Greenwich 21 - 12 Faversham
Last gasp Greenwich try seals defeat for Faversham in an end-to-end game.
A brace of tries for Nick Kingdon was not enough to overcome a resilient Greenwich side, as defensive errors cancelled out some impressive attacking play. The game had been played at a fast pace, attack and counter-attack, taking the game from 22 to 22, before a last minute try from Greenwich finally put the game out of reach for the visitors.
The opening phases of the game set a precedent for what was to follow, with both sides happy to put ball through hands and attack from anywhere on the pitch. Faversham opened the account in unlikely circumstances with a play starting behind their own try line. Dan Martins and Henry Bowsher put a determined effort to chase a booming clearing kick from Billy Egleton to the opposition 22. The two wingers caught the scrambling Greenwich defenders off guard with aggressive rucking and the ball found it's way back into Faversham's hands. With many players still trying to catch up with the play, the ball went through several quick phases to end up with Nick Kingdon, eventually bouncing one defender then reaching over the line to score.
The Greenwich counter-attack came quickly and was equally aggressive, immediately putting Faversham on the back-foot on their own 22. With drive after drive coming close to the try line, Greenwich eventually broke through only to be held up over the line. On three successive attacks Greenwich again broke through, only to be held up again. They eventually crossed on the fourth attempt, picking from the base of the scrum and driving through the defenders.
From the kick off Faversham immediately planted themselves in the opposition 22 once more. With a period of sustained pressure, led by strong carries from Rhy Mcdermott and Sam Oatley, Faversham looked sure to eventually break through. Jonny Hodges eventually made the difference, stepping inside the oncoming defensive line to open up space behind. Despite being felled inches short, the ball was quickly recycled, finding Kingdon once again to crash over the line. A further try from Greenwich before the half brought scores even going into the half-time break.
The second half continued in much the same way, only with the defensive gaps now filled with determined defenders. With neither side able to make a decisive break through the tackling grew more ferocious, David Tabor and Danny Flynn making notable contributions to hold out the attack. A couple of penalties put Greenwich ahead for the first time in the game but never looked enough to keep Faversham out of the game. Dan Martins led the way in attack, great counter-attacking run from speeding round the oncoming defensive line, only to be cruelly brought down by a flailing high tackle. Despite the strong position from the resultant penalty the Castaways could not find a way through with time quickly counting down. Pouncing on loose ball, Greenwich secured possession and then attacked out of their own 22, with support runners taking the ball on With the clock now in the red, Greenwich broke through with the decisive try to put the game to bed.
Faversham next play home to Old Gravesendians on 8th March.
Score: Greenwich 21 - 12 Faversham
Team: D.Flynn, R.Mcdermott, E.Stott, F.Iron, S.Oatley, N.Kingdon, K.Fiddler, L.Garnham, J.Williams, J.Hodges, D.Martins, B.Egleton, D.Tabor, H.Bowsher, T.Woolf, J.Meadows, S.Woolf, R.Chipperton