The visitors, Old Elthamians, brought a young development side down to The Marine Travel ground and started much better than the home side. Slowly the Pilgrims got into the game after resolute defending. Frank Morgan coming onto the ball at pace on a number of occasions, including one 50 metre run. Then Jack Weaver went on a darting run and fed Ross comfort for the opening try, the kick missed, 5-0.
Weaver then made another weaving run, this time breaking free himself and scoring for Miller to convert, 12-0. Almost immediately Miller gave his pass a tad late, and it was easily intercepted for 60 metre try, which was converted, 12-7.
The Pilgrims then had more opportunities to score before Tom Guest dived over in the corner for another uncoverted try, 17-7. Frank Morgan then went off with a dead leg to allow Sam Goatley his Debut for Canterbury. On the stroke of half-time O.E’s scored from a push over try, to draw close at 17-12, an excellent first half for both teams.
Canterbury Pilgrims started the second the better, with Sam Goatley making 30 metres. Soon after Ben Nash sniped from the back of a ruck and powered over, for Miller to miss, again! 22-12. The visitors then played their part and looked dangerous and should have been given a penalty try after a great pack push was brought down short of the line.
At the close James Paton-Smith scored a superb try under the posts for Kyan Braithwaite to convert. Pilgrims winning 29-12, a well deserved win and a good start to the Invicta league campaign. The backs played good early ball and the Team kept much better possession, the forwards were having trouble in the scrums, but overall a good day at the office. Next weekend they travel to Beckenham.