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Dartfordians 1s - Match centre

Dover
Dartfordians
Full time
L Golding, L Brencher, A Hadler, S Cooksley
J Regnier (2)
J Regnier (2)
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Tough bonus point win against Dover

Dartfordians continue their unbeaten season

Dartfordians continue their unbeaten season after a bruising encounter against a Dover side who ran us close in November and had lost only once at home previously and were undefeated in their previous 5 games.
As the players arrived the weather turned for the worse with a heavy downpour of rain that stopped just before kickoff, so after the recent weather the pitch looked good if a little heavy in places. From the kick off both sides looked to make light of the damp and greasy conditions and showed an intent to play hard flowing rugby. After 5 minutes Dartfordians were able to apply pressure to the home side defence which was robust and solid. But a scrum was awarded on the 5 meter line and the pack sensed the opportunity and applied pressure driving the home forwards over their own line allowing Luke Golding to touch down and with Jonny Regnier adding the extra points the visitors found themselves with an earlier advantage. 0-7. What then followed was perhaps the predicable arm wrestle in the mid field as both sides looked to gain an advantage. The ball carrying was hard and the tackles even harder, a real rugby contest. It was during this period of play that the Dover prop was yellow carded and Dover kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit. 3-7. Shortly afterwards the home side showed how dangerous they could be with some good handling and offloading skills to score an unconverted try and tak a narrow lead 8-7. As so many times this season this young Dartfordians side showed that they are no easy pushovers and went straight back to work. After a period of pressure a lineout was won, the ball went along the line, and with still plenty to do, Liam Brencher scored a fine try, which went unconverted but regained the lead for Darts. . 8-12. This was the half time score.
The second half started where the first finished, with both sides showing strong and physical defence. Then when an penalty opportunity was presented, and in such a tight game, Jonny Regnier was asked to step up and kick the points which he duly did to extend the lead 8-15.
This was a strong period for the young Dartfordians side as they had possession and were testing the home defence. It was during a period of pressure that the ball was moved wide to Ashley Hadler and again with plenty of work to do and the home defence closing in he touched down for an unconverted try. 8-20. This Dover side was playing London 1 South last season so this would be a strong test of what the visitors hope to being playing against each week next season. The game continued to be very physical, with neither side taking a backward step. Dover had a period of pressure on the Dartfordians line, and from a lineout the referee was not happy with the Dart's defensive work and awarded a penalty try, and yellow card to Liam Bowmer. 15-20. For the next ten minutes Dartfordians would be required to once again show their desire to work hard for each other as Dover sensed this was their moment and threw everything at the maroon and gold defensive line. As previously this season the players were not found wanting and indeed towards the end of the yellow card period a penalty was awarded against the home side and Jonny Regnier stepped up to kick the 3 points. 15-23. As previously the team that conceded came storming out of the blocks as Dover fought hard to regain a foot hold in the game and applied the pressure. For the first time in the game Dartfordians fell off were found wanting in defence, and a couple of missed tackles allowed a strong run to go unchecked for an unconverted, try. 20 -23.
Dover clearly sensed that with 10 minutes to go this was their time and threw everything at the visitors. During this period both sides showed why they have been the form sides in the league since Xmas, no quarter was asked and defiantly neither side gave an inch. With the clock running down and tensions running high on both side, Dartfordians launch one more attack on the Dover line. Several phases were taken on by the forwards, until finally the Dover defence left a Cooksley size gap which saw Sam, I need a 10 minute rest, Cooksley crash over from inches for the bonus point try, with Jonny Regnier adding the 2 points the referee blew his whistle.
A tough physical away win 20-30.
Unfortunately Michael Young having been earlier removed from the field due to a nasty head injury collapsed after the full time whistle and required an ambulance. A big thank you goes to our physio Sarah Williamson and the Dover physio who looked after Michael while waiting for the first response car and then ambulance. Michael spent the night in hospital but was awake this morning. We wish him a speedy recovery.
After such a full on encounter the coaches were happy with the application showed by the side. This squad of players have a desire to play rugby, but a squad spirit that means that when things get tough they stick together and work through it. The whole 18 players stood up today but the coaches thought man of the match should go to skipper Si Briggs
Next week we travel to Hove for the rearranged fixture. With the sides currently first and second in the league and with Hove needing a win to maintain pressure on Dartfordians and keep Charlton Park from stealing second place from them, it looks like another tough weekend.
The players appreciate the support given by those Dartforodians who made the journey to Dover. Looking up and seeing a friendly face on the touchline helps with the game gets tough.

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Simon Briggs

Player of the Match

Simon Briggs

Key moments

5:00
Try Luke Golding scores for Dartfordians
6:00
Conversion Jonny Regnier kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
30:00
Try Liam Brencher scores for Dartfordians
45:00
Penalty Jonny Regnier kicks a penalty for Dartfordians
55:00
Try Ashley Hadler scores for Dartfordians
65:00
Penalty Jonny Regnier kicks a penalty for Dartfordians
75:00
Try Sam Cooksley scores for Dartfordians
76:00
Conversion Jonny Regnier kicks a conversion for Dartfordians

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Simon Briggs is awarded player of the match for Dartfordians
76:00 Conversion 0 - 30
Jonny Regnier kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
75:00 Try 0 - 28
Sam Cooksley scores for Dartfordians
65:00 Penalty 0 - 23
Jonny Regnier kicks a penalty for Dartfordians
60:00 Yellow Card
Liam Bowmer is yellow carded for Dartfordians
55:00 Try 0 - 20
Ashley Hadler scores for Dartfordians
45:00 Penalty 0 - 15
Jonny Regnier kicks a penalty for Dartfordians
41:00 Sub On
Michael Young is substituted on for Dartfordians
41:00 Sub On
Matthew Randall is substituted on for Dartfordians
41:00 Sub On
Liam Bowmer is substituted on for Dartfordians
End of period 1
30:00 Try 0 - 12
Liam Brencher scores for Dartfordians
6:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Jonny Regnier kicks a conversion for Dartfordians
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Luke Golding scores for Dartfordians
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As it happened

  • Dover
  • Dartfordians
  • 0
  • Luke Golding Try 5:00'
  • Jonny Regnier Conversion 6:00'
  • Liam Brencher Try 30:00'
  • Michael Young Sub On 41:00'
  • Matthew Randall Sub On 41:00'
  • Liam Bowmer Sub On 41:00'
  • Jonny Regnier Penalty 45:00'
  • Ashley Hadler Try 55:00'
  • Liam Bowmer Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Jonny Regnier Penalty 65:00'
  • Sam Cooksley Try 75:00'
  • Jonny Regnier Conversion 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Dartfordians 22 98
2. Hove 22 77
3. Charlton Park 21 74
4. Horsham 22 69
5. Haywards Heath 22 62
6. Dover 21 60
7. Beckenham 21 56

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