Trumpets Start the Year with a Win
Gravesend 3XV overcome a spirited and tough Deal and Betts side in the first fixture of 2017
First week back after Christmas and with some beer bellies (mine) looking a little larger than they were 3 weeks ago, the Trumpets were faced with a Deal and Bettshanger second team who gave them a tough game at the very start of the season.
The game started with some early Trumpet pressure, the line out was working well and a long driving maul allowed the forwards to try to set up camp in the Deal 22. The Trumpets however could not make this early pressure pay and a mixture of silly mistakes and strong Deal defence meant they came away unrewarded.
The game seemed to ebb and flow in that fashion for most of the first half with possession changing hands regularly and most of the action being contained in the middle of the field. It was from the boot of Jon Cokell that the first points came, with a penalty from in front of the posts around 35m out. 3-0 Gravesend.
The line out was the highlight of the day and through that solid platform the G's attacked with force, despite again meeting the
wall of Deals defence, Craig 'Cumander' Larney managed to bash his way over the line for the only try of the game, duely converted by Mr Cokell, 10-0.
The rest of the game, helped by various mistakes and stoppages, was a bit of a stalemate. Possession was changing hands regularly and both teams were knocking on the door, however the G's managed to keep their defence water tight. Another Cokell penalty early in the second half extended the G's cushion to 13-0, which was how it stayed until the final whistle.
One thing the Trumpets will need to look at is the large amount of penalties that they gave away throughout the game. With the fixtures coming up, discipline is going to be key to their potential success.
Mentions go to Big Haff, returning to the team after over a year out with injury. Biggest Little Haff for a man of the match performance and Tom Morgan for another great performance on the wing.
Dick of the Day Jamie Fautley, was conspicuous by his absence in the bar after, but Lewis Sayward being the team player he is (un-willingly) stepped up and took the customary pint for him.
Next week see's the Trumpets take on top of the table Thanet in a must win clash down on the Kent coast.