Vandals squad just miss out to Marlow..

Vandals squad just miss out to Marlow..

By Keith Crabb
7 September
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....last kick of the game loss... by John Farrow


Weybridge Vandals RFC-24 pts - Marlow RFC 26 pts.

For the second week in succession Vandals lost by the slim margin of two points. But the players and coaches will not be overly disappointed. Marlow, one league above Vandals, were taken all the way and it was not until the final play of the game that they scored their winning try.
Vandals had had a chance to put the game beyond reach in the final seconds, but opted to attack from a very kickable penalty, unfortunately they were unable to breach Marlow’s defence, and the visitors moved upfield from the breakdown to score an equalising try with the conversion for the win as the last kick of the game.

Vandals began in spirited fashion with centre Harry Weatherall making a sniping break, and the same player opened his side's account shortly afterwards, after a sublime pass from fly half Joe Spencer. Marlow, stunned by this early reverse, shook off the shackles, and put Vandals under pressure, gaining four quick penalties, but the home side defended solidly, and fighting their way up field through slick passing and support, scrum half Dan Wellden darted over for a second Vandals try which Weatherall again converted to give a lead of 14 points. Then shortly after, prop Josh Thomas, as well as using his strength in the set scrums, powered his way towards the try line, and from the recycled ball, winger Steve Harrison stormed away to score.

Although Marlow were under pressure in the scrums, they had some ascendancy in the lineouts and driving mauls, which paved the way for their first try. Following on into In the third twenty minute session, Vandals stretched the lead to 24 points to 7, after Marlow’s line out skills for once eluded them, and Joe Spencer pounced to score for a Harry Weatherall to once again at the extras.

With a healthy lead, coach Damian Porter rang the changes to ensure all 30 members of the squad got plenty of game time. This no doubt helped Marlow to gain the upper hand, and having rallied to get within a converted try of victory at 24-19 they duly got that score for a win what seemed highly unlikely a few minutes earlier.

It was a worthy attitude by Damian Porter to ask the players to run the ball from the final penalty, he will continue to promote this positivity starting with two matches against Windsor and Met Police and expect this confidence to extend into the league season with the first game on Saturday the 18th of September

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