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1st XV - Match centre

Whitstable
Foots Cray
M Olive (2), J Garland
Tries
A Huey
Conversions
A Huey
Penalties
Sat 1 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

Blues paying for unforced errors

Drop Goal breaks Whitstable hearts!

An 82nd-minute drop goal broke Whitstable's hearts at the Chaucer Ground on Saturday but there was little sympathy for the players from Mal Graves.

The Blues player-coach accused his side of making to many basic errors and said their inability to hang onto the ball continually meant they put themselves under pressure.

He said: "Foots Cray had a heavy pack and a 10 who booted the ball which is what they've always done but if you don't catch balls you'll end up scrummaging a lot.

"We made too many unforced errors. I can handle errors made under pressure but the unforced errors are killing us and it's been the same for a few weeks now.

"I know these lads can catch balls because I've seen them do it in training, so whether it's a lack of concentration i don't know. We've come up and maybe if we were getting beaten you'd have to say we're out of our depth but that's the biggest frustration because we're not.

"Up front we're winning enough ball to create chances, we're just making too many errors which are letting out opponents off the hook."

Whitstable made the perfect start with Graves peeling off the back if a scrum to send March Olive over in the corner inside three minutes.

James Garland added a second which Andrew Huey converted after 25 minutes before Olive claimed his second score around the hour-mark.

A penalty six minutes from time again from Andrew Huey edged Whitstable ahead 20-19 but Graves feared it would not be enough and so it proved as the visitors landed a drop goal two minutes into time added on.

The defeat leave Whitstable 10th in Shepherd Neame Kent 1 ahead of Saturday's home game with Sheppey, who are immediately below them with just one point.

Match report credit to KM group

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Key moments

3:00
Try Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
25:00
Try James Garland scores for Whitstable
26:00
Conversion Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
60:00
Try Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
74:00
Penalty Andrew Huey kicks a penalty for Whitstable

Highlights

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74:00 Penalty 20 - 0
Andrew Huey kicks a penalty for Whitstable
61:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
60:00 Try 17 - 0
Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
End of period 1
26:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Andrew Huey kicks a conversion for Whitstable
25:00 Try 10 - 0
James Garland scores for Whitstable
4:00 Missed Conversion
Andrew Huey misses a conversion for Whitstable
3:00 Try 5 - 0
Marck Olive scores for Whitstable
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As it happened

  • Whitstable
  • Foots Cray
  • 0
  • Marck Olive Try 3:00'
  • James Garland Try 25:00'
  • Andrew Huey Conversion 26:00'
  • Marck Olive Try 60:00'
  • Andrew Huey Penalty 74:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. HSBC 12 34
7. Cranbrook 11 32
8. Whitstable 12 21
9. New Ash Green 12 20
10. Foots Cray 13 13
11. Sheppey 13 1
12. RBS 12 -10

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