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1st XV - Match centre

A Orchard, A Purnell
Full time
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Attendance 100

The Crow's Dug Deep in some Testing Conditions

Revenge is always sweet against Lewes !

Our Referee today was Mr Simon Bingham - From Kent

Match Report by Rick Howe,

This was a club victory, based upon the sterling efforts of the ground staff, and Friday Club volunteers, who provided a pitch capable of hosting this fixture, to the eighteen players, who having not played for almost three weeks, came into this match with an energy and determination, that was sadly lacking in the first half of the season.
Aiming to reverse the lacklustre result of the first fixture in November, Crowborough were immediately faced with a rampant Lewes side who were keen to ask questions of the ‘Boro defence. The attack drove at pace into the heart of the ‘Boro pack, but the defenders led by an unstoppable Callum Main who soon answered those questions with decisive and robust tackles that stopped the Lewes attack in it’s tracks, rocking the Lewes ball carriers back on their heels.
For the first quarter Lewes hardly crossed the halfway line, whilst Crowborough pressured the Lewes defence in their own 22, but failed to cross the line. It was left to Connor Hand, playing in what can best be described as a roaming #15, to pop up in the #12 channel following a scrum on the five metre line, and place a cross field kick in front of flanker Andy Orchard, himself playing in an unfamiliar role at #14 , who with the composure of the practised winger, collected the ball and side stepping his opposite number crossed over to score in the corner. Sam Kisbee’s conversion attempt glanced off the left upright 5-0.
Crowborough piled on the pressure for the rest of the half with the pack dominating the tight, often electing for scrums when penalties were awarded. From one such scrum the pack drove the Lewes eight towards their line before it mysteriously collapsed. From the reset ‘Boro again drove the hapless Lewes pack towards their line where Alex Purnell broke from the back to score out wide. The conversion was just pulled wide. 10-0 HT
The second half opened with a Lewes penalty taking the score to 10-3 leaving the game finely balanced with just a converted try in it. Lewes seemed to find renewed vigour running every bit of possession out wide, but ‘Boro’s unfamiliar back line were soon to prove a match, and tackled everything that moved, as the game moved into a stalemate phase.
With ten minutes of the match remaining, Crowborough, having absorbed everything that Lewes could throw at them, regained the initiative, and only some excellent defensive work on the line, prevented ‘Boro from extending their lead. 10-3 FT
With this weekend ( 17th March ) being the final round of the Six Nations, it seems strange, when all are trying to encourage more participation in the game, that the previous weeks postponed game against Thanet Wanderers, must be played at the same time, rather than re-scheduled for the 31st March free weekend.

Cro XV vs Lewes home 10 March 2018
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Callum Main

Player of the Match

Callum Main

Key moments

Try Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough

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Cro XV vs Lewes home 10 March 2018
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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Callum Main is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
72:45 Sub Off
Harry Slatter is substituted off for Crowborough
72:45 Sub On
James Crouch is substituted on for Crowborough
68:13 Sub Off
Bertie Boast is substituted off for Crowborough
68:13 Sub On
Freddie Piper is substituted on for Crowborough
58:14 Sub Off
William Creasy is substituted off for Crowborough
58:14 Sub On
Nick Hill is substituted on for Crowborough
End of period 1
30:25 Missed Conversion
Sam Kisbee misses a conversion for Crowborough
28:04 Try 10 - 0
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
17:43 Missed Conversion
Sam Kisbee misses a conversion for Crowborough
16:42 Try 5 - 0
Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
16:38 Try Assist
Connor Hand makes an assist for Crowborough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Lewes
  • 0
  • Connor Hand Try Assist 16:38'
  • Andy Orchard Try 16:42'
  • Alex Purnell Try 28:04'
  • William Creasy Sub Off 58:14'
  • Nick Hill Sub On 58:14'
  • Bertie Boast Sub Off 68:13'
  • Freddie Piper Sub On 68:13'
  • Harry Slatter Sub Off 72:45'
  • James Crouch Sub On 72:45'

Team selection

Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Lafferty, Luke Lafferty, Luke
Kisbee, Sam Kisbee, Sam
West, Tom West, Tom
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Creasy, William Creasy, William
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark
Edwards, Sam Edwards, Sam
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Aylesford Bulls 18 77
2. Thanet Wanderers 18 74
3. Old Dunstonians 18 59
4. Bromley 18 53
5. Crowborough 18 47
6. Old Williamsonians 18 46
7. Lewes 18 45

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