Picture the scene ..... Cold, wet, windy with a mixed smell and musky men and deep heat radiating through the air - perfect rugby conditions at fortress Spinney lane.
Both teams were visibly well up for this cup fixture, Snowdown actually making the effort to have the right numbers on their backs!!!!
With the pleasantry's out of the way the Snowdown captain was instantly on the offensive with an early win in the coin toss (everyone know this is the captains most important job of the day). Snowdown chose ends - Sittingbourne elected to kick.
The red and blue hoops wasted no time at all imposing their selves on the opposition with yet again big tackles being put in all around the park.
The home team were given a slight set back early on in the first have with experienced tight head prop Carl Ambrose suffering a calf injury - this paved way for master of the dark arts Benjamin Broadhurst to come on (slightly earlier than planned, as he makes his way back to full match fitness* after a long term injury).
Although the girls in the backs had another shuffle about due to player unavailability, it did not seem to change the way the ladies played strong runs from both centers (Kyle ran backwards at one point just so that he could bump off hiss opposite number that he had already just beaten) - wingers were flying all round the park with Nick regularly coming off his wing to get involved, and full back Gareth Billy Elliott Bramwell waltzing around the pitch as if he was about to debut in the west end - Jordan's dad's a fireman (true story).
At half time the score was 21- 0 but make no assumptions Snowdown were made to work hard for every point - with big performances being put in by Jamie Clarinbold and Patrick Broadhurst the new 2nd row engine room pairing - although it was noted that Jamie did find it hard to keep up with the sheer pace of the Snowdown skipper, who was relentless at the breakdown.
Second half came and the travelling side showing that it is not by luck that they are currently sitting at the top of the league. They had a change at front row and I'm pretty sure the prop was an expert in origami and he folded Richard Blackburn into a little box many times throughout the 2nd half.
Snowdown were rattled and reverted back to the ways of old for a stint in the second half - more interested in what was going on after the ball rather than keeping the eye on the prize, which allowed Sittingbourne back into the game. Kicking 2 penalties into the corner and driving over twice from short distance and earning there selves some points.
The red and blue's however stuck it out to become eventual winners - their prize ..... Old Williamstonians in the next round.
Man of the Match was a hard one to choose - but it was given to Ben Broadhurst for his superb performance throughout plus a couple of spine tingling tackles - great to have you back cousin.
D**k of the day - Cary Jackson for blatantly letting himself get dump tackle (I think he done it for the free knewky brown)
Bonjour for now,
Oh yeah and apparently Snowdown's 9 played alright....