Faversham 2nd XV 38-12 Sittingbourne 2nd XV
Faversham score 31 unanswered points to overturn a first-half deficit in a dominant performance against Sittingbourne.
A hat-trick of tries from prop Stacey Woolf turned the tide with Tim Woolf, Jack Williams and Graeme Corner also getting on the score sheet.
Sittingbourne opened the scoring early on, forming an effective rolling maul off the back of a penalty line-out and driving over from 10 meters out. Faversham fought back immediately. Fly-half Pete Bulteel stepped through the defensive line and initiated a series of off-loads, taking them to within two meters of the try line. An intercepted pass looked like it had ruined the good work, only for the player to have been adjudged to be offside. A quick tap from the resulting penalty found its way to Stacey Woolf who powered over to balance the scores.
Both sides fought to come out on top with Faversham exerting pressure on the scrum only to see Sittingbourne utilise successive penalties and tactical kicking to place themselves in a promising attacking position in the Faversham 22. The rush defensive line seemed to keep Sittingbourne in check until a deft kick from their fly-half found open space behind for him to regather over the try-line and retake the lead for the visitors going into the half-time break.
Faversham reacted well in the second-half, using their own tactical kicking to gain territorial advantage and full-back Tim Woolf counter-attacked with interest when Sittingbourne tried to clear their with the boot. Confidence grew with ball in hand as forwards and backs combined well to wear down the opposition defence. A quick-set of passes unleashed Woolf down the wing, hugging the touch-line and beating a couple of defenders for pace to score a fantastic diving try in the corner.
As confidence grew in the Faversham line, so did the pressure on the Sittingbourne defence. Trying to play out of their own 22, the ball was spilled on giving Faversham an attacking scrum. The dominant pack drove up to the line and replacement No.8 DJ Varker picked off the back and drove over the line, only to be held up by a well placed defender. With the scrum reset Faversham put the same move in motion, this time Varker off-loaded to scrum-half Jack Williams to dart in under the posts.
This opened the flood-gates for the home side and Faversham scored twice more in quick succession as pressure gave way to points. Stacey Woolf bagged his second of the day, picking from the back of a ruck and pirouetting round two defenders. Lock Sam Oatley regathered the ball from the kick-off and demonstrated a surprising show of agility to step around the oncoming defensive line, working his way into the opposition 22, only for the defence to give away a further penalty. A well planned line-out move from the penalty saw quick ball find its way to Graeme Corner in the centres who showed good strength to ride the tackle of two Sittingbourne defenders and power over the line.
Stacey Woolf completed his hat-trick with a further driving effort off the back of a ruck and reinforced a good day on the field for the Faversham pack, with Sam Oatley picking up the Man-of-the-Match award for his persistent threat and defensive work around the pitch. Faversham 2nds will certainly be pleased with a resounding win against an established opposition and will look to replicate their performance in the repeat fixture in two weeks time.
Faversham 1sts next play away to Brockleians on the 1st December before both 1's and 2's return to the action at home in a double-header versus Sittingbourne 1's and 2's.
Score: Faversham 38 - 12 Sittingbourne
Team: R.Chipperton, S.Saunders, S.Woolf, S.Oatley, B.Gossling, J.Dillow, B.Hodges, J.Cox, J.Williams, P.Bulteel, D.Martins-Quintal, G.Corner, S.Cuomo, T.Kindred, T.Woolf, DJ.Varker, S.Nelson, T.Young