Faversham suffer another loss on the road as silly mistakes gift Foots Cray the win.
Tries from Gadilhe and Egleton in vain; as yet again the Castaways manage to lose a game they should have won.
Faversham started this fixture knowing only a win would be acceptable after a loss to league leaders Whitstable the week prior. The weeks preparation didn’t go to plan due to a number of drop out throughout the week due to illness and injury, however this didn’t stop Faversham from starting well. A good kick off was met by an even better tackle from second row Freddie Iron
; instantly putting Foots Cray onto the back foot. Faversham continued this pressure for the first 10 minutes of the game, however kept making mistakes at key times. This is something that materialised into the story of the game for Faversham who endured a frustrating afternoon. After this sustained period of pressure once again Foots Cray looked to clear their lines, only for Faversham winger Pete Ehmen to misjudge the flight of the ball in mid-air and see the ball bounce straight in to Foots Cray’s winger’s hands and see him run in unopposed underneath the posts. This was a real kick in the teeth for Faversham who had dominated the opening 10 minutes of the match without a score to show for it. Despite this, Faversham came back fighting. A clean line break by man of the match Freddie Iron
saw Faversham enter Foots Cray’s half again, before good hands from Gadilhe found Egleton on the switch, who broke the line only to be stopped just short by Foots Cray’s fullback, with his attempted off-load to Kyle Fiddler
failing to go to hand it was another opportunity squandered by ‘Sham. Faversham continued to knock on the door in the following stages. With Iron winning a penalty at the breakdown, Gadilhe kicked to the corner. Faversham’s line out was functioning well and they set up a driving maul about 15 metres short of Foots Cray’s line. Despite Faversham players appearing to keep their bind, the referee adjudged an accidental offside by Faversham’s front 8 and awarded a penalty to Foots Cray. From the resulting line-out, Freddie Iron
stole the ball against the head and gave Faversham the ball inside their own 22’. After a number of slow phases, the ball was passed to hooker Jack Meadows
who attempted to clear his lines. However, he was put under pressure and his kick was charged down and led to Foots Cray’s second try of the afternoon. This caused some Faversham players to lose their heads after somehow being 14-0 down despite dominating the opening twenty minutes of the game. Foots Cray punished this straight from kick off, as they punished a number of missed tackles from the castaways to score straight from receiving the kick off. Following this Faversham rallied until half-time, and finally were rewarded with a try after a superb show and go from fly half Gadilhe put him in under the posts. Faversham were well on top now and despite the scoreline had been the better side. Unfortunately, as has been with the story of their season so far, allowed Foots Cray to score a sloppy interception try on the stroke of half time. This mean Faversham started the second half with a 28-7 deficit, however they continued to be the better side in the second half. Egleton managed to score with a good snipe down the blind side from the base of a ruck following a sustained period in the opposition 22’. However, this was as good as it got for Faversham who continued to spurn opportunity after opportunity to score. When the final whistle came, there was a feeling of frustration within the camp and captain McDermott urged players to up their game and intensity for the match with Dartford Valley next week.