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4th XV - Match centre

Old Gravesendians II
Gravesend IV
Full time
P Gallacher
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - KCRFU Rural Kent & East Sussex League - Division 4 West (Dragonfire)

Gannets finish second best in local derby fixture

Old Gravesendians enjoy second victory over their neighbours in 4 days

The Gannets, taking to field in the unfamiliar colours of red and black, were optimistic of securing a second victory over the Old G's in their penultimate league fixture of the season. Unfortunately that wasn't to be the case as they suffered defeat from a better implementation of their own tactics on the day.

The scoreline does not tell the full story of the match however with the visitors spending the first 35 minutes of the match almost exclusively within the home sides half, only to be denied points a number of times by strong defence or being penalised. To their credit, a strong, aggressive defence was a feature of the Old Gravesendians play the whole afternoon ensuring that the Gannets backline never found enough space to make telling ground and when the home side eventually found their way into the Gannets 22 via a series of penalties they were more clinical scoring a try which was converted on the stroke of half time.

A number of changes at half time and a renewed focus on trying to secure possession looked to reap immediate rewards for the Gannets as they broke from their own half through Ben Ide, before securing a penalty around the 22 which Perri converted to bring the score back to 7-3.

The comeback went no further however as that proved to be the end of the scoring for Gravesend. Old Gravesendians scored two further tries before the bright sunny afternoon turned into a wet and rainy afternoon meaning the Gannets hope of building phases from their own half becoming even harder. Despite further good work there was to be no further score by either side before the final whistle was blown.

Next week will see Ashford visit Gravesend for the final league match of the season.

Key moments

45:00
Penalty Perri Gallacher kicks a penalty for Gravesend IV

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Perri Gallacher kicks a penalty for Gravesend IV
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  • Old Gravesendians II
  • Gravesend IV
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  • Perri Gallacher Penalty 45:00'

Team selection

Gallacher, Perri Gallacher, Perri
Petrauskas, Vidmantas Petrauskas, Vidmantas
Garland, Will Garland, Will
Wootton, Stephen Wootton, Stephen
Beazer, Daniel Beazer, Daniel
Bromley, Dan Bromley, Dan
Baker, Ben Baker, Ben
Percival, Michael Percival, Michael
Abbott, Matthew Abbott, Matthew
Ide, Ben Ide, Ben
Holden, Sam Holden, Sam
Feighery, Jamie Feighery, Jamie
Sargent, Jonathan Sargent, Jonathan
Grant, Daniel Grant, Daniel
Tester, Ashley Tester, Ashley

League round up

Other Division 4 West (Dragonfire) results

Ashford III
W
L
Leigh I
27
22
Aylesford III
Maidstone III
W
L

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Leigh I 17 63
2. Old Gravesendians II 17 53
3. Ashford III 17 52
4. New Ash Green II 17 47
5. Vigo III 18 47
6. Gravesend IV 17 45
7. Gillingham II 16 39

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