Faversham secure home win in hard fought match
Having been granted walkover wins in the previous 2 home fixtures of 2017, Faversham secured their first on pitch win of 2017 on Saturday with a battl
Having lost the corresponding away fixture Faversham were looking to gain some revenge and reignite their league campaign. Starting in determined mood, Faversham attacked hard from the kick off, however Askeans were equally determined and repelled numerous Faversham attacks. Faversham repeatedly made good ground with strong runs from Nick Kingdon, Billy Egleton and Jack Cheeseman-Brazier all nearly leading to tries only for the visiting defence to scramble to recover or an incorrect decision seeing the chance go begging.
In fact it was Askeans who were first on the score board with the fly half comfortably kicking a penalty to gain a 0-3 lead after approx. 20 minutes gone.
From the restart Faversham continued to attack hard, but once again the attacks were repelled with some vital turnovers for Askeans forwards, assisted by the powerful clearing kicking from the visiting fly half repeatedly pushing the home team back towards halfway. Wayward throwing in the line out didn’t help matters as safe ball was difficult to come by, although Faversham’s extra weight and power in the scrum balanced this somewhat and did provide some ball against the head on the opposition put in.
As the half came to a close Faversham did manage to finally cross the try line, but the referee was unable to see a clear grounding so deemed the ball held up and blew for half time.
Turning round 3-0 down and now against the hill the home side could have started to worry but started the half with renewed vigour. Substitute Jack Meadows brought more accuracy to the line out and provided mobility about the park, making some strong runs to gain good ground.
Askeans no.10 continued to turn Faversham with his long kicking, using the natural slope to good effect, but with their line out now functioning the home team were able to repeatedly push back up field. One driving maul saw Faversham drive the opposition pack a good 40 metres back up the pitch having won the lineout in their 22, before the ball was finally recycled to the backs well inside the Askeans half.
It was the effectiveness of the maul that finally paid off for Faversham as a secure take in the lineout was set up and driven over the line for Eddie Stott to ground the ball with Billy Egleton slotting the conversion to put Faversham into a 7-3 lead. Continued pressure from the home side saw them repeatedly push play back towards the visiting teams try line. The introduction of Dan Hodges adding renewed fire to the home sides rucking allowing quick ball for the forward pods to drive up the pitch eventually forcing Askeans to concede a penalty with Jonny Hodges kicking to touch right in the corner. Safe lineout ball was again secured by Nick Kingdon and the pack drove over the line with such ferocity that it took a second or 2 for the referee to realise Stacey Woolf had detached from the main maul to ground the ball for Faversham’s 2nd try. Egleton again slotted the kick to take Faversham into a 14-3 lead which proved to be the final score as the home sides defence closed the game out, with Askeans never really looking like getting over the home side’s try line.
Coach Ben Tewkesbury was pleased with the side’s performance, particularly the mauling and rucking which has been a key focus of recent training sessions. He was also pleased with the determination shown by the team to keep pushing for the win without panicking as the clock ticked by.
There were a number of strong performances with Man of the match awarded to Nick Kingdon.