Clinical Castaways Claim Resounding Home Win
Faversham run in 9 tries to secure win in 1st home league game.
Having watched the 2nd team show some promise play earlier in the day, the 1sts were determined to put in a display of their own in front of a strong crowd of over 100 people.
From the off the distinctively different styles could be seen from both sides, with Faversham looking to attack out wide from the first phase and Lordswood hoping to use power to gain territory and points. With the great weather and pitch conditions available it was Faversham who started to inflict the early pressure despite playing up the slope, spreading play well in combination with some strong carries from the forwards.
Having squandered a couple of early opportunities due to inaccurate passes, Faversham broke the deadlock when Ben Gray scored in the left hand corner. Suter punched a hole down the middle of the pitch before Jonny Hodges found Ollie Jaynes who pulled the ball behind Simon Jaynes to find Gray, who showed his blistering pace and footwork to beat 2 players and run in to the corner narrowly avoiding the touchline to give Faversham a 5-0 lead as the try went unconverted.
This score stirred Lordswood into life and they quickly struck back using their power game, pushing Faversham back down the pitch and gaining a converted try to pull into a 5-7 lead.
An injury to Potts meant Faversham were forced into an early change in the front row, however any concerns that Faversham would struggle against the big pack of Lordswood were firmly squashed with the team using skill and execution to destroy the Medway outfit out wide.
Faversham won a penalty just inside their own half and opted for the corner. Using their five-man line out effectively, Garnham was found in space and slipped the ball to Egleton who was held up just short of the line. However, this sucked in numerous Lordswood defenders and a superb clear out by Kingdon and Meadows enabled quick ball for the backs who used simple hands to find Gander-Compton out wide who finished tidily.
With confidence now flowing Tim Woolf sliced through the Lordswood defence in midfield, running from the half way line into the Lordswood 22. Having finally been held up by the opposition, Woolf offloaded to Luke Garnham, who threw a ludicrous dummy before strolling in for his 1st try of the afternoon. Ollie Jaynes nailed the conversion to turn around at half time with a score of 17-7, with the conditions and slope now in the favour the home team.
This proved to be true as it was Faversham who dominated the second half, running in a further 6 tries to hammer home the win.
Early in the half Ben Gray again outwitted the Lordswood defence to weave through and squeeze into the corner for his 2nd try. Gray, who only picked up a rugby ball for the first time at the start of July; is turning into one of Faversham’s biggest threats with ball in hand. His nimble footwork and electric pace once again being far too much for the Lordswood defence to handle.
With the slope to their advantage, Faversham's forwards produced some strong drives with Kingdon, Garnham and McDermott punching some holes to draw in the defence creating plenty of space for the backs out wide. This strong running was evident again from Garnham, who hit a superb line in the middle of the park allowing Egleton to slip the ball to him in space as he cruised home for his second of the game.
With Lordswood beginning to tire, space outside the 13’ channels were at an optimum for the hosts. This was evident from the sidelines and the next to score was fly half Ollie Jaynes. He gained the ball on the halfway line and despite a two man overlap he sold his opposite man with an exceptional dummy before beating the full back with a turn of pace to score underneath the posts.
The next try followed soon after as Faversham’s forwards once again sucked in Lordswood defenders through big carries from Suter and Meadows, before releasing the ball to the right where Jaynes threw a big miss pass to allow Dan Hodges to finish with men to spare in the attack.
Faversham’s pack, which had done exceptionally well against a pack at least 100kg heavier than themselves, decided to join the party. A huge drive led by the front three of Meadows, McDermott and Egleton and supported by the back 5, drove Lordswood off of their own ball. The ball went wide off of the first phase, with a well worked set-play move from the back line almost allowing for Gander-Compton to cross over in the corner. As the ball was worked back across the pitch Egleton once again found Garnham on a superb line who broke into the opposition 22’, he was superbly tackled by the Lordswood defence but a superb offload to Egleton left him only one man to beat as he crossed the whitewash in the left hand corner.
The final try of the match came as an almost carbon copy of that scored by Dan Hodges, as Faversham capitalised on a mistake from Lordswood with Fiddler and Kingdon working in unison to turn over the ball. Quick ball meant space on the right hand side and Freddie Iron ran in to score a rare try out wide. Egleton had taken over the kicking duties and slotted the kick to make the final score 49-7, although due to an error on the ref’s card this was officially reported to the league as 44-7, but this was not enough to spoil a great day for the team and the club as a whole.
Head coach Rob Dengate said 'It was a great performance, we demonstrated a great level of physicality and discipline. This gave us the platform to play some very good rugby, which was too much for the opposition at times. The squad is strong and we will need everyone on board to deliver a season that will push for promotion'.
The final score was resounding 49-7 victory, the game plan worked well and the only real negative was the 14 dropped points from kicks which could prove costlier on another day.