Trumpets get back on the winning foot
After four hard fought games the mighty Trumpets reassembled to restore morale.
East Peckham came to Donald Biggs drive confident, having just lost to Canterbury the week before, whom the Trumpets narrowly lost to before Christmas, all was to play for.
The conditions were poor the pitch was slippery but 30 men (and a bloke in a pink shirt) took to the park regardless. From the off it was apparent that this was not going to be a walk in the park with both teams running hard lines at each other.
In fact it took 36 minutes before the Trumpets were to cross the line, unfortunately not utilising the ten minutes we had an extra man, due to a high tackle. It was Dadson scoring his first Trumpet try, in the corner, then to be converted by Reis Buckland from the touch line. 7-0 half time.
The second half saw some changes with Sanderson moving to tight head from 6, Walsh at 6 and Gillham coming on at 9. Unfortunately, neither team could complete the final pass and handling errors meant scrum after scrum, until Walshy, returning to the team, gave a penalty within range to bring the score to 7-3. Now the battle was on with every forward picking and going, Buckland clearing lines and 15 men desperately pushing up the park.
Another change at fullback Lund for George Bowler, on his maiden outing. Again East Peckham pushed hard but Trumpets forced the error and kept them at bay, and began pushing back up the park.
Trumpets battled the line only to leave with three disallowed tries, two of which were tries, even East Peckham supporters were heard saying “that is a terrible call, that’s a try”. But nevertheless we battled hard, yet another card was given to the East Peckham centre, and finally after, what felt like 27 last plays the whistle was blown. 7-3 full time.
It was hard to say who would be man of the match, with sterling performances from the forwards, Martin Sanderson, Connor Murphy, Danny O’Sullivan (returning after his ankle injury), Craig Larney, George Gillham, Arron Peckett and our MOM Louie Dadson, who week after week gives his all (turning up sober may have helped). This is not to say that the back line didn’t perform but as you can imagine the conditions made this a very forwards orientated game.
We would like to thank East Peckham for a clean game of Rugby and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.
Special thanks to the two lads who turned up and unfortunately due to lack of subs East Peckham bought, they were unable to play, thanks Joe Cross and Joe Godsell, your support is appreciated and your attitude outstanding.
No game next week, but we are back at Rectory Field the following week to welcome Deal and Betts, our second to last game at Home. So Trumpets and Trumpet family, assemble!!