Match Report v Tonbridge Judds Thursday 14th March – Home.
With fixtures not being played and Canterbury needing to find any time to play catch up, Tonbridge were willing to come over for a floodlit game, so on Thursday evening the two sides kicked off under lights at 7:45. For a quarter of an hour things were fairly even, but the home side looked danferous!
Charlie Grimes found room down the left and scored, but the Captain Hilton failed to convert, 5-0. The visitors had a penalty a few minutes later, but failed to close the gap. The Pilgrims were now beginning to click in the backs, and Alex Miller went over for Hilton to convert, 12-0. This was quickly followed by the first of three tries for Jack Colyer, 21-0. The backs were using their line and the forwards had taken control of what was to be a one-way contest, against a very capable side! Louis Whetton ran onto a pass on the half-way line and accelerated through a gap and ran in the ‘ try of the day’, converted by Hilton, 26-0.
More pressure followed and Jack Colyer got his second, powering down the line, 33-0 at half time. Off came Captain, Hilton, having kicked 4 out of 5 conversions, Dan Gill, Tom Best, Eliott Lusher and Kyan Braithwaite. On came New Captain Cameron Townley, Tommy Murray, Izaac Timms, Alex Meads and Tom Guest, things got even better!
Tyler Oliver went over for Meads to convert, Jarvis Otto then scored to keep his record of a try per game, the score was now 47-0. At this point the Pilgrims took a player off to try out some different plays. Alex Meads then scored and converted after excellent play from Frank Morgan and Charlie Grimes, 54-0. Then Seb Roach peeled off the back of the scrum with the ball and ran round to score, for Meads to convert 61-0.
Still the Pilgrims kept the pressure on a tired Tonbridge team. Jack Colyer scored his third before Izaac Timms picked up the ball in his twenty- two and ran to the Judds twenty-two before he got the ball to Grimes to score his second, Meads missed and the game ended with a thumping 73-0 win.
It was the first time since a friendly in August that the Pilgrims had shut the opposition out of a game! A great result, that still gives the Pilgrims an outside chance of winning the league. A difficult trip to Sidcup, who are top of the league, comes up at the weekend.