens
Full time
C Yates
C Yates
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

The Tail of Two Halves ....

See's Charlton Park take all the points.

On the penultimate weekend of the season, Crowborough welcomed promotion chasing Charlton Park to Steel Cross, hoping to give a better account of themselves, than in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season when Crowborough lost 76-7.
Chris Yates opened the scoring with a well taken penalty, and for thirty five minutes that remained the score as both sides contested what in fairness was a fairly scrappy affair, with dropped balls and misdirected passes preventing the lines from being crossed. Then, with half time approaching the game suddenly came alive, as Park found space to stroll in a try next to the posts that amazingly went unconverted. 3-5
From the restart a ruck was formed on halfway and when the ball popped out it was Ben Searle who dummied to the open, before scampering around the blind side and outstripped the cover to score a well taken try out wide. The kick by Chris Yates just fell short. 8-5
With seconds to go before half time Park again exploited some sloppy defending to score a converted try taking the half time score to 8-12.
The second half was more predictable as Park got their act together and once Ben Searle left the field with an injured shoulder, the scores flowed with Park’s excellent #9 exploiting the space vacated by Searle, contributing 15 of the additional 38 points, to Crowborough’s 7, the latter courtesy of a Gary Steven’s try and Yates’s conversion. 15-50.
Despite this bonus point win, Park’s promotion hopes will depend upon results elsewhere. In a strange quirk of fates, all eyes will be focused on the outcome at Bromley next week with the result having an impact on both ends of the table.
Despite Medway’s defeat of Dartfordians, the runners up spot is Old Colfeians to lose, and at the basement level of the table, barring a miracle at Bromley, the home side looks set to join ‘Boro in London League Div 3 next season.

Key moments

9:45
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
37:10
Try Ben Searle scores for Crowborough
70:34
Try Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
71:16
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough

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Cro XV vs Charlton Park- April 2017
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Searle is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
71:16 Conversion 15 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
70:34 Try 13 - 0
Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
37:45 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
37:10 Try 8 - 0
Ben Searle scores for Crowborough
9:45 Penalty 3 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Charlton Park
  • 0
  • Chris Yates Penalty 9:45'
  • Ben Searle Try 37:10'
  • Gary Stevens Try 70:34'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 71:16'
  • Ben Searle Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Perry, Sam Perry, Sam
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
McMahon, Tom McMahon, Tom
King, Adam King, Adam
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
Searle, Ben Searle, Ben
Yates, Chris Yates, Chris
Botterman, Matthew Botterman, Matthew
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Horsfall-Turner, Rob Horsfall-Turner, Rob
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

League round up

Other London 2 South East results

Medway
19
15
Old Colfeians
33
17

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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