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Womens XV - Match centre

Beckenham
Old Elthamians
Tries
E John, A Willis, A Birchall
Conversions
C Harvey
Penalty Try
Sun 25 Nov 14:00 - League Full time Attendance 145

Derby Delight for OEs

A strong second half performance helped Elthamians to an impressive four-try victory over local rivals Beckenham on Sunday.

Beckenham 0 Old Elthamians 24

OEs made the short trip to Balmoral Avenue for what promised to be a tough fixture with both sides fielding six county players in their line-up. With three former Beckenham players in the Elthamians side, it had all the ingredients to be an intense and exciting game.

Elthamians made three changes to the starting line-up with Becci Sheene returning in place of the injured Lauren Seakins at prop, Becky Smith coming into the second row with Poppy Branch moving to the back row to replace Jasmine Leota. In the backs Anneka Willis made her first OEs start on the wing replacing Clair Melville-Brown.

It was OEs who made another bright start with fly-half Helen Harris combining with Willis up the left flank when a knock on halted proceedings. The visitors kept the pressure on and were awarded a penalty try on seven minutes when scrum-half Katie Dootson was high tackled whilst in the process of scoring. It was the first time OEs had taken the lead in a league game this season.

However, this sparked a Beckenham onslaught which would last for half an hour as the home side used their strong ball-carrying forwards to good effect. The Elthamians defence stood firm and when the ball did go wide wingers Willis and Andy Birchall snuffed out the threat.

Beckenham did have their chances to score but last gasp tackles saw the ball knocked on over the line and OEs turned round at half-time leading 7-0.

The second half was a different story, however, as it was Elthamians who were now putting together multiple phases with locks Charley Mitten and Becky Smith making big gains with the ball in hand.

The OEs back line was now looking increasingly dangerous with centres Emily John and Georgia Gray causing problems on the front foot and full-back Amy Allebone making some jinking returns.

The breakthrough came on 54 minutes after sustained pressure in the 22, the ball was moved wide to John who arced round the defence to go over in the corner.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Willis received to ball in space and she out-stripped the Beckenham defence from 30 metres out to go over in the corner.

In the closing moments, Elthamians produced an excellent phase of off-loading and inter-play which saw Birchall go over for OEs’ fourth score on 78 minutes, Courtney Harvey adding the conversion to put the seal on an impressive victory.

Old Elthamians: Allebone, Birchall, Gray, John, Willis, Harris, Dootson, Goodwin, Rukin, Sheene, Mitten, Smith, Walkin, Branch, Harvey. Replacements: Black, Durman, Penfold, Gelman, Potter, Chenery.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

54:00
Try Emily John scores for Old Elthamians
68:00
Try Anneka Willis scores for Old Elthamians
78:00
Try Andrea Birchall scores for Old Elthamians
79:00
Conversion Courtney Harvey kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians

Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Courtney Harvey kicks a conversion for Old Elthamians
78:00 Try 0 - 20
Andrea Birchall scores for Old Elthamians
69:00 Missed Conversion
Courtney Harvey misses a conversion for Old Elthamians
68:00 Try 0 - 15
Anneka Willis scores for Old Elthamians
55:00 Missed Conversion
Courtney Harvey misses a conversion for Old Elthamians
54:00 Try 0 - 10
Emily John scores for Old Elthamians
53:00 Sub Off
Ciara Walkin is substituted off for Old Elthamians
53:00 Sub On
Rebecca Penfold is substituted on for Old Elthamians
40:00 Sub Off
Rebecca Sheene is substituted off for Old Elthamians
40:00 Sub On
Victoria Black is substituted on for Old Elthamians
End of period 1
7:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Old Elthamians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Beckenham
  • Old Elthamians
  • 0
  • Penalty Try 7:00'
  • Rebecca Sheene Sub Off 40:00'
  • Victoria Black Sub On 40:00'
  • Ciara Walkin Sub Off 53:00'
  • Rebecca Penfold Sub On 53:00'
  • Emily John Try 54:00'
  • Anneka Willis Try 68:00'
  • Andrea Birchall Try 78:00'
  • Courtney Harvey Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Allebone, Amy Allebone, Amy
Birchall, Andrea Birchall, Andrea
Gray, Georgia Gray, Georgia
John, Emily John, Emily
Willis, Anneka Willis, Anneka
Harris, Helen Harris, Helen
Dootson, Katie Dootson, Katie
Harvey, Courtney Harvey, Courtney
Branch, Poppy Branch, Poppy
Walkin, Ciara Walkin, Ciara
Smith, Rebecca Smith, Rebecca
Mitten, Charley Mitten, Charley
Sheene, Rebecca Sheene, Rebecca
Rukin, Stephanie Rukin, Stephanie
Goodwin, Rebecca Goodwin, Rebecca

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