I wasn’t expecting that. Bromley U15s squad with many new faces kicked off in Kent U15s Cup against Westcombe Park reigning Kent Plate champions from last season. The lads served up a classic close game that will be remembered for a long time.
Bromley kicked off showing immediate commitment and intent, setting the tone for the game. Immediately Westcombe were going backwards with waves of strong ball carrying and rucking. After 2 minutes Bromley debutant Charlie driving over for the opening score (5-0). The tone was set for the game, great line speed and physicality. However, we couldn’t turn the possession into points. Gradually Westcombe regrouped and eventually found a way to the Bromley tryline after 18 minutes (5-5). The Bromley response was immediate from the kick-off, with the backs and forwards combining well to contesting possession and driving Westcombe backwards. On 22 minutes strong carrying by the backline led to Charlie crossing for a second try converted by James (12-5).
Westcombe restarted with a long kick giving Bromley space and possession to play with. Use it they did with support, agility and pace taking the ball three-quarters of the length of the pitch with Harvey going over (17-5). Westcombe regrouped again and with Bromley conceding penalties allowed them up to into our 22 and eventually over in corner with the first half time up (17-10).
The second half started with the same commitment by both teams as the first. After 41 minutes Westcombe scored and converted to square the game (17-17). Bromley discipline dropped providing Westcombe with territory. On 47 minutes Westcombe were awarded a 5m scrum. A Westcombe winger drove forward over the line in the corner but because the Bromley backline had never got onside Westcombe were awarded a penalty try to go ahead for the first time in the game (17-24).
The Bromley response was immediate. A long high kick-off combined with great line speed and immediately put Westcombe under pressure. Bromley regain possession and with strong running up the 5m channel Charlie crossed for his hat trick (22-24). Still down two points Bromley again made the of most of possession from the kick-off to make their way up field and on 54 minutes Addison drove over so score converted by James (29-24). With 5 minutes to play Bromley just had to run the clock down and deny Westcombe possession to manage the game out. It was not to be, poor decisions put ourselves under pressure to cede possession in our 22m with the time up. With time in the red Westcombe went over to first square the score then win the game with the conversion (29-31).
What a game. A performance Bromley U15s can be proud of and despite a losing at the death earning two important bonus points.