Faversham yet again fall short of victory despite positive performance.
Missed tackles cost Faversham dearly as once again they lose away from home, despite tries from Woolf, Egleton, Tabor and McDermott.
Faversham went into this encounter at the wrong end up the table, despite have a squad rich with talent. Things started brightly straight from kick off, as the castaways began playing phase rugby, and punching holes in the opposition defence through strong carries from Garnham, Harmsworth and Iron. Faversham’s forwards continued to dominate their opponents, and after 5 minutes, quick hands found Egleton out wide who drew the last defender and found Tim Woolf who finished brilliantly in the corner. However, ill-discipline allowed Dartford Valley to bounce straight back into it with a try of their own. A high ball from Hodges was expertly caught by centre Buteel, nevertheless Egleton was in an offside position so a penalty was awarded to Dartford Valley. Dartford’s ever present scrum half took it quickly and after a good offload put their winger in to level the scoring. Faversham bounced back straight away when Freddie Iron and Luke Garnham made consecutive gain line success with blindside carries, the latter finding the on-rushing Tabor with an excellent offload allowing him to run in under the posts. The game was now an end to end affair, and poor tackling from Egleton and Buteel allowed the oppositions centre to break the line, finding his team mate who ran in unopposed to score Dartford’s second try of the game. Faversham took a quick kick off after conceded and caught Dartford Valley off guard, the resulting line out was stolen against the throw and a training ground move resulted in a text-book rolling maul which McDermott was at the end of to put ‘Sham back in the lead. When the first half came to an end Faversham were well on top and playing some good rugby. However, Dartford Valley started the second half much the better side, and scored two unanswered tries as well as a penalty to put them 11 points in the lead with ten minutes remaining. The first came from good handling from Dartford backs, however the second came through poor defence from a number of Faversham players. Faversham finally clicked into gear for the closing stages of the match and pulled one back when good hands from Gadilhe and Hodges found Egleton out wide who stepped outside the oppositions centre and ran in for an easy try under the posts. At the last play of the game Faversham were awarded a penalty five metres out and went to the corner. Iron set up a maul at the rear of lineout however this was sacked by Dartford Valley, and the following phase good defence meant Faversham were peanalised for not releasing at the breakdown meaning yet another loss on the road for the castaways, the only grace being they picked up two bonus points taking them up to eighth in the table. Captain McDermott told the players after the game that silly mistakes in defence need to be eradicated quickly before the visit of Askeans at home in three weeks’ time, although he felt the result didn’t reflect the performance.