Try Fest at Motspur Park
2XV outscore Reeds 7 tries to 5!
King's started this game with just 7 forwards. With a squad of 19 that gave us 12 backs to play with. Neil Williams as Captain stepped into the back row to add weight and height to the scrum and team. This was only improved by the half time additions of messrs Peter Wickham and Will Carter.
Nevertheless King's were dominant in the scrum with Paul Calaminus, Connor Green and Harry Lovelock all playing and scrummaging especially well. After only 10 minutes King's were two tries upthough Tom James and John Walton and despite leaking a soft score quickly scored two more via Robin Cumming and Francis Dwan to take the score to 20 points to 5. Neil Williams unusually missing all four conversions, maybe playing in the back row affected his kicking.
King's were thinking of a handsome victory but this Reeds team were not hopeless. The previous week they had been easily dispatched by Battersea and were clearly fearing the same. However, all King's teams tend to have a generous streak and like to give their opponents a chance.
So another Reeds try followed to bring the score back to just 8 points difference at 20 -12. A Josh Dhillon burst and, at last, a Neil Williams conversion took the half time score to 27 - 12.
The second half started in similar vein with a John Walton "knee" on resulting in a rare pair of tries for John. And so at 34 to 12 it was time for King's to relax. Ed Reid came off to a shoulder injury and then Seb O'Hara to a bloody head. While Reeds chipped away at the lead further injuries to Paul Calaminus (very tired) and Connor Green (cramp) brought King's forwards down to just 3. Reeds came all the way back to 34 to 31 with 10 minutes still to play. However, Neil had his boots back on and obviously felt more at home with 5 other backs in the forwards. He kicked a good penalty (37 - 31) before, as Reeds tried to throw it around a long hack through lead to a furter Francis Dwan try which Neil Williams converted to take the final score to 44 to 31.
King's can learn two things from this game. We need more forwards. We need to make first time tackles. Oh and one other thing. Do that and we are good enough to do well in this league.