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Park House
Crowborough
Tries
A Orchard, C Hand, B Boast, N Hill
Conversions
C Yates (2)
Penalties
C Yates (2)
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time

Park, Come Out on Top

A difficult afternoon for the travelling Crow's, but never-the-less 2 valuable points gained from the encounter.

Match Report by Rick Howe.

It took fully eighty minutes for Crowborough’s pride and determination to kick in, and with the clock seconds away from turning red, Crowborough were awarded a penalty on their own 22 with one final chance to turn this four point game.
Earlier in the afternoon, Park House, who had had a dreadful start to their season, but clawed their way back up the league with some impressive recent results, stunned the visitors with a converted try within two minutes, when their impressive #7 taking quick ball exploited some poor central defensive alignment. 7-0
Crowborough then had their own chance of opening their account when Zeb Kisbee rounded the blind side of the scrum on the Park 22, and avoiding the referee, sidestepped the remaining defender, only for the referee to blow up for a ‘Boro scrum!
A second opportunity moments later saw Chris Yates enter the line taking the ball from Gary Stevens, and whilst straightening the line fed Tom Boddy, but Connor Hand overran the try scoring pass as the ball dribbled harmlessly into touch.
Incredibly only 10 minutes of the game had lapsed, when Andy Orchard eventually got ‘Boro onto the score sheet, when Bertie Boast broke left drawing in the back row defence before off-loading to the fast arriving Andy Orchard who sprinted the remaining fifteen metres to score under the posts, narrowing the deficit to 7-5. Unfortuately Chris Yate’s simple kick thundered off the posts but stayed out.7-5.
On 20 minutes, Park went further ahead when from a lineout five metres out from the ‘Boro line the tall Park jumpers secured the ball then proceeded to drive the normally solid ‘Boro unit back over their line for an unconverted try 12-5
From the kick off Alex Purnell who was having an excellent afternoon leading from the front, latched onto a loose ball setting up a ruck on the Park 10 metre line. Zeb Kisbee secured quick ball that was transferred by Bertie Boast to Chris Yates and Tom Boddy before Connor Hand managed a finger tipped catch to secure the ball before going over to score an unconverted try 12-10.
For the first time Crowborough got their noses in front with two Chris Yates penalties that took the half time score to 12-16.
Immediately after the break Park House came straight back regaining the advantage with another unconverted try down the right hand side that exploited an absence of defenders in the 15 metre channel.17-16
The see-sawing scores continued with a well taken Bertie Boast try, who exploited a gap in the 10/12 channel to score under the posts with Chris Yates adding the two points. 17-23
However ‘Boro just could not capitalise on their advantage and extend the margin beyond the two scores that were needed to kill of the Park spirited resistance, and once more the outside defence was exposed allowing the prop to crash over for the unconverted try. 22-23
With 15 minutes to go the Park number eight who received several minutes of treatment for a leg injury, was able to be part of the next score, sprinting to take the final pass although to many spectators eyes the ball appeared to be dropped in the act of scoring, however the referee, having considered it for a moment, then awarded the try that was successfully converted.29-23
Once more six points behind and the clock running down Crowborough transgressed on the Park 10 mtr line and the clearance went long finishing on the ‘Boro 5 mtr line. From the lineout Park took the catch and in a déjà vu moment, proceeded to drive the ‘Boro pack over the line for an unconverted try, taking ‘Boro out of losing bonus point territory and less than 5 minutes remaining. 34-23
Once more ‘Boro attacked deep into Park territory and keeping the ball alive the pack recycled the ball forcing the Park defence to back-peddle, and just when it looked as if the onslaught had been stemmed Nick Hill powered through to score the fourth and bonus point try on the line which Chris Yates converted to take the score to 34-30.
From the kick off an anxious Park side transgressed .The referee indicated that time was almost up. Knowing that a lineout would be a lottery, a quick tap penalty was taken and the ball spun wide. As the move broke down the clock ran into the red and another penalty awarded. Unable to go for touch, and a shot at goal not being enough, ‘Boro once more took a quick tap and drove over the 22, and with several pick and drives approached the Park 5 metre line. If there was any justice this would have had a happy ending as a reward for effort. However ‘Boro transgressed and the resulting penalty brought the game to an end at 34-30 with ‘Boro picking up two bonus points.
A win this week could have put ‘Boro in 6th place on 52 points , but instead Crowborough finish this week in 7th position on 49 points, and by virtue of their win, Park House now climb to 8th just 1 point behind ‘Boro. Crowborough simply must gain positive results in their remaining three matches. Three wins could see them challenging for a top four spot , conversely three losses could see them flirting with the basement.

Alex Purnell

Player of the Match

Alex Purnell

Key moments

10:23
Try Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
13:23
Try Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
28:37
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
34:56
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
54:12
Try Bertie Boast scores for Crowborough
54:32
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
68:32
Try Nick Hill scores for Crowborough
69:10
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Alex Purnell is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
69:10 Conversion 0 - 30
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
68:32 Try 0 - 28
Nick Hill scores for Crowborough
54:32 Conversion 0 - 23
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
54:12 Try 0 - 21
Bertie Boast scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
34:56 Penalty 0 - 16
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
28:37 Penalty 0 - 13
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
14:53 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
13:23 Try 0 - 10
Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
11:32 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
10:23 Try 0 - 5
Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
10:12 Try Assist
Bertie Boast makes an assist for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Park House
  • Crowborough
  • 0
  • Bertie Boast Try Assist 10:12'
  • Andy Orchard Try 10:23'
  • Connor Hand Try 13:23'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 28:37'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 34:56'
  • Bertie Boast Try 54:12'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 54:32'
  • Nick Hill Try 68:32'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 69:10'

Team selection

Yates, Chris Yates, Chris
Perry, Sam Perry, Sam
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
Kisbee, Zeb Kisbee, Zeb
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Creasy, William Creasy, William
Hayes, Damien Hayes, Damien
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark
Edwards, Sam Edwards, Sam
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

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# 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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