The Saints Win Away at Shoots
On one of the coldest days of the season so far......
Dartfordians 4’s (Saints) Vrs Shootershillians 1's– Saturday 17th March 2018 – 1pm kick off, Mayday Gardens (the Artic Circle)
Final Score 5 - 12 (Win)
Scorers: Josh O'Flynn, Tom Shea (Try) Conversion (Ali Barker)
Team: Iain McKenzie, Stenty, Mike Fiander, Andy Moon, Paul Chandler, Tim Stagg, Tom Adams, Pat Sweeney, Josh O'Flynn, Dan Lewis, Ali Barker, Chris Barker, Paul Dane, Henry Gregory, Riley Horner, Andre Seguin, Barry ‘Bismarck’ Dennis, Tom Shea, Anthony Cox, Mark Smith
Darts 4th played an early kick off, away game, against Shootershillians 1’s in Eltham on Saturday. Not for the first time this season the 4th team WAGs received a few surprise inches overnight (of snow of course), as such there were texts flying around on Saturday morning wondering whether the game would go ahead. But seeing as Shoots had a function on Saturday and a full squad, they pulled out all the stops to ensure the fixture went ahead.
Suffice to say the conditions where dreadful, snow and ice over most of the pitch, the centre of the pitch, under the ice, a freezing bog, the wind absolutely bitter good. It is up there with the coldest game I have played in. The pitch lines had to be swept clean of snow and ice.
Darts won the toss and elected to play up hill and into the wind first half. This was an improved Shoots team to the one which played Darts earlier in the season.
The game itself was a tough and physical affair, with lots of mistakes resulting from the conditions. Fair play to Shoots as their performance was much improved, there back row was especially useful and without some excellent defensive work by Darts would have been significantly worse off than 5 - 5 at half time.
Darts banked on the slope and the wind to bag them the victory in the second half, but maybe some complacency crept in and the win did not come easily.
A few points worthy of mention…
1) the Darts pack dominated the lineout from the off, with Tom Adams stealing and securing good ball. The maul worked well resulting in the team’s first try scored by Josh O'Flynn (I think)
2) Darts scrummaged well against a big s
3) The Darts defence was excellent lead by Paul Dane, Josh O'Flynn, Henry Gregory and Tom Shea.
4) Stand out performances from Josh O'Flynn who was unfairly penalised a number of times at the ruck. Henry Gregory carried well in the centres, Stenty took a couple of balls against the head in the scrum.
5) Young Tom Shea stole the Man of The Match Award for a brilliant second half performance out of position at scrum half. He is one to watch in future years. A great solo game winning try scored in a deadlocked game, his work rate and tenacity made a massive difference.
6) An unnamed winger (Bizmarck) commented that the beast from the east had claimed its first Dartfordian victim. It had turned his penis from an outy to an inny. He said it was like someone had touched a snail’s eye!
6) Anthony Cox (Son and Nephew of shoots legends Matt and Tony respectively), took a brilliant catch on a high ball, waltzed over the line to score a certain try, decided to show his new Ozzy rugby league professional boosh skillz off and proceeded to drop the ball over the line. Much to the delight of the shoots faithful and the hearty laughter of his father.
Thanks to all of the guys that turned up and made it a competitive fixture in the freezing cold, it will be remembered for many years for the conditions rather than the champagne rugby.