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1st XV - Match centre

Crowborough
Hastings & Bexhill
C Main, T West, T Boddy
Tries
S Kisbee
Conversions
Penalty Try
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time Attendance 150

Borough Remain on Top.....

Despite some very tough conditions !!

Match Report from Rick Howe.
Summer turned to winter in the space of just 24 hours, and as temperatures plummeted to 14 degrees accompanied by a bitter wind and pouring rain, proper rugby resumed, as Crowborough welcomed Hastings & Bexhill to Steel Cross.
This season ‘Boro have developed a much more direct and supportive form of rugby, based on a fit, dominant pack, backed by an expansive back line.
With the pack piling on the pressure, Hastings coughed up several un-kickable penalties in the first ten minutes before points were added to the score board. The first came from Callum Main, following a long period of ‘Boro pressure.
In previous games frustration would have ruined the opportunity, but with the coaches urging patience the pack slowly but inexorably, drove the bigger Hastings outfit over their line for Callum Main to pick up and dot the ball over the line for a Sam Kisbee converted try. 7-0
Seven minutes later, with ‘Boro dominating the close exchanges, Tom West broke from the back of the maul, only to be uncompromisingly flattened by Hastings flanker Jack James. Like a rubber ball he bounced back to his feet saw a gap and the try line some 60 metres away, and in a fleeting moment he was gone, leaving the defence and his team mates trailing behind as he scored in the corner. 12-0
With half time approaching Tom West was once more in the action as Hastings, attacking into ‘Boro territory, had the ball dislodged. Tom West collected the loose ball and placed a long raking kick deep into the Hastings half. As the ball bounced towards the touchline, it decided to rebound in-field just as Tom Boddy arrived, and putting a final tap to the ball, he followed up to touch down in the corner for an unconverted try taking the half time score to 17-0.
Hastings came out in the second half full of determination to redress the score line and for much of the half put the home side under pressure. However the ‘Boro defence held firm and with fifteen minutes of the half left, and with the visitors visibly tiring, the Crowborough pack drove over the line, but Hastings collapsed the maul leaving the official with no option but to award a penalty try taking ‘Boro into bonus point territory with a score of 24-0.
This is where the score should have stayed but for a lapse of concentration in the backs that saw Hastings deservedly pull back a score through winger Tim Sills who ran in unopposed to bring the game to an end at 24-5.
This win keeps Crowborough top of the table, just one point ahead of Old Dunstonians, but with yet another week of high scores there is still no indication as to how the season is likely to pan out for anyone in this highly competitive league. Next week is cup competition week, and with ‘Boro sitting that out, their next league action will be against Bromley away on 14th Oct.
In a tightly contested game Crowborough 2’s were narrowly beaten 5-10 by East Grinstead 2’s whilst the Crows ran out 40-0 winners away to Mid Sussex Barbarians due the Away walkover ruling.

Tom West

Player of the Match

Tom West

Key moments

12:39
Try Callum Main scores for Crowborough
13:41
Conversion Sam Kisbee kicks a conversion for Crowborough
22:26
Try Tom West scores for Crowborough
38:34
Try Tom Boddy scores for Crowborough

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Tom West is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
68:13 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Crowborough
66:01 Sub Off
James Kirkland is substituted off for Crowborough
62:18 Yellow Card
Callum Main is yellow carded for Crowborough
58:12 Sub Off
Mark Rosier is substituted off for Crowborough
58:12 Sub On
James Kirkland is substituted on for Crowborough
58:12 Sub On
James Kirkland is substituted on for Crowborough
End of period 1
39:24 Missed Conversion
Sam Kisbee misses a conversion for Crowborough
38:34 Try 17 - 0
Tom Boddy scores for Crowborough
23:15 Missed Conversion
Sam Kisbee misses a conversion for Crowborough
22:26 Try 12 - 0
Tom West scores for Crowborough
18:22 Yellow Card
Harry Slatter is yellow carded for Crowborough
13:41 Conversion 7 - 0
Sam Kisbee kicks a conversion for Crowborough
12:39 Try 5 - 0
Callum Main scores for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Crowborough
  • Hastings & Bexhill
  • 0
  • Callum Main Try 12:39'
  • Sam Kisbee Conversion 13:41'
  • Harry Slatter Yellow Card 18:22'
  • Tom West Try 22:26'
  • Tom Boddy Try 38:34'
  • Mark Rosier Sub Off 58:12'
  • James Kirkland Sub On 58:12'
  • James Kirkland Sub On 58:12'
  • Callum Main Yellow Card 62:18'
  • James Kirkland Sub Off 66:01'
  • Penalty Try 68:13'

Team selection

Taylor, Richard Taylor, Richard
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
King, Adam King, Adam
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Kisbee, Sam Kisbee, Sam
West, Tom West, Tom
Purnell, Freddie Purnell, Freddie
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Groocock, Joshua Groocock, Joshua
Orchard, Andy Orchard, Andy
Slatter, Harry Slatter, Harry
Rosier, Mark Rosier, Mark
Purnell, Alex Purnell, Alex
Tasker, Richard Tasker, Richard

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Crowborough 11 46
2. Beccehamian 11 39
3. Vigo 11 36
4. Pulborough 11 36
5. Old Williamsonians 11 35
6. Old Dunstonians 11 35
7. Lewes 11 28

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