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1st XV - Match centre

Crowborough
Park House
M Botterman, D Hayes, G Stevens, W Creasy, R Tasker
Full time
C Yates (2)
C Yates
Sat 25 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East

A much improved performance gets Borough all 5 points.

And a defensive master class, keeps `Park House` at bay.

Match Report by Rick Howe.

Our Referee this afternoon was Mr Paul Shepperd.

The positive performance that ‘Boro have threatened, but frustratingly failed to deliver this season, finally materialised last weekend, ironically in front of the season’s smallest, but appreciative crowd .
Within seconds of the kick-off Park House were awarded, (what must qualify for the quickest penalty of the season), which they failed to capitalise on, and just moments later, in what was to become a helter skelter of a match, Crowborough were returning to the centre having opened their own account with a well taken try set up by a 50 metre break from Gary Stevens, who was brought down short of the line. From the resultant ruck ‘Boro drove over the line with Matt Botterman taking the unconverted score. 5-0
Park House, through their impressive young #9 and #2 put pressure on the ‘Boro backs with some excellent passing and well timed runs but the ‘Boro defence, led by man of the match Callum Main, manned up, repelled the advance and overturned the ball.
Out of defence ‘Boro cleared their line, and were soon on the attack in the Park 22, and from a scrum the ‘Boro pack drove fifteen metres over the line with Damien Hayes claiming the try but the conversion went wide.10-0
Chris Yates put more space between the sides with a simple penalty before Gary Stevens turned a Park House attack into a ‘Boro score, with a well timed but juggled interception on his own 22, and out-stripping the cover defence scoring under the posts for a Chris Yates converted try. 20-0 HT
Soon after the re-start, ‘Boro put this contest to bed with a well worked fourth bonus point try , when from a lineout deep in the park 22, Damien Hayes tapped to Tom West who fed Tom McMahon on the charge. Tom McMahon evaded three tackles before being brought down 5 metres out , but the pack quickly secured the ball and Tom West flipped it to the fast arriving Richard Tasker who crashed over for the unconverted try. 25-0
With Park suffering injuries throughout the match they were reduced to 14 men but not before Will Creasey, on for Damien Hayes, taking a short pass and with a surprising turn of aggressive pace, stormed through three tackles before gratefully crossing the line for the final try that Chris Yates converted to bring the game to an end. The Final Score being 32-0 to Boro’.

Cro XV vs Parkhouse 25-11-17
29 photos

This win keeps ‘Boro in 9th place with 23 points, level with their next opponents Folkestone in 8th, one behind Hastings in 7th, two behind Old Williamsonians in 6th, with just 6 points separating 5th placed Lewes and 9th. With such a tight grouping and all sides playing one of the others in that grouping in the next fixture, it is essential that ‘Boro produce a similar performance to this one, whilst avoiding those periods of indecision and hesitation that stems momentum and in this match could have produced two more scores.
After such a positive performance, and with players returning, the normal selection headache over availability, could become a migraine.

Callum Main

Player of the Match

Callum Main

Key moments

5:40
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
12:34
Try Damien Hayes scores for Crowborough
26:52
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
33:12
Try Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
34:14
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
44:00
Try Richard Tasker scores for Crowborough
68:34
Try William Creasy scores for Crowborough
69:32
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough

Videos and photos

Cro XV vs Parkhouse 25-11-17
29 photos

Highlights

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Callum Main is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
69:32 Conversion 32 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
68:34 Try 30 - 0
William Creasy scores for Crowborough
58:13 Sub Off
Harry Slatter is substituted off for Crowborough
58:13 Sub On
Charlie Butler is substituted on for Crowborough
58:13 Sub On
Ollie Jude-Trailor is substituted on for Crowborough
58:13 Sub Off
Connor Hand is substituted off for Crowborough
45:12 Sub On
William Creasy is substituted on for Crowborough
45:12 Sub Off
Damien Hayes is substituted off for Crowborough
44:28 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
44:00 Try 25 - 0
Richard Tasker scores for Crowborough
43:56 Try Assist
Tom West makes an assist for Crowborough
End of period 1
34:14 Conversion 20 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
33:12 Try 18 - 0
Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
26:52 Penalty 13 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
13:13 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
12:34 Try 10 - 0
Damien Hayes scores for Crowborough
6:26 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
5:40 Try 5 - 0
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Park House
  • 0
  • Matthew Botterman Try 5:40'
  • Damien Hayes Try 12:34'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 26:52'
  • Gary Stevens Try 33:12'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 34:14'
  • Tom West Try Assist 43:56'
  • Richard Tasker Try 44:00'
  • Damien Hayes Sub Off 45:12'
  • William Creasy Sub On 45:12'
  • Connor Hand Sub Off 58:13'
  • Charlie Butler Sub On 58:13'
  • Harry Slatter Sub Off 58:13'
  • Ollie Jude-Trailor Sub On 58:13'
  • William Creasy Try 68:34'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 69:32'

Team selection

Perry, Sam Perry, Sam
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
McMahon, Tom McMahon, Tom
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Yates, Chris Yates, Chris
West, Tom West, Tom
Botterman, Matthew Botterman, Matthew
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Kirkland, James Kirkland, James
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Old Williamsonians 12 31
7. Hastings & Bexhill 12 30
8. Crowborough 12 28
9. Folkestone 12 28
10. Park House 12 21
11. Sheppey 12 5
12. Crawley 12 2

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