1st XV - Match centre

Old Alleynians
H Bowditch, D Banfield
S Pillow, G Skinner
S Pillow (2), G Skinner (2)
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Bromley have to settle for a draw

Late Old Alleynians try to draw level

This was a crucial game for both sides as the winner would probably avoid relegation, with the loser facing an uphill battle to stay in this league. With minutes remaining, Bromley were in a winning position but were pegged back by a late Old Alleynians try to force a draw. In the early stages, it looked as if Old Alleynians would run away with it as their pacy back line exposed frailties out wide but Bromley played with great spirit throughout and were unlucky not to come away with the spoils.

Unsurprisingly, much of the first half was tense and frenetic, with so much at stake. The first Bromley chance came early on when Chris Copper, who was always causing trouble for the opposition, charged down a clearance kick but the bounce of the ball didn’t go Bromley’s way. Nor did it minutes later when Bromley looked to have an Old Alleynians attack covered but a loose ball bounced off a Bromley player and flanker Max Rust pounced on it to score the first try, which Josh Winduss converted. Old Alleynians were now looking the more enterprising and it was a little bit against the run of play when Steve Pillow opened Bromley’s account with a penalty after 15 minutes to make it 7-3. This got Bromley back in the game and a clever switch by George Skinner and a little kick ahead which he followed up himself to apparently score was not allowed at the referee was unsighted. However, Bromley stayed on the offensive and Harry Bowditch crossed for a try from a 5m scrum and Steve Pillow converted to make it 7-10. Bromley were now playing some decent rugby, the scrum and lineout were going well, the back row of Matthew Hart, Nathan Reddick and Ben Smith were foraging for everything and they were containing the threat of the Old Alleynians threequarters. However, they succumbed after 35 minutes when a good break by the left wing Alasdair Henderson set up a try for Josh Winduss which he converted himself to regain the lead. With half time approaching, Steve Pillow closed the gap with a penalty to make the half time score 14-13.

Whilst Bromley were very much in touch at the beginning of the second half they were undone, not for the first time this season, by failing to clear their lines. A poor kick out of defence allowed Old Alleynians to counter attack and the ever-threatening Alasdair Henderson scored a try out wide, well converted by Josh Winduss. Bromley rallied superbly and were soon back on the front foot. David Banfield had a charge or two and deserved his try from a tapped penalty, which George Skinner converted to make it 21-20. Old Alleynians went down to 14 as Max Rust was yellow carded for handling on the ground and Bromley piled on the pressure, going through phase after phase. Whilst Old Alleynians defended well, a George Skinner penalty nudged Bromley in front. A terrific break by Chris Copper then split the Old Alleynians defence and Harry Bowditch was just hauled down short of the line. Bromley kept the momentum going and another George Skinner penalty extended the lead to 21-26. Old Alleynians responded immediately and some good approach work saw scrum half Tom Unwin go over for a try in the corner. Josh Winduss had kicked a couple of similar kicks but was unable to do so this occasion and the scores were tied at 26-26. The draw would suit Old Alleynians much more than Bromley and whilst Bromley tried hard to work their way upfield, they were contained by the home side as the clock wound down.
This result leaves Bromley teetering on the edge of the relegation trapdoor and only a series of unlikely events next week can save them from dropping out of this league. On Saturday, Bromley face second placed Old Colfeians at Barnet Wood Road, who will be looking to secure a play off place against Camberley from London 2 South West. Kick off is at 3pm and will be preceded by the official opening of the new changing rooms.

BRFC 1st XV vs. Old Alleynians 1 April 2017
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George Scott, Kieran Leeper, Steve Pillow, Sean Beckett, Chris Copper, George Skinner, Harry Bowditch, Chris Bristow, David Banfield, Jake Moore, Aidan Devane, Jon Wright, Nathan Reddick, Matthew Hart, Ben Smith.


Tommy Scott, Tom Standfield, Callum Hughton.

Key moments

Penalty Stephen Pillow kicks a penalty for Bromley
Try Harry Bowditch scores for Bromley
Conversion Stephen Pillow kicks a conversion for Bromley
Penalty Stephen Pillow kicks a penalty for Bromley
Try David Banfield scores for Bromley
Conversion George Skinner kicks a conversion for Bromley
Penalty George Skinner kicks a penalty for Bromley
Penalty George Skinner kicks a penalty for Bromley

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70:00 Sub Off
Nathan Reddick is substituted off for Bromley
70:00 Sub On
Callum Hughton is substituted on for Bromley
65:00 Penalty 0 - 26
George Skinner kicks a penalty for Bromley
60:00 Penalty 0 - 23
George Skinner kicks a penalty for Bromley
60:00 Sub Off
Chris Copper is substituted off for Bromley
60:00 Sub On
Tommy Scott is substituted on for Bromley
51:00 Conversion 0 - 20
George Skinner kicks a conversion for Bromley
50:00 Try 0 - 18
David Banfield scores for Bromley
50:00 Sub Off
Chris Bristow is substituted off for Bromley
50:00 Sub On
Tom Standfield is substituted on for Bromley
End of period 1
38:00 Penalty 0 - 13
Stephen Pillow kicks a penalty for Bromley
26:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Stephen Pillow kicks a conversion for Bromley
25:00 Try 0 - 8
Harry Bowditch scores for Bromley
15:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Stephen Pillow kicks a penalty for Bromley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Alleynians
  • Bromley
  • 0
  • Stephen Pillow Penalty 15:00'
  • Harry Bowditch Try 25:00'
  • Stephen Pillow Conversion 26:00'
  • Stephen Pillow Penalty 38:00'
  • David Banfield Try 50:00'
  • Chris Bristow Sub Off 50:00'
  • Tom Standfield Sub On 50:00'
  • George Skinner Conversion 51:00'
  • George Skinner Penalty 60:00'
  • Chris Copper Sub Off 60:00'
  • Tommy Scott Sub On 60:00'
  • George Skinner Penalty 65:00'
  • Nathan Reddick Sub Off 70:00'
  • Callum Hughton Sub On 70:00'

Team selection

Scott, George Scott, George
Copper, Chris Copper, Chris
Pillow, Stephen Pillow, Stephen
Beckett, Sean Beckett, Sean
Leeper, Kieran Leeper, Kieran
Skinner, George Skinner, George
Bowditch, Harry Bowditch, Harry
Smith, Ben Smith, Ben
Hart, Matt Hart, Matt
Reddick, Nathan Reddick, Nathan
Devane, Aidan Devane, Aidan
Wright, Jon Wright, Jon
Moore, Jake Moore, Jake
Banfield, David Banfield, David
Bristow, Chris Bristow, Chris

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Hove 22 51
7. Horsham 22 47
8. Deal & Betteshanger 22 38
9. Heathfield & Waldron 22 36
10. Old Alleynians 22 36
11. Bromley 22 34
12. Crowborough 22 18