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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Division 1 South Full time

So Near

T's deserved more

Thurrock welcomed Medway for the first time at league level looking to topple Medway from the top spot in the league albeit this early in the season. Thurrock had the first advantage of a strong wind at their backs and soon had Medway on the back foot defending their line. Only a last-ditch tackle prevented Sonny Gay opening score, however Medway continually failed to find touch with their clearance kicks and the dangerous Thurrock back 3 of White, Barrand and Farrell counter attacked and pinned Medway back. They were rewarded with very kickable penalties but turned these down and although winning the resultant line outs were repulsed by strong Medway defence. Medway had a rare foray into Thurrock territory and Harvey struck the post with a very kickable penalty, which within moments he pushed another wide of the posts. Medway however decided to kick the next opportunity to the corner and were rewarded when a catch and drive resulted in a try for Gardner secure the score. Harvey this time landed the touchline conversion and the visitors led 7-0.
Thurrock came back strongly and in their best period of the match just before the break. scored two excellent tries. The first was scored by Jake Barrand, the other by Sonny Gay the later converted by Barrand to lead 12-7 going into the closing moments of hard fought first half, Harvey land a penalty with the last kick of the half to make the score 12-10
With the wind at their backs Medway kicked deep. Thurrock looked to run out but good pressure from Medway saw them force the error. From the subsequent solid Medway scrum Stubbington broke blind to score a fine individual try under the posts. Harvey converted and Medway were now ahead 17-12.
Thurrock are a strong team and needed no second invitation. They pressed the Medway line hard and once again defence kept the visitors in the game the home side were in the ascendency and when they were awarded a penalty under the posts Barrand took the points to trail by just 2 at 17-15.
From the restart Thurrock knocked on and were then penalised for offside Medway took a long-range penalty attempt Harvey was accurate and extend Medway’s lead to 20-15.
With just 7 minutes to go the visitors found themselves defending their line from wave after wave of pick and go’s and short-range attacks. They conceded penalties and defended the subsequent catch and drives. Thurrock then looked to tap and run but this too was thwarted. Eventually Thurrock made an error and Medway cleared their lines deep into the home 22m.The home sides efforts to break out in the closing minutes saw them turn the ball over. A Harvey drop goal hit the posts then as the home side tried to break out again with time up they conceded another penalty and the chance of a hard-fought victory, had gone. 1 point from the game was little consolation for their efforts but onwards and upwards when CHOBHAM are welcomed to Oakfield this week.

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Sevenoaks 16 39
9. Brighton 16 39
10. Chobham 16 35
11. Old Colfeians 16 27
12. Thurrock 16 26
13. Gravesend 16 18
14. Maidstone 16 16

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