Old Gravesndians, Bonus point win
Sittingbourne win in style in First home game of the season.
Sittingbourne looked to their first home game of the season against Old Gravesendians, who narrowly sat below them in the league, to put behind them last weeks away defeat to Dartfordians.
Things started ominously when, similarly to last week, the opposition started brightly and it fell to Harry Williams to make a try saving tackle after 4 minutes to deny an early opportunity for the away team. Old G’s continued pilling on the pressure and took the gifted opportunity of an early penalty to break the deadlock to leave the score at 3-0 after 5 minutes. Unlike the previous week though, Sittingbourne were determined to not let this get them down and 4 minutes later counter-attacked with Poly bursting over the line to take the scoreline to 5-3.
The play for the next 15 minutes was fairly end to end with strong defensive work by Dick and Japhet denying Old G’s any advantage and a missed penalty by Bourne leaving the score remaining the same. It was Old G’s who managed to break the deadlock by converting a forced penalty leaving Bourne behind again at 8-6.Under 10 minutes later though, an Old G’s mistake led to Brad Ford converting the penalty taking Bourne narrowly back into the lead. Bourne looked much brighter this week, and even though Old G’s held the stalemate for the next 15minutes, they looked hard to contain and with strong scrummaging, numerous ball turnovers and excellent lineouts putting on the pressure Old G’s conceded another penalty from a scrum with 1 minute to play which Brad Ford duly converted taking the teams in at half time at 14-6.
With the first half being summed up as fairly even, the second half allowed Sittingbourne to make the most of their opportunities and an injury hit Old Gravesendians suffered the consequences. The home team started brightly with a great run from Stuart P leading to Man of the Match Daniel Huntley driving over for a try in the first 10 minutes and the subsequent conversion from Brad Ford took the score to 21-6. Old G’s were having a tough time containing Stuart P down the right winger, and another run by him 5 minutes later led to another converted try from Poly and Brad Ford taking the score to 28-6. Sittingbourne once again, fielded their father/son combo when coach Owen Nightingale decided to change the front line by bringing on Ford and Rix in replacement for Nutley and Boyce a minute later.
Bourne’s momentum couldn’t be deterred and 5 minutes later they broke again with Chris Nanson and Brad Ford once again converting, allowing time for Roo Nanson to replace the strong in defence Dick Humphries. With the score at 35-6, Bourne continued to pressurise, with Captain Matt Fender dominating every lineout and strong scummaging from the forwards it never looked like Old G’s were going to get back into the game. Their fate was sealed 10 minutes from time when a mistake by Old G’s on their 10m line, once again allowed winger Stuart P to break. The handling practice had obviously paid off from training allowing Matt Fender to drive over the line in the left hand corner to score his second try of the season. With cries of “we want 40” from the sideline, Bourne were on a roll and 5minutes later Stuart P was rewarded for all his efforts breaking once again down the right wing to score a well deserved converted try under the posts. With the score at 45-6, Bourne could be forgiven to taking the last 5 minutes at a slower pace, however a fired up Poly wanted his hat trick, and with 1 minute left to play achieved just that. Brad Ford once again converted taking his tally this season to 10 conversions and leaving the final score at 52-6.
Bourne who now sit 2nd in the table behind Kings College Hospital, travel to Beccahamians next week who despite losing to Shooters Hill 43-14 this weekend will prove to be another tough challenge for the team who will hopefully take inspiration from their great team performance this week.