Mon 08 Jan 2018 12:18

Sat 6 Jan 2018

Folkestone RFC
Bromley RFC

For the second time this season, Bromley squeezed past Folkestone by a single point.  In September, a last minute penalty try saw Bromley home but this time, it was a solid second half team effort that won the day.  Bromley got off to a good start and enjoyed a good opening ten minutes, a Steve Pillow penalty after five minutes putting them in front.  Folkestone took longer to settle but with their scrum looking stronger, they opted for a scrum instead of a very kickable penalty after about 15 minutes.  It was the right call, as No. 8 Scott Stewart made ground from the base of the scrum and he fed centre John Eustace who was bundled over the line for a try.  The missed conversion made it 5-3.  For a while, Bromley didn’t see too much of the ball, but chances did come their way.  However, the only one that was converted was a Steve Pillow penalty to restore Bromley’s narrow lead.  Towards the end of the half, Bromley had some defending to do and were conceding too many penalties under pressure.  However, they twice turned over Folkestone attacks from penalties to survive and went in at half time with a scoreline that reflected the closeness of the game.

Right from the restart, Bromley conceded yet another penalty.  Folkestone kicked for the corner but Bromley stifled the catch and drive and won the turnover.   However, Bromley failed to control the ball in the resultant scrum, Folkestone drove over it and No. 8 Scott Stewart got the touchdown, but crucially the conversion was missed again.  However, that was about as good as it got for Folkestone as Bromley went on to dominate for long periods after going behind.  The lead was restored after 53 minutes.  Bromley strung a few phases together, Richard Paddick found some space and the ball was swiftly moved down the line to winger Alex Griffiths who touched down in the corner.  Steve Pillow’s valiant conversion attempt didn’t quite make it.  Bromley kept the pressure up and a good chance went begging a few minutes later when Tommy Scott was unable to hang on to an admittedly challenging pass when there was a clear overlap to exploit.  Bromley were denied another score by some solid Folkestone defending but the important thing was that all the rugby was being played in the Folkestone half.  As the wind and rain continued to pile down, Bromley continued to dominate until the final whistle.

So, a well-deserved win on the road for Bromley, though it could have gone against them if Folkestone had kicked their goals.  Nevertheless, Bromley were worth their win but equally, a losing bonus point was a fair reward for a good defensive performance from Folkestone.  Bromley next play Old Williamsonians at home on 13th January, kick off is at 2pm.

 

Bromley

15

Tommy Scott

14

Tom Powell

13

Freddie Bender

12

Sean Beckett

11

Alex Griffiths 1T

10

Steve Pillow 2P

9

George Scott

8

Michael Haissell

7

Jonny Leverett

6

Josh Cross

5

John Wright

4

Aidan Devane

3

Jake Moore

2

Callum Hughton

1

Callum McFarland

Replacements

16

Richard Paddick

17

Daniel Harris

 

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