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1st XV - Match centre

Hellingly
Crowborough
Tries
A Orchard, M Botterman, A Purnell (2), C Hand (2), T Kent, R Tasker
Conversions
C Hand (3)
Penalty Try
Sat 3 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 3 South East Full time

Boro' in Seven Heaven !

After Seven Straight Wins in London South East Three, And Despite an indifferent performance, Away at Hellingly

Match Report by Rick Howe .

With such a score line one may be forgiven in believing that this was a cracker of a game. It wasn’t.
With ‘Boro’s backs division shorn of many of it’s more creative individuals, as England took on South Africa at Twickenham, it was left to the well drilled ‘Boro eight to bully and steamroller the home sides pack into submission.
For practically the whole eighty minutes, the two packs slugged it out, trundling up and down the pitch, resulting in Crowborough crossing the white wash six times through forwards Richard Tasker, Matt Botterman, `Man of the Match` Alex Purnell x 2, Andy Orchard, and Tom Kent, with a pressurised penalty try and just one well worked backs score as Connor Hand rounded his opposite number fending him off with a strong hand off.
Although effective, it was less than compelling viewing for the travelling faithful, indeed it was the home sides three scores engineered by their excellent #10 and scored by their mercurial left wing that that brought the touchline to life, when the narrow ‘Boro defence committed the cardinal sin of allowing the attackers too much space to build up momentum.
On a positive note, the collapse seen in the second half of their two previous matches when posting large first half scores was averted as the score board continued to tick interminably over. This result sees Crowborough stretch their lead at the top of the league to eight points, but with only eight games played and fourteen games still to go it is way too early to crow.
A few niggling injuries were picked up, but with next week being a non-league weekend there will be plenty of time for the clubs medical team to get the side back to it’s free flowing best for their next encounter at home against high flying Beccehamians on 17th November.
Over at St Leonards Cinque Ports the Crowborough second string ran out 19-15 winners, and now sit at the top of Sussex three east merit league.

Alex Purnell

Player of the Match

Alex Purnell

Key moments

8:57
Try Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
9:53
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
12:26
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
18:52
Try Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
22:14
Try Richard Tasker scores for Crowborough
32:45
Try Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
56:34
Try Tom Kent scores for Crowborough
57:38
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
63:42
Try Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
65:57
Try Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
66:58
Conversion Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Alex Purnell is awarded player of the match for Crowborough
78:23 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Crowborough
66:58 Conversion 0 - 46
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
65:57 Try 0 - 44
Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
64:15 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
63:42 Try 0 - 39
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
58:06 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
57:38 Conversion 0 - 34
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
56:34 Try 0 - 32
Tom Kent scores for Crowborough
End of period 1
33:13 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
32:45 Try 0 - 27
Connor Hand scores for Crowborough
27:54 Sub On
Tom Kent is substituted on for Crowborough
27:54 Sub Off
Michael Malherbe is substituted off for Crowborough
26:15 Sub Off
Adam King is substituted off for Crowborough
26:15 Sub On
Michael Malherbe is substituted on for Crowborough
23:42 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
22:14 Try 0 - 22
Richard Tasker scores for Crowborough
19:43 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
18:52 Try 0 - 17
Andy Orchard scores for Crowborough
18:32 Sub On
Andy Orchard is substituted on for Crowborough
18:32 Sub Off
Matthew Botterman is substituted off for Crowborough
13:34 Missed Conversion
Connor Hand misses a conversion for Crowborough
12:26 Try 0 - 12
Alex Purnell scores for Crowborough
9:53 Conversion 0 - 7
Connor Hand kicks a conversion for Crowborough
8:57 Try 0 - 5
Matthew Botterman scores for Crowborough
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As it happened

  • Hellingly
  • Crowborough
  • 0
  • Matthew Botterman Try 8:57'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 9:53'
  • Alex Purnell Try 12:26'
  • Andy Orchard Sub On 18:32'
  • Matthew Botterman Sub Off 18:32'
  • Andy Orchard Try 18:52'
  • Richard Tasker Try 22:14'
  • Adam King Sub Off 26:15'
  • Michael Malherbe Sub On 26:15'
  • Michael Malherbe Sub Off 27:54'
  • Tom Kent Sub On 27:54'
  • Connor Hand Try 32:45'
  • Tom Kent Try 56:34'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 57:38'
  • Alex Purnell Try 63:42'
  • Connor Hand Try 65:57'
  • Connor Hand Conversion 66:58'
  • Penalty Try 78:23'

Team selection

Boast, Bertie Boast, Bertie
Marchesi, Harry Marchesi, Harry
King, Adam King, Adam
Stevens, Gary Stevens, Gary
Hand, Connor Hand, Connor
Piper, Freddie Piper, Freddie
West, Tom West, Tom
Botterman, Matthew Botterman, Matthew
Main, Callum Main, Callum
Groocock, Joshua Groocock, Joshua
Creasy, William Creasy, William
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 8 37
2. Old Dunstonians 8 29
3. Beccehamian 8 27
4. Pulborough 8 26
5. Vigo 8 25
6. Old Williamsonians 8 25
7. Lewes 8 24

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