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Croydon RFC
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Croydon RFC vs Old Williamsonian RFC

Croydon RFC vs Old Williamsonian RFC

By Dan Harrison
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Willies begin pre-season with win

On what turned out to be the second hottest day of the year, the Old Boys travelled up to Croydon RFC for the first of the three pre-season friendlies. With a strong 22 man squad, coach Dennis Burton was able to ring the changes and with 4 quarters of 20 minutes there was plenty of water breaks to be had too.
In fairness the first 2 quarters did not offer much. Both sides were rusty and Croydon were definitely up for the challenge of higher league opposition. The difference by half time was just a 10 point lead to the away side through two tries. Captain Callum Bowie played in typical friendly fashion by opting to drop kick all tries which obviously wasn't part of Croydon's game plan as they twice went for penalty kicks but missed. Maybe there was some karma.
Anyway as the heat began to take its toll some frustration also took effect from the home side and finished with Hasan Javed being speared in front of the referee much to the annoyance of the travelling supporters. Not being able to continue he retired from the field and this really was the point that changed the game.
The Willies began to run in tries for fun and in the space of the final 30 minutes scored 6 unanswered tries and 3 drop goal conversions. In a rare foray into the Willies half a defensive kick was charged down in the final minutes and Croydon got a deserved consolation try that they converted from deep.
Final score 46-7.
A dogged display that provided a debut for Luke Edwards and Luke Murray. Both of whom got on the score sheet. With plenty to work on the momentum now build up towards the next friendly - Cranbrook - AWAY - Saturday 5th September.

O.W.R.F.C Squad
1. Lewis Hepper
2. Olly Woolcock
3. Tim Abbott
4. Richard Pearce
5. Victor Williams
6. Danny Routledge
7. Chris Norris
8. Tom Penford
9. Will Burton
10. Callum Bowie (capt)
11. Jeff Lutz
12. Jack Packwood
13. Ben Shears
14. Andy Lyons
15. Luke Edwards
16. Joe Cooke
17. Luke Murray
18. Kris Buckle
19. Reece Price
20. Lawrence Chittil
21. Hasan Javed
22. Reece Hope

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Sat 22, Aug 2015