CROYDON RFC

CROYDON RFC

Under new management

by Fred Benham

The match day did not start well for the new team management

With the skipper still on secondment to the 1st team and the now customary panic about the number of players we have and who is GST. Then have we got enough cars for the drag from east to west London through the early Christmas shoppers and now mandetory road works. All this before we even think about the match against the unbeaten league leaders.
It came as no surprise that Croydon started slowly and were two unconverted tries down by the ten minute mark. Media were running the ball well and looking good aided by the lack luster tackling of Croydon.
At this point a series of crunching tackles by Marcus Coyle, Billy Simmons and Stretech brought the team to life and with Carl Smith,Paul Large and Jake Henderson sarting to run and link well behind an improving pack some parity was restored. After twenty minutes following a drive by the forwards into Media's 22 the ball was quickly released to the backs and after a good offload in the tackle by Graham Matthews Paul Large scored a try, converted by Carl Smith. It was soon after this that things started to go wrong for Croydon with veteran prop Barry Woods getting injured and having to leave the field. Before Croydon could reorganise Meadia took advantage and ran in a third unconverted try. Then in the 38th minute Croydon were unable to deal with a rolling maul close to their line and had to colapse it for which billy Simmons was yellow carded. Media took the oppertunity before half time to scored another unconverted try from a rolling maul. Croydon down to 14 men started the second half well and 5 minutes in Paul Weir out paced the defence to score a second try after good work from Carl Smith, Carl also converted. There followed a period of end to end rugby with the next score being vital. Croydon had their chances but first bad handling and then bad disaplin cost them with Paul Weir and Darean Love getting yellow cards. This ended Croydons chances and Media ran in a converted try in time added on to finish the game.

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