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1st XV - Match centre

Crowborough
Folkestone
A Main, B Boast, R Tasker, G Stevens (2), A Purnell
Tries
C Yates (2)
Conversions
C Yates (2)
Penalties
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time

Crow's Secure London South East Three Rugby For Next Season

After a difficult season of high's and low's Crowborough's Young side secure their position in the London League's, After a convening Win Over Folkestone at Steel Cross.

Match Report by Rick Howe.

Our Referee in the middle today was Mr Jordon Davies.

Crowborough have played Jeckell and Hyde rugby all season, with 8 bonus try points testimony to their ability to attack, but bizarrely earning 5 losing bonus points that could so easily have been winning positions. Had those losing positions been reversed then Crowborough would potentially have been challenging for a top three position, rather than finding themselves, as they were yesterday, fighting for survival against fellow strugglers Folkestone, in what was in effect to be a ten point game.
Head Coach, Dan Moore and his team, were able for the first time, to select a preferred 18, with the intent of reversing the appalling drubbing that ‘Boro received earlier in the season at the hands of their visitors.
With so much riding on the outcome it was not too surprising that after 20 minutes the score remained at 0-0, as both sides tested each other, neither wanting to make the fatal mistake.
As the end of the first quarter approached ‘Boro’s tight forward game, that had committed the Stones back row, suddenly opened up as Sam Kisbee slung out a long lateral pass to Gary Stevens, who committed his opposite number before cutting out Callum Main with a pass to Bertie Boast, lurking on the wing. With thirty metres to go Bertie Boast pulled wide, and as the cover came across put an inside pass to the fast arriving Ali Main who crashed over in the corner for a Chris Yates converted try 7-0.
With the nervousness banished, Crowborough were immediately on the attack from the kick off, and in the blink of an eye Folkestone were once more lining up behind their posts as Chris Yates, having orchestrated the score with a sublime show and go, attempted the conversion of Bertie Boast’s try, but this one rattled the upright and stayed out.12-0
In a similar move moments later, Sam Kisbee freed Ali Main to burst through, but he was brought down short of the line. Folkestone amassed their defence well, and it required several pick and drive attempts before Richard Tasker finally pealed from the back of the maul to score an unconverted try. 17-0
With Crowborough in the accendancy and in confident mood, it only took a moments lapse of concentration when, against the run of play, a sliced clearance from Chris Yates was charged down by Folkestone’s Callum Palmieri and collected by captain John Eustace who simply walked in under the posts for a converted score. This brought ‘Boro back to earth with a jolt, and with just minutes of the half remaining, only 10 points now separated the sides.
Sensible decision making gave two more Chris Yates penalties attempts, which were both successful kicked and this gave the home side a 16 point half time margin at 23-7.
Needing all the scores that they could get to maintain the gap between the chasing sides below them, ‘Boro secured their bonus point fourth try within moments of the restart, when Gary Stevens finished off a well worked break by Ali Main. The kick out wide was pulled. 28-7
Crowborough now had the luxury of calling on Damien Hayes and Will Creasy from the bench, and with fresh legs immediately set about destroying the resolute Folkestone defence. With the ‘Boro back row of Alex Purnell , Callum Main and Matt Eyres hitting the loose as a trio and at pace, Crowborough were controlling possession from a visibly frustrated Folkestone pack.
Two more scores from captain Alex Purnell, and a Chris Yates converted try by Gary Stevens killed off any lingering resistance bringing the game to an end 40-7.
By courtesy of Hastings’s defeat of Lewes, Boro slot into sixth place in the League with two games to play, and with this team selection and developing attitude, together with Bromley’s defeat of Thanet, eight more points are not out of the question. There is still much for the travelling faithful to shout about.

Cro XV vs Folkestone - Home 7th April 2018
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Alex Purnell

Player of the Match

Alex Purnell

Key moments

20:03
Try Alistair Main scores for Crowborough
21:34
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
30:28
Try Bertie Boast scores for Crowborough
35:03
Try Richard Tasker scores for Crowborough
37:23
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
39:15
Penalty Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
48:48
Try Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
63:13
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
72:43
Try Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
73:56
Conversion Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough

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Highlights

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Alex Purnell is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
79:38 Yellow Card
Damien Hayes is yellow carded for Crowborough
73:56 Conversion 40 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
72:43 Try 38 - 0
Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
63:59 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
63:13 Try 33 - 0
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
62:23 Sub On
Sam Perry is substituted on for Crowborough
62:23 Sub Off
Tom Boddy is substituted off for Crowborough
61:17 Yellow Card
Mark Rosier is yellow carded for Crowborough
54:17 Sub On
William Creasy is substituted on for Crowborough
54:17 Sub On
Damien Hayes is substituted on for Crowborough
54:17 Sub Off
Harry Slatter is substituted off for Crowborough
54:17 Sub Off
James Kirkland is substituted off for Crowborough
49:52 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
48:48 Try 28 - 0
Gary Stevens scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
39:15 Penalty 23 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
37:23 Penalty 20 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a penalty for Crowborough
35:58 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
35:03 Try 17 - 0
Richard Tasker scores for Crowborough
31:23 Missed Conversion
Chris Yates misses a conversion for Crowborough
30:28 Try 12 - 0
Bertie Boast scores for Crowborough
21:34 Conversion 7 - 0
Chris Yates kicks a conversion for Crowborough
20:03 Try 5 - 0
Alistair Main scores for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Folkestone
  • 0
  • Alistair Main Try 20:03'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 21:34'
  • Bertie Boast Try 30:28'
  • Richard Tasker Try 35:03'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 37:23'
  • Chris Yates Penalty 39:15'
  • Gary Stevens Try 48:48'
  • James Kirkland Sub Off 54:17'
  • Damien Hayes Sub On 54:17'
  • Harry Slatter Sub Off 54:17'
  • William Creasy Sub On 54:17'
  • Mark Rosier Yellow Card 61:17'
  • Tom Boddy Sub Off 62:23'
  • Sam Perry Sub On 62:23'
  • Alex Purnell Try 63:13'
  • Gary Stevens Try 72:43'
  • Chris Yates Conversion 73:56'
  • Damien Hayes Yellow Card 79:38'

Team selection

Yates, Chris Yates, Chris
Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Main, Alistair Main, Alistair
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Kisbee, Sam Kisbee, Sam
West, Tom West, Tom
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Eyres, Matty Eyres, Matty
Hill, Nick Hill, Nick
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Kirkland, James Kirkland, James
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

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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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