Faversham make it four wins on the bounce as early onslaught sees off spirited Askeans side.
A hat-trick from Jaynes, alongside a brace from captain McDermott and try’s from Egleton and Iron see off the determined London outfit after a brutal first half display.
Head Coach Rob Dengate described the win as ‘another solid performance away from home ‘whilst going on to say ‘We dominated from the start and our execution in the first twenty minutes took the game away from Askeans. Ollie Jaynes’ game management kept us on the front foot and allowed the boys to attack the space well. A well needed rest this weekend before we head into what will be a season defining game against Bexley at home on the 17th of November‘. He finished by adding ‘Competition for places is high at the moment and with the 2nd team playing this weekend, I’m sure there will be a few playing with an eye on getting into the squad for the Bexley game.
Faversham wanted to send another message to the league and they did this from the off as they looked to continue their good run of form. From kick off Iron offloaded the ball to Garnham, who went off on one of his trademark bulldozing runs. He broke through 5 tackles before superbly offloading to Egleton. He was brought down on the Askean’s 22’ before quick ball found Faversham’s fly-half Ollie Jaynes against two opposition forwards. The fly-half utilised the mismatch by selling his opposite man with a dummy and coasting in under the posts for the game’s opening try.
It took Faversham just four minutes to score their second try of the game. Strong carries from Garnham and Kingdon enabled Faversham quick ball around the half way line. Tabor found Jaynes from the base of the ruck who shipped the ball to McDermott before he drew his opposite man and hit Egleton on his shoulder. Despite having Gray outside him in space, Egleton opted to go alone after the opposition winger bought his dummy. However this turned out to be the wrong decision as it used all of Gray’s space up meaning he was stopped short of the line. From the base of the ruck Faversham went through the phases before McDermott managed to draw in two defenders and slip the ball to Iron who crossed the whitewash for his second try of the season.
Despite being 12-0 up in six minutes, Faversham continued to play at a frightening intensity. Iron, who dominated the line-out once again for the entirety of the match, took clean ball jumping at 1. From the ensuing drive, Faversham marched their way into the opposition 22’. A slick move from the backs found Gander-Compton on the opposite wing who powered his way through three tackles before being stopped just short of the line. ‘Sham then worked the ball back across the pitch in their pods through big carries from the dominant Garnham and Stott. With quick ball now available Egleton hit a line at pace outside Jaynes before selling the opposition player with a dummy and sliding in for his seventh try of the season.
Faversham then sealed their bonus point within twenty five minutes as skipper McDermott joined the action. A slick five-man line out move enabled Faversham to get gain line success in the middle of the park. A quick rewind called by Jaynes surprised the Askeans defence and he pulled the ball behind the centres to find Gander-Compton in space. The Faversham winger was once again held up just short of the line after beating a number of Askeans players. As Faversham reverted back to their patterns McDermott came from nowhere to bowl over two Askeans forwards and cross for his first try of the season.
‘Sham weren’t done there however and made it 31-0 within half an hour as they executed a well worked training ground move. Egleton found Iron at the back of a five man lineout and the Castaways looked to punch a hole up the middle of the pitch. Faversham’s pack worked round the corner with Fiddler carrying well, before Jaynes called a rewind leaving him against the opposition tighthead prop. Using his pace, he hit the gap before stepping inside the full-back and sliding in for his second of the game.
With half-time came a change in Askeans front-row and with that a change in Faversham’s execution. With Egleton struggling to cope with his new opposition up-front at the scrum, Askeans started to dominate scrum time. They began putting phases together and to their credit started to cause a previously dominating Faversham side a number of questions in attack. After a big drive in the scrum, Egleton was penalised for losing his bind. Askeans took the penalty quickly and crashed over from close range for what was only the second try Faversham had conceded in 320 minutes of rugby. Despite this fightback, Faversham rallied almost instantly as McDermott crashed over for his second of the game from close range. He could have had a hat-trick moments later, only for him to put the ball down 5 metres short of the try line from the back of a maul.
It didn’t take long however for Faversham to score again as Jaynes crossed to complete his hat-trick. After a well worked backs move from a lineout found Woolf on a lovely line. Big carries from Garnham and Fiddler took Faversham towards the opposition 22’. This created an overlap on the blind side which was quickly spotted by Jaynes. Tabor provided him with ball and he dummied two opposition players before scoring his third of the game and fifth of the season.
The remaining 15 minutes were a scrappy affair where Faversham made a number of errors preventing them from adding to their seven try’s. All in all it was a dominant performance from the away side, making it four bonus point wins on the bounce (three of which coming away from home). It is a sign of how far the side have come under Dengate’s tenure that they were disappointed with their performance, despite winning by 34 points.
Captain McDermott said ‘We were completely dominant in the first half and controlled the game with a tempo we haven’t seen yet this season. We seemed to take our foot of the gas in the 2nd half which is something we won’t be able to afford in the coming weeks. We have three massive games before Christmas and we need everyone raring to go as we continue to push for promotion.’ He added ‘we are on the verge of two massive signings and this will hopefully be the fire power we need to push on to the next level’.
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