Brave fight back falls short
Both these sides needed something from this game; for Bromley nothing but a win or perhaps two bonus points could save them from relegation whilst Old Colfeians needed just a point to secure second place and a promotion play off against Camberley on 22 April. In the event, Old Colfeians secured their try bonus point before half time. Bromley were three tries down after fifteen minutes, two from rolling mauls, as the home side had no answer to the Old Colfeians power and quick recycling up front and the slick handling of the threequarters. A fourth Old Colfeian try left Bromley looking at a 0-26 deficit at half time.
Playing down the slope, Bromley got stuck in straight away and the ever busy George Scott got a try after a couple of minutes. A David Banfield try added to the tally and for a while it looked as if Bromley might be able to get something out of the game, as they put together some decent phases and threatened the Old Colfeians defence. However, a further try from the visitors and then yellow cards for Michael Smith and Matthew Hart in quick succession really put paid to Bromley’s hopes. A try for Michael Haissell near the end left the final score 15-31.
Like many games this season, Bromley threw everything they had into this one, but a win here was perhaps a bridge too far. Nevertheless, George Scott had a terrific game in his more familiar role as scrum half and Michael Haissell stood out in his first game in the 1st XV for a few weeks. David Banfield and Tom Standfield made the hard yards whilst Jon Wright and Aidan Devane kept the line out ticking over.
The game was preceded by a lunch to celebrate the construction of the new changing rooms, hence the sketchy nature of this match report, attended by members of Bromley Rugby Football Club, Hayes Cricket Club and Hayes Lawn Tennis Club. The facilities were provided under the auspices of the umbrella organisation of Warman Sports Club Limited and were officially opened by Lydia Greenway, the England test cricketer and product of Hayes CC. It was great to see all three clubs celebrating the new facilities in unison and they certainly add a new dimension to the facilities at Barnet Wood Road.
And so, that’s it for another season folks. It has been a pleasure to watch Bromley this season and although the results on paper might make grim reading, they don’t tell the full story. In every game, the team have always played to the end and on the touchline, I have heard many compliments on Bromley’s attitude and spirit from opposition coaches and supporters. Ending second from bottom is of course a disappointment and it is easy to say “what if” but the truth is that we cruelly lost three games in three weeks by a total of eight points and also had a tough time with injuries. On the plus side, the comeback at Horsham was extraordinary and will stick in my mind for some time. I was asked on Saturday to sum up Bromley’s season and my immediate reaction was “catch up rugby”, as all too often we started games poorly, as on Saturday, and then played our best rugby when the game was slipping away from us. The Player's Dinner was held on Saturday evening and for the record, Ben Smith was awarded the prestigious Old F*rts Player of the Season tankard.
Fixtures for next season will be on the website as soon as they are available and in the meantime, may I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer.