Mon 04 Sep 2017 13:07

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Hastings & Bexhill RFC
Bromley RFC

Bromley travelled to newly promoted Hastings and Bexhill with a much changed squad compared to the end of last season.  With many players unavailable and several playing out of position, Bromley took a long time to really get going and by the time they started to string a few phases together, the game was beyond them.

Bromley had barely settled down when the impressive Calvin Crosby-Clarke broke through the lines and set up his second row colleague and captain for the day Jimmy Adams for a well worked try.  Although full back Tom Waring missed this conversion, he later went on to have a very profitable day with the boot.  Bromley then suffered a bit of misfortune as George Scott was forced to leave the field; George Skinner switched to scrum half and Joe Simpson came on.  Nevertheless, Bromley enjoyed a bit of possession and George Skinner closed the gap with a penalty.  Some good handling set up Iain Gauld for a try which George Skinner converted and Bromley were in front.  The lead was short lived though as a good counter attack from Hastings and Bexhill led to a try for fly half Harry Walker, converted by Tom Waring, who added a penalty a few minutes to make it 15-10.  Hastings and Bexhill finished the half strongly and with a few missed Bromley tackles, there were tries for Tim Sills and Harry Walker, both excellently converted by Tom Waring to make the half time score 29-10.

Although Bromley scored a couple of tries in the second half, Hastings and Bexhill dominated for most of it.  A Tom Waring penalty and a conversion of Jake Stinson’s try made it 39-10.  Bromley rallied for a while and when Jimmy Adams was yellow carded for killing the ball, Bromley responded immediately with a try from Iain Gauld, converted by Steve Pillow.  Unfortunately, the Bromley recovery was held up by some sloppy tidying up which allowed John Hanagarth to score an unconverted try.  With play breaking up a bit as Bromley chased a bonus point, Tom Powell got an unconverted try for the visitors, whilst centre Ben Campbell got a final try for Hastings and Bexhill, again converted by Tom Waring.

A final score of 51-22 sounds pretty damning on the face of it, but in fairness to Bromley, this was far from a first choice starting XV and as ever, each and every player played with commitment and determination.  One should therefore not read too much into this result, though that is not to discredit Hastings and Bexhill in any way.  They have clearly carried on from a successful season last year and they showed no hesitation in exploiting errors in the Bromley ranks.

Next week, Bromley play Lewes at home, kick off is at 3.00.




Steve Pillow


Tommy Scott


Iain Gauld


Jonny Griffiths


Tom Powell


George Skinner


George Scott


Richard Paddick


Chris Copper


Sean Beckett


Jonny Leverett


Robbie Brown


Jake Moore


Callum Hughton


Nick Formoy



Tom Standfield


Freddie Bender


Joe Simpson