1st XV vs Wimbledon at away

  • Competition: National League 2 South 2017/18
  • Squad: 1st XV
  • Date: Saturday 7th of October 2017 15:00
  • Final Score: 22 - 7

Match Report


                                  WIMBLEDON  7  CANTERBURY 22

The term ‘winning ugly’ was surely designed for this Canterbury performance but they will not be complaining after extending their run of victories to five games. It may not have been the most impressive outing but the city side have now won all three of their games away from home and that is no easy thing in a highly competitive league. Against newly promoted Wimbledon, still adjusting to the demands of a higher level, it might have seemed like a routine assignment .  But in a disappointing first half Canterbury lacked the accuracy and at times the energy to put their stamp on the game. They held the whip hand at scrum and lineout but Wimbledon’s sharp work at the breakdown served them well and the only points came from an Ollie Best penalty goal. They survived a yellow card for scrum half Dan Smart but could make nothing of the sin binning of Wimbledon’s Ben Hough.  Matters improved four minutes into the second half when the back division at last discovered some rhythm and swift handling opened the way for a Charlie Kingsman try which Ollie Best converted from wide out.   In the 55th minute the lead was pushed to a comfortable seventeen points through a second converted try and with Wimbledon offering only isolated threats in attack Canterbury appeared at ease with themselves .It was a good try, created by Smart’s box kick and pressure put on the home defence by the chasing Harry Sayers. A bouncing ball ran loose  and Tom Best was on it in a flash to leave brother Ollie a simple conversion. What could go wrong? Well, two minutes later Wimbledon were allowed back into the match. A penalty gave them field position and close quarter driving ended in skipper Dylan Flashman forcing his way over and James Doe adding the conversion. Canterbury's composure suddenly vanished and they were let off the hook when home wingman Josh Charles dropped a try scoring pass which would have brought Wimbledon even closer. It was a lucky break for the city men but as the game headed towards its close they imposed themselves once again and scored a classy try.  Flanker Seb Clark stole a Wimbledon lineout,  the backs did their business quickly and Aiden Moss marked his return from injury in the best possible way by ghosting past two defenders on his way to the line.

Canterbury: C. Kingsman, K.Thompson, T.Best, W.Farris, H.Sayers (repl A.Moss), O.Best, D.Smart, A.Cooper (repl J.Green), T.Rogers, S.Kenny, R.Cadman,, M.Corker, S.Rogers (repl M,Cantwell), S.Clark, M.Cantwell (repl J.Rigby)

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# Team Pld Pts
1 Cinderford 30 143
2 Chinnor 30 131
3 Redingensians 30 112
4 Taunton Titans 30 101
5 Redruth 30 89
6 Tonbridge Juddians 30 86
7 Worthing 30 81
8 Bury St Edmunds 30 77
9 Henley 30 73
10 Canterbury 30 72
11 Clifton 30 63
12 Old Redcliffians 30 58
13 London Irish Wild Geese 30 57
14 Barnstaple 30 55
15 Wimbledon 30 50
16 Broadstreet 30 35