Dengate praises character as Faversham come from behind to win their sixth game in a row
Faversham had no fewer than three tries disallowed on a day where a spate of dubious refereeing decisions partnered with a below standard performance meant they had to battle hard to bring home the win against a strong Brockleans side.
Head coach Rob Dengate was disappointed with his sides performance, yet explained this was a sign of just how far the side have come since the start of the season. He praised the character of the side and explained that 'normally the performance takes care of the result but some times you have to dig deep and show a bit of fighting spirit'.
Faversham started brightly from kick-off as a well organised chase allowed Mills to drive his opposite man into his own 22'. Brockleans opted to clear their lines and this brought on an early onslaught from Faversham. Simon Jaynes appeared to have crossed after a strong carry, only for the referee to claim the ball was held up much to the bemusement of the away side. For the next twenty minutes Faversham were camped in the opposition 22', but time after time silly mistakes prevented them from opening the scoring.
As Brockleans hit back, they were awarded a penalty in-front of the posts as Stott was penalised for a high tackle. The home side made no mistake from the tee and they were 3-0 against the run of play.
Faversham re-started with an increase in intensity and this was rewarded with a penalty after strong carries from Iron and McDermott led to the home side handling at the breakdown. Faversham opted for the posts but Jaynes missed to the right of the posts leading to a 22' dropout.
This however seemed to spur Faversham into life. From the restart 'Sham worked the ball across the pitch and a strong carry from Sanders-Champney at outside centre took the away side up to the twenty-two. Mills took the ball on at pace which provided front foot ball for Jaynes to play with. Using the overlap to his advantage, he exploited a gap in the oppositions defense. He then drew the full back before slipping the ball to Hooker Egleton who slid in for his eighth try of the season.
From the restart, Faversham were sloppy. A lack of support at the breakdown led to a penalty for not releasing. Once again the Brockleans fly-half slotted the points and meant that the score was 7-6 to Faversham with five minutes to play in the first half.
Faversham looked like they were going to hit back straight away. After turning the ball over from the restart, the ball was spun wide to Gray who used his electric pace to beat his opposite man down the wing. With only one man to beat he was tackled inexplicably high, only a short distance from the line. The referee however adjudged this to be only a penalty (Not the penalty try and yellow card many thought were coming). Faversham opted to the corner and a good line-out move created space out-wide, only for another handling error to prevent Faversham from scoring.
Faversham started the second half much brighter and scored early on. With Egleton and Iron linking up well at the line-out, Mills collected the ball on the gain line before blasting through a number of tackles to provide Jaynes with quick ball yet again. Iron and Fiddler worked round the corner to suck in more opposition defenders before the ball was spun wide, good hands led to Williams receiving the ball out wide. He did well to beat his opposite man before sliding in under the posts for Faversham's second try of the game.
Faversham then had their second try ruled out of the afternoon. Strong running from Stott and Simon Jaynes created space out wide for brother Ollie to exploit. He drew a defender before popping the ball to McDermott who appeared to be in under the posts, only for the referee to adjudge the ball to have gone forwards.
Faversham kept working and a strong maul following a 5 meter line-out allowed Mills to sneak round the blind-side to score Faversham's third of the afternoon.
With Faversham in search of the bonus point, Fiddler was sin-binned at the breakdown for violent conduct. This allowed Brockleans back into the game and they scored in the corner after good work from their backs created an overlap on the wing.
Faversham put everything they had into the final ten minutes in search of the bonus point, but Brockleans were resolute in defense. With one minute remaining, they appeared to have scored their fourth try, as McDemott hit a great line on Jaynes shoulder to split the defense and coast in. Controversially, the referee signaled for a forward pass much to the dismay of the Faversham side. Brockleans held out and Faversham left with four points to take them three points clear of Sittingbourne in third place before their game this Saturday at the Rec.