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1st XV - Match centre

Dartford Valley
Faversham
Tries
D Hodges (2), D Hall, B Egleton, O Jaynes
Conversions
O Jaynes
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 2 Full time

Ruthless Away Victory in Soaking Conditions

Faversham achieved their 1st win of the season, in a battling performance - against the opposition and the conditions.

A strong Faversham side overcame determined opposition from Dartford Valley on Saturday to get their league season on track in a game hindered for both sides by the torrential downpour.

With Faversham fielding what many of the squad felt was one of the best they had been involved in for some time, the team headed to Dartford confident of getting the 1st win of the season. However it soon became clear on arrival that any hopes of free flowing running rugby may have to be tempered as the heavens opened and drenched players and supporters alike.

In the early minutes of the match it was clear that the conditions were causing difficulty for both sides with multiple handling errors, due to the slippery ball hampering both teams trying to establish control. Gradually however, the Faversham forwards began to establish some dominance with strong drives, short passing and assured control from Ollie Jaynes at fly half.

As the pressure increased on the home side, they looked to gain territory by kicking any turnover ball gained for touch. Unfortunately for Dartford, Freddie Iron was in imperious from at the front of the line out, stealing the opposition throw over and over again, and Matt Suter and Nick Kingdon also tidying up any throws that did manage to get beyond the front jumpers. With this exit option failing and Faversham pressurising in the scrums, the momentum was building and chances began to open up for Faversham. A 40 metre break by Ben Gray was just about halted by the last defender, and missed overlaps went begging a couple of times before Faversham worked the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and then back again to create the space for Dan Hodges to run in for the opening try of the game, which was duly converted.

Shortly after Faversham repeated a similar pattern, and with quick hands from Ollie Jaynes, Hodges and Grant Potts allowing Dan Hall to run in for an uncoverted try.

The rest of the half passed with no score as both teams again were hampered by conditions and the lack of grip on the ball.

Coming out in the 2nd half, Dartford Valley were clearly determined not to just give up without a fight. In the early stages they were the side who cranked up the pressure and aided by a number of penalties, were able to establish a period of territorial dominance. The repeated penalties finally told about 15 mins into the half when first captain Rhys Mcdermott and then flanker Kyle Fiddler were both yellow carded in quick succession. With this taking place only metres from Faversham's line a score seemed inevitable but a combination of dogged aggresive defence by the 13 remaining Faversham players and the home side twice failing to utilise their prop being in space off quick taps, meant Faversham held out and began to inch their way down the pitch.

A penalty kick to touch handed Faversham a line out near half way, from which they set up a driving maul, and having readjusted after initially being pushed back, the forwards set off down the pitch with a drive at near running pace, which the home team were only able to stop deep in their 22. A scrum quickly followed, from which the backs combined well with Simon Jaynes running a great line to draw defenders, and Ollie Jaynes finding Dan Hodges hitting another angle to weave his way past 3 defenders and score his 2nd try of the match.

Having swept downfield to score in such a short period and with only 13 players against 15, the confidence and belief clearly rose in the players, only buoyed further as McDermott and Fiddler returned to the action, and seemed to ebb away at an equal rate from the home side.

A few moment s later Faversham turned the ball over and Matt Suter made a great break up the centre of the pitch gaining 30 metres before a superb off load to Billy Egleton in support. Egleton almost beat the last man before just being held back and a following drive from Simon Jaynes was just stopped in the corner. However Faversham were not to be stopped and a few phases later Egleton broke through to score the bonus point try.

In the last moments of the match Ollie Jaynes kicked deep to pressurise the defence and was surprised when the bounce of the ball and the wet conditions allowed him to collect the ball regained just short of the line by Dan Hall and touch down for the 5th try.

Despite the conditions this was a strong performance from Faversham with strong displays across the team. There are still areas for improvement, but there is clear potential for the team to have a successful season and given better conditions could really threaten to produce a big performance.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Ben Gray

Player of the Match

Ben Gray

Key moments

20:00
Try Daniel Hodges scores for Faversham
21:00
Conversion Ollie Jaynes kicks a conversion for Faversham
30:00
Try Danial Hall scores for Faversham
63:00
Try Daniel Hodges scores for Faversham
72:00
Try Billy Egleton scores for Faversham
78:00
Try Ollie Jaynes scores for Faversham

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Gray is awarded player of the match for Faversham
78:00 Try 0 - 27
Ollie Jaynes scores for Faversham
72:00 Try 0 - 22
Billy Egleton scores for Faversham
70:00 Sub Off
Nick Kingdon is substituted off for Faversham
70:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Faversham
68:00 Sub On
Ben Gray is substituted on for Faversham
68:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Faversham
65:00 Sub Off
Jacob Gander-Compton is substituted off for Faversham
65:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Faversham
63:00 Try 0 - 17
Daniel Hodges scores for Faversham
60:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Fiddler is yellow carded for Faversham
57:00 Sub On
Jacob Gander-Compton is substituted on for Faversham
55:00 Yellow Card
Rhys Mcdermott is yellow carded for Faversham
40:00 Sub Off
Jacob Gander-Compton is substituted off for Faversham
40:00 Sub Off
Ben Gray is substituted off for Faversham
40:00 Sub On
Tim Woolf is substituted on for Faversham
40:00 Sub On
Billy Egleton is substituted on for Faversham
End of period 1
30:00 Try 0 - 12
Danial Hall scores for Faversham
21:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Ollie Jaynes kicks a conversion for Faversham
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Daniel Hodges scores for Faversham
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dartford Valley
  • Faversham
  • 0
  • Daniel Hodges Try 20:00'
  • Ollie Jaynes Conversion 21:00'
  • Danial Hall Try 30:00'
  • Billy Egleton Sub On 40:00'
  • Jacob Gander-Compton Sub Off 40:00'
  • Tim Woolf Sub On 40:00'
  • Ben Gray Sub Off 40:00'
  • Rhys Mcdermott Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Jacob Gander-Compton Sub On 57:00'
  • Kyle Fiddler Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Daniel Hodges Try 63:00'
  • Sub On 65:00'
  • Jacob Gander-Compton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ben Gray Sub On 68:00'
  • Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sub On 70:00'
  • Nick Kingdon Sub Off 70:00'
  • Billy Egleton Try 72:00'
  • Ollie Jaynes Try 78:00'

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Team selection

Hall, Danial Hall, Danial
Hodges, Daniel Hodges, Daniel
Jaynes, Simon Jaynes, Simon
Gray, Ben Gray, Ben
Jaynes, Ollie Jaynes, Ollie
Tabor, Dave Tabor, Dave
Garnham, Luke Garnham, Luke
Kingdon, Nick Kingdon, Nick
Fiddler, Kyle Fiddler, Kyle
Suter, Matt Suter, Matt
Iron, Freddie Iron, Freddie
Gander-Compton, Jacob Gander-Compton, Jacob
Meadows, Jack Meadows, Jack
Mcdermott, Rhys Mcdermott, Rhys

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cliffe Crusaders 8 33
2. Sittingbourne 8 30
3. Faversham 8 30
4. Bexley 8 26
5. Brockleians 8 21
6. Lordswood 8 20
7. Dartford Valley 8 9

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