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1st XV - Match centre

Sittingbourne
King's College Hospital
D Humphreys, D Gaunt
Full time
Sat 3 Nov 14:15 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1

Sittingbourne topple top of the league Kings

Some heroic defence helps Bourne keep 100% home record.

Excellent all round performance as Bourne defeat top of the league Kings

Saturday saw mid table Sittingbourne welcome top of the league Kings College Hospital to the Grove. With Kings coming in off the back of 2 consecutive losses which had recently marred their impressive 100% start to the season, Bourne were prepared for them to come back with vengeance.

Kings determination to put the previous results behind them was obvious from the kick off, with them quickly hitting the Bourne defence hard. Bourne stood fast and some excellent defensive work from Dan Huntley, Stuart Plaster and Justin Rix saw Kings efforts go all in vain. With the game being played very much end to end, Kings too demonstrated their defensive strengths by denying Bourne from getting points on the score sheet. Kings looked the most dangerous towards the end of the first half when some excellent, quick passing allowed them to break deep into the Bourne half; only further excellent on the line defensive work led to a try being held up and allowing time for Bourne to regroup. With the first half drawing to a close and the score all level, Kings conceded a penalty and Brad Ford converted to leave the score at 3-0 at half time.

After the first half being a very hard fought game across the whole pitch, the second half was very much Bourne’s for the taking. From the kick off, Kings again conceded a penalty which Brad Ford once again expertly converted taking the score line to 6-0. With only one score required to overtake Bourne, Kings knew the game was very much still open and tried everything to break Bourne’s steely defence. Bourne though, continued with exerting pressure on the away side’s defence and it wasn't long before an unforced error allowed Brad Ford to take the points to 9-0. The home side buoyed by the score, pressed Kings even further and 3 minutes later got what they were looking for when the birthday boy Dick Humphreys crashed over the line taking the score to 14-0. Unfortunately Bourne were reduced to 14 men shortly after, when Chris Tombs was sent off whilst covering in defence, despite this and even though very much the smaller of the sides, Bourne in all bar a few of the scrums dominated, much as the pack have all season. Whilst Kings continued to throw everything they had at the home side the 14 man defence were strong and despite being 1 man down looked the most dangerous. Their efforts were once again rewarded 20 minutes later with Deane Gaunt scoring the second try of the game and Brad Ford converting. With Tombs returning to the field of play, Bourne continued to press, only to be again reduced to 14 men when Justin Boyes was also yellow carded. Kings continued to try and break through but Bourne’s super human defence stood strong and with the final play of the game, the score line finished at 28-0 when Benjamin Lee scored a converted try on his debut for the first team.

With every player playing their best across the whole pitch in both attack and defence, it was hard to pick one man of the match, however the accolade was given to Dan Huntley for his sustained performance. Saturday was also Presidents day at the Club, and what better way to reward them....with a fantastic performance and win!

Key moments

52:00
Try Dick Humphreys scores for Sittingbourne
71:00
Try Deane Gaunt scores for Sittingbourne
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As it happened

  • Sittingbourne
  • King's College Hospital
  • 0
  • Dick Humphreys Try 52:00'
  • Chris Tombs Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Deane Gaunt Try 71:00'
  • Justin Boyes Yellow Card 74:00'

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Hastings & Bexhill
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Old Gravesendians
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Dartfordians 20 80
2. Beccehamian 20 72
3. Hastings & Bexhill 20 64
4. Cranbrook 20 57
5. Sittingbourne 20 53
6. Old Gravesendians 20 47
7. Shooters Hill 20 46

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