Pilgrims vs Sidcup 2
Another hard fought game at the Marine travel ground. The Pilgrims started well, but with wind, a wet surface and a slippery pitch, they knocked on too often. Then from a line out, the ball got to Vaughn Meredith, who skipped past the Sidcup defence to score a good try, but Ollie Ashley-Jones failed to convert, 5-0.
Vaughn then went on a 40 metres run, a few more good runs followed, then Ollie got involved with a kick and chase, which just ran out before he and Sherif got there!
Then Sidcup got to grips with the wet and windy conditions. Some poor play by the home side allowed the visitors to gain some territorial advantage. Canterbury then put some great drives together, but could not break the Sidcup defence. Then after another good set of drives, Jack Weaver dived over for a great try, this time Ollie hit the crossbar, 10-0.
The game was getting scrappy, penalties were given to both sides, Pilgrims were playing some good rugby, but were making poor choices in the conditions. Ollie Finn and Jake Dengate were making good yardage. The half-time lead of 10-0 was poor, the second half was going to be interesting!
Early Sidcup pressure, a certain try was avoided because they dropped the ball just short of the line! Within a minute they had scored a converted try, 10-7. Things were not looking good for the home side! Canterbury got a penalty and Ollie Ashley-Jones kicked, 13-7. Within minutes Sidcup got a penalty, between the posts, but missed. Could this be the Pilgrims lucky day. The home side were getting the rough end of the deal in many decisions, maybe it was not going to be their day!
Lots of penalties, but no cards.
Then after a lot of pressure, and a decision going their way, for once, Jake Dengate, Man of the Match, scored, Ollie converted 20-7. Jesse de Vries was leading the pack, Vaughn Meredith was leading the backs, a good team performance, with decisions just not going their way!
In the dying minutes Dan Gill received a Yellow card, but the game was won, but without a bonus point. The pilgrims moved back into third place, the leaders Sevenoaks. Lost to Park House, the league is hotting up.
This weekend Westcombe Park visit the Marine Travel ground. Don’t miss another clash of the Titans. Kick off 3:00 under lights. Book a lunch on line. Have a day out.
Won 20-7 (H-T 10-0) Ollie Ashley-Jones 2+3 (5), Dengate, Weaver, Meredith 5.