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Pilgrims 58 Maidstone 0
Maidstone found the Pilgrims eager to prove themselves as they cruised to a third Counties Kent 2 victory. From the off the home side attacked with pace, accurate passing and excellent support play. Harry Andrews got the first of his side’s ten tries, with Ollie Ashley-Jones converting.
After more good possession James Everatt went over to score, Ollie supplied the conversion. Ollie, Will Calder, Tom Halliday and Adrian Geddes then combined to put Max Halliday away for an unstoppable unconverted try; Pilgrims were 19 points up after 15 minutes. It was all Canterbury, and the visitors could not get close to the home side as the ball was moved quickly around. Rob Knott, who was voted supporters ‘man of the match’, was getting involved in everything. He had another outstanding game and is one to watch for the future. The Pilgrims pack were in control and the backs kept running, their fitness is beginning to show, but there is a long way to go ad it is still early season! Gus Lister, making his long awaited debut, went off with a recurring injury, Ross Howard replaced him and there were further changes as Dan Gill joined the front row and Calder got a Yellow card. Once the home side had reorganised they ramped up the pressure which brought Eoin O’Donoghue a converted try. Then second row man Jesse De Vries 70 yards run and try, handing off all tacklers, pushed Pilgrims lead to 31 points at the break. The momentum was sustained in the second half with another five tries and one conversion. Adrian Geddes went over first, Ross Howard got a brace and Tom Halliday completed the family try scoring.
Will Calder, back after his card, was the other try scorer. For the second week running the Pilgrims shut out their opposition. Next Saturday they travel to Hastings and Bexhill.