Faversham win hardly fought encounter.
Two try’s from Egleton the difference as Faversham secured victory against Dartford Valley.
Match report by Mike Juden.
Faversham emerged victorious from a physical and closely fought game against visiting Dartford Valley on Saturday.
The hosts started brightly, hitting rucks with great effect and making progress through the forwards as Luke Garnham, Rhys Mcdermott and Eddie Stott were heavily involved.
Under intense pressure, Dartford soon gave away a penalty when the referee deemed a tackle on Dan Hodges to be dangerous after he had made a break close to the 22.
Unfortunately for Faversham the penalty was somehow pulled just wide of the posts by Egleton and, moments later, another opportunity went begging as Connor Harmsworth picked up from the back of the ruck and dived over but was adjudged to have dropped over the line.
As the half progressed the visitors began to build a solid platform with their set-pieces. When they were awarded a scrum on the five-metre line, they made no mistake, running blind and passing out to the winger who opened the scoring. The conversion was, however, missed.
Faversham came straight back at Dartford. After several good phases of play, the ball was worked down the left-hand side and when the ball found Billy Egleton, he threw a dummy and darted through the gap before touching down to draw the hosts level. He then stepped up to knock the conversion over and give his side a slender lead.
With seconds of the half remaining things almost got even better for the emboldened hosts. They again broke down the left and good handling looked set to create a second try, only for the ball to be agonisingly knocked on just inches from the line.
Half-time hampered Faversham’s momentum and they took time to regain control although aggressive running lines from Hodges, Dan Martins and Tim Woolf consistently tested their opponents’ defence.
When the latter was stopped with a high tackle, Dartford were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes and the hosts made the most of their advantage. Faversham drove forward and Egleton broke once more down the left to touch down.
With the conversation successful, they were now more than a converted try ahead going into the final minutes of the game. That proved too much for a spirited Dartford who gave everything but were repeatedly thwarted by strong tackling and handling errors.
Faversham closed the game out and will look to build on a strong performance as they travel to Askean in a fortnight's time.
Faversham: Eddie Stott (Grant Potts), Jack Meadows, Rhys Mcdermott, Connor Harmsworth, Sam Oatley, Kyle Fiddler, Alex Mullany, Luke Garnham, Dave Tabor, Pete Bulteel (Johnny Hodges), Dan Hodges, Billy Egleton, Gim Woolf, Jamie Moore (Daniel Martins) Chris Gadilhe