Tue 19 Dec 2017 20:22

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Bromley RFC
Park House FC

Well, not many people saw that coming. Even the most diehard Park House supporters were expecting to go home with their tails between their legs but instead they left with their heads held high as they comprehensively beat a shambolic Bromley side.  True, Bromley had some players missing and they were disrupted early on when Joe Simpson left the field, followed by Mike Haisell but on the other hand, fourteen of the squad that comprehensively beat Park House in September were involved in this return fixture.  The truth is that Park House wanted this game more than Bromley, they were more aggressive and played for each other as a team.  Recent results would suggest a comfortable win for Bromley and maybe that led to some misplaced complacency.  Fair enough, but Bromley failed to respond to the Park House onslaught with any conviction.  They looked ill prepared, they lacked aggression at the breakdown and the line out was a disaster area.  The back play was disjointed, wrong options prevailed and were often backed up with handling errors.  In defence, Bromley lost their shape all too easily and Park House took advantage with a vengeance.

For the record, Bromley opened the scoring with a Steve Pillow penalty before a period of Park House pressure led to their opening try.  Another Steve Pillow penalty restored Bromley’s lead and for a while it looked as if Bromley were going to get into their stride.  Richard Russ missed a penalty chance to put Park House back in front but they regained the lead not long after.  With Jonny Griffiths yellow carded for offside, Bromley were a man down and Park House took advantage with a converted try to make the half time score 6-12.

Bromley started the second a lot more positively and a Steve Pillow penalty closed the gap to 9-12.  Bromley couldn’t capitalise on this and two converted tries were beginning to take Park House out of sight at 9-26.  Going into the last quarter, Bromley began to string some phases together and bombarded the Park House line.  The visiting openside flanker was yellow carded and from the resultant scrum, a penalty try was inevitable and at 16-26 and fifteen minutes to go, this game was far from over.   However, Bromley lost momentum and when Richard Russ kicked a penalty with about five minutes to go, Bromley were down and out.  Park House’s day was complete when they trundled over the line for a try which Richard Russ converted to make the final score 16-36.

There are not many positives to take out of this game for Bromley. Youngsters Callum McFarland and Alex Griffiths stepped up to the plate well and George Scott was as busy as ever. For the rest of the squad, there is much to think about over the Christmas break before they return to action at Folkestone on 6th January, kick off is at 2pm.

On a more positive note, the game was preceded by a very well attended lunch when nearly 80 people enjoyed a sumptuous lunch prepared by Helen Oakley and her team.  It was also great to see three games at home, the first time this has happened since the new changing rooms were opened.




Steve Pillow 3P


Tom Powell


Sean Beckett


Jonny Griffiths


Chris Copper


Joe Simpson


George Scott


Tommy Brown


Michael Haissell


Callum Hughton


Jonny Leverett


Aidan Devane


Jake Moore


Charlie White


Callum McFarland



Tommy Scott


Alex Griffiths