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1st XV - Match centre

Aylesford Bulls
C Main, D Moore
G Stevens (2)
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time Attendance 120

The Game of Two Half's !

0 - 21 , Down at the break to come back without conceding was a great achievement by the boys......

Match Report By Rick Howe.

Our Referee today was Andy Phillips from Sussex.

With an emphatic win the previous week, Crowborough could have been expected to build on that momentum with another winning performance, that would define the direction of their season.
As it turned out ‘Boro were once again architects of their own downfall, with a further eight player changes from the previous week, and a total of 20 squad members unavailable for selection, for a myriad of reasons.
It was much to the credit of the coaching team, as well as their generally young and often inexperienced charges, that they not only held their opponents to within 7 points and a bonus point loss, but could and perhaps should have won this contest, tying up the match as early as the first twenty minutes.
Several well directed ‘Boro attacks were well defended, with some desperate but effective last ditch tackles on the line, and indeed, from one such attack a loose pass was intercepted 10 metres out by the Bulls #10, who with the ‘Boro back three committed to the attack, sprinted unchallenged the length of the field to score under the posts for a simple converted try, much against the run of play. 0-7
This score had two immediate effects, firstly giving the visitors the confidence to back themselves and attack out of defence, while ‘Boro pressed even harder to even the score, with the risk of leaving gaps in their final line of defence. Ultimately ‘Boro would rue not taking advantage of all this first half pressure.
In a déjà vu moment another ‘Boro attack broke down, and the ball cleared up-field allowing the Bulls to make one of their rare visits into the ‘Boro 22, and from a well worked maul they again crossed the line to record a second converted try. 0-14
With half time approaching and ‘Boro still unable to break down the Bulls defence, careless alignment again allowed a third score created and finished by their forwards. The half-time scoring finishing at 0-21.
In this typical “game of two halves”, the ‘Boro coaching team led by player coach Dan Moore, who was having a stella game at #9, rallied the team to greater effort typified by a man of the match performance by Andy Orchard. It was much to their collective credit that the Bulls were prevented from crossing the ‘Boro line again, whilst Boro were able to create two well- constructed scores firstly through Callum Main, and finally with ‘Boro now on a roll, a well taken try by Dan Moore that followed a great forward drive over the line which Moore touched down, both being well converted by Gary Stevens from the touchline 14-21, as the referee blew for full time.

CRFC 1st XV  v Aylesford Bulls 30  September 2017
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It is now hoped that the seemingly unending parade of injuries and un-availabilities will soon be at an end, and that the squad will now be able to unite behind the shirt, competing for places and putting together the results which a full ‘Boro side is more than capable of.
Next week Crowborough are away to high flying Hastings.

Andy Orchard

Player of the Match

Andy Orchard

Key moments

Try Callum Main scores for Crowborough
Conversion Gary Stevens kicks a conversion for Crowborough
Try Dan Moore scores for Crowborough
Conversion Gary Stevens kicks a conversion for Crowborough

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Andy Orchard is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
79:15 Conversion 14 - 0
Gary Stevens kicks a conversion for Crowborough
78:38 Try 12 - 0
Dan Moore scores for Crowborough
70:12 Conversion 7 - 0
Gary Stevens kicks a conversion for Crowborough
69:23 Try 5 - 0
Callum Main scores for Crowborough
62:26 Yellow Card
James Kirkland is yellow carded for Crowborough
End of period 1
12:15 Missed Penalty
Gary Stevens misses a penalty for Crowborough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Aylesford Bulls
  • 0
  • James Kirkland Yellow Card 62:26'
  • Callum Main Try 69:23'
  • Gary Stevens Conversion 70:12'
  • Dan Moore Try 78:38'
  • Gary Stevens Conversion 79:15'

Team selection

Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Reed, Téo Reed, Téo
McMahon, Tom McMahon, Tom
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Reed, Sébastien Reed, Sébastien
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
Moore, Dan Moore, Dan
Stanton, Charlie Stanton, Charlie
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Kirkland, James Kirkland, James
Harmon-Tatton, Michael Harmon-Tatton, Michael
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

League round up

League table

# 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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