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1st XV - Match centre

Askean
Whitstable
Tries
M Graves, J Booty (2), M Olive, S Holness
Conversions
A Huey (4)
Sat 18 Feb 14:30 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 2 Full time

Graves: Next month will be make-or-break for us

"I've never know the league be as tight as it is this season."

Whitstable made it 11 wins in a row on Saturday with a 33-5 win at Askeans but player-coach Mal Graves says he wouldn’t be surprised if the Shepherd Neame Kent 2 promotion race goes to the wire.

Long-time leaders Old Gravesendians boast a 100% record and look to have the title wrapped up but only three points separate second-placed Whitstable from the two teams below them and they still have to play both. The Blues travel to fourthplaced Royal Bank of Scotland on Saturday, March 4 and the following week host thirdplaced Foots Cray. Throw in a re-arranged home game with Lordswood – the last team to beat Whitstable – on March 18 and it’s easy to see why Graves thinks his team still have a lot of work to do.

He said: “I’ve never know the league be as tight as it is this season. We’ve lost twice and drawn one but we’re still having to slug it out. “It shows how hard teams are fighting to get out of this division and how good the standard is at the top. March is going to be a make-or-break month for us.”

Whitstable’s latest win – their seventh on the road – was earned with the minimum of fuss. Josh Booty scored two of their five tries, with the others coming from Marck Olive, Sam Holness and coach Graves, who celebrated his 40th birthday earlier in the month. Andrew Huey kicked four conversions while prop Joey Taggart impressed on his return after injury but Graves admitted there was room for improvement in their performance ahead of Saturday’s home game with bottom club Erith (2.30pm).

Graves added: “We were a bit rusty, which was understandable but it was a decent performance on a big pitch. We just need to keep concentrating on doing the basics right.”

The postponed Lordswood game – which orginally went down as a home walkover to Whitstable – has been re-arranged after the RFU accepted the Medway club’s explanation that players were unable to travel on the day due to the snow that fell that weekend.

Match report - credit to KM Group

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Key moments

10:00
Try Mal Graves scores for Whitstable
11:00
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
25:00
Try Josh Booty scores for Whitstable
26:00
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
50:00
Try Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
51:00
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
69:00
Try Sam Holness scores for Whitstable
79:00
Try Josh Booty scores for Whitstable
80:00
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 0 - 33
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
79:00 Try 0 - 31
Josh Booty scores for Whitstable
70:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
69:00 Try 0 - 26
Sam Holness scores for Whitstable
55:00 Yellow Card
Gregory Mills is yellow carded for Whitstable
52:00 Sub On
Leeroy Chaipa is substituted on for Whitstable
52:00 Sub Off
Joey Taggart is substituted off for Whitstable
51:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
50:00 Try 0 - 19
Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
40:00 Sub On
Sam Holness is substituted on for Whitstable
40:00 Sub Off
Antony Cairney is substituted off for Whitstable
End of period 1
26:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
25:00 Try 0 - 12
Josh Booty scores for Whitstable
15:00 Sub Off
Luke Bowers is substituted off for Whitstable
15:00 Sub On
Marck Olive is substituted on for Whitstable
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Mal Graves scores for Whitstable
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As it happened

  • Askean
  • Whitstable
  • 0
  • Mal Graves Try 10:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 11:00'
  • Marck Olive Sub On 15:00'
  • Luke Bowers Sub Off 15:00'
  • Josh Booty Try 25:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 26:00'
  • Sam Holness Sub On 40:00'
  • Antony Cairney Sub Off 40:00'
  • Marck Olive Try 50:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 51:00'
  • Leeroy Chaipa Sub On 52:00'
  • Joey Taggart Sub Off 52:00'
  • Gregory Mills Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Sam Holness Try 69:00'
  • Josh Booty Try 79:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Garland, James Garland, James
Reid, Will Reid, Will
Bowers, Luke Bowers, Luke
Cairney, Antony Cairney, Antony
Woolf, Kieran Woolf, Kieran
Booty, Josh Booty, Josh
Huey, Andrew Huey, Andrew
Graves, Mal Graves, Mal
Costley, Phil Costley, Phil
Mills, Gregory Mills, Gregory
Barrow, Jack Barrow, Jack
Newman, Andrew Newman, Andrew
Taggart, Joey Taggart, Joey
Cliff, Ben Cliff, Ben
Pepper, Luke Pepper, Luke

League round up

Other Shepherd Neame Kent 2 results

Lordswood
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L

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Old Gravesendians 24 107
2. Royal Bank of Scotland 24 101
3. Whitstable 24 94
4. Foots Cray 24 93
5. Lordswood 24 77
6. Orpington 24 53
7. Faversham 24 51

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