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4th XV - Match centre

Aylesford III
Gravesend IV
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Unknown (4), G Curran, S Wootton (2), P Gallacher
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P Gallacher (6)
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - KCRFU Rural Kent & East Sussex League - Cinque Division 4 West

Away win for Gannets to get first league victory under their belts

12 tries shared between two teams on large main pitch at Aylesford made for entertaining game of rugby

After struggling again to gather enough players in the early part of the week the Gannets were pleased to see the return of Mike Woodbine, Craig Duvana, Harry Redsell and Martin Riley at Aylesford after their absence from the side for various reasons. It was also welcome to see first games for Gravesend's fourth team for Ringo at tighthead prop, Josh Sclanders at 9/wing and Dean on the wing before his shift into the centre.
The rest of the side was made up from more regular Gannets with Dan Grant having his occasional relocation to centre, Ben Baker and Gareth Williams forming the starting half back pairing, Steve Wootton and Perri Gallacher completing the backs and Mayhem, Paddy, Garrick, Sam and Jamie completing the pack.
Once the side had been pulled together the Gravesend side gathered their 15 players for kick off and sent the ball down towards the opposition 22. The ball was stolen in the first ruck by one of the Gravesend forwards and the visitors advanced into the opposition 22. A couple of phases later and Dean scored his first try in Black & White, which was converted by Perri. An uncharacteristically fast start by Gravesend suggested the match might be there for the taking but to Aylesford's credit they fought back quickly with their strong running backline, getting over for a couple of quick tries in response.
After more phase play Gravesend found themselves with a penalty advantage in front of the Aylesford posts. Ignoring the overlap out wide, fly half Ben Baker tried for 3 points with a drop kick. The drop kick was appalling but fortunately Paddy remained alert to the ball staying in play to dive on the squirming ball for a try. Perri converted to bring the scores back to level.
More space between Ben Baker in the 10 position and the forwards saw the home side cross for another try and retake the lead before Steve Wootton crossed the line for his first try of the match following a nice blindside move by the Gravesend backline to bring the score to 21-19. A further try by Ringo just before half time only left time for Dan Grant to slip on the wet floor in the rain and injure his knee.
A reshuffle at half time in the backs saw Garrick channel his inner Jack Nowell for a spell on the wing.
Gravesend picked up where they left off at the beginning of the second half to open up a lead with a well rehearsed move between Josh and Ringo at the base of the ruck taking the score to 31-21 with the conversion. Rather than pushing on Gravesend again allowed Aylesford back into the match as they scored another converted try. Continued pressure from Aylesford saw them spending a lot of time in the Gravesend 22 looking to retake the lead and secure the potentially decisive score. To the credit of the whole pack, which was dominant all afternoon -especially in the scrum, Gravesend were able to turn the ball over and clear their lines. A few phases later saw Steve Wootton and Dean add their respective second tries, both converted by Perri before the fullback scored his own try with a run from our half which he also converted before the final whistle was blown to complete his personal 17 point haul.
Credit must go to Aylesford for a good spirited, competitive match and hopefully they will not be too downhearted as they were in with a chance of winning right up until the visitors secured three quick tries at the end. We will look forward to the return fixture as hard fought matches like this are what this league should be made up of.
On the Gravesend side there were too many strong performances to name any individual as a standout player so I will just repeat the thanks I gave to the 17 guys that turned up at the end of the game for putting in a performance and getting the win.
After three away games to begin the season, the Gannets look forward now to the visit of Maidstone next week for their first home league match.

Key moments

2:00
Try Try for Gravesend IV
3:00
Conversion Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
5:00
Try Try for Aylesford III
6:00
Conversion Conversion for Aylesford III
15:00
Try Try for Aylesford III
16:00
Conversion Conversion for Aylesford III
25:00
Try Gary Curran scores for Gravesend IV
26:00
Conversion Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
30:00
Try Try for Aylesford III
31:00
Conversion Conversion for Aylesford III
35:00
Try Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend IV
38:00
Try Try for Gravesend IV
45:00
Try Try for Gravesend IV
46:00
Conversion Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
55:00
Try Try for Aylesford III
56:00
Conversion Conversion for Aylesford III
60:00
Try Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend IV
61:00
Conversion Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
70:00
Try Try for Gravesend IV
71:00
Conversion Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
75:00
Try Perri Gallacher scores for Gravesend IV
76:00
Conversion Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 28 - 52
Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
75:00 Try 28 - 50
Perri Gallacher scores for Gravesend IV
71:00 Conversion 28 - 45
Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
70:00 Try 28 - 43
Try for Gravesend IV
61:00 Conversion 28 - 38
Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
60:00 Try 28 - 36
Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend IV
56:00 Conversion 28 - 31
Conversion for Aylesford III
55:00 Try 26 - 31
Try for Aylesford III
46:00 Conversion 21 - 31
Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
45:00 Try 21 - 29
Try for Gravesend IV
End of period 1
38:00 Try 21 - 24
Try for Gravesend IV
35:00 Try 21 - 19
Stephen Wootton scores for Gravesend IV
31:00 Conversion 21 - 14
Conversion for Aylesford III
30:00 Try 19 - 14
Try for Aylesford III
26:00 Conversion 14 - 14
Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
25:00 Try 14 - 12
Gary Curran scores for Gravesend IV
16:00 Conversion 14 - 7
Conversion for Aylesford III
15:00 Try 12 - 7
Try for Aylesford III
6:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Conversion for Aylesford III
5:00 Try 5 - 7
Try for Aylesford III
3:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Perri Gallacher kicks a conversion for Gravesend IV
2:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Gravesend IV
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As it happened

  • Aylesford III
  • Gravesend IV
  • 0
  • Try 2:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Conversion 3:00'
  • Try 5:00'
  • Conversion 6:00'
  • Try 15:00'
  • Conversion 16:00'
  • Gary Curran Try 25:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Conversion 26:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Conversion 31:00'
  • Stephen Wootton Try 35:00'
  • Try 38:00'
  • Try 45:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Conversion 46:00'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 56:00'
  • Stephen Wootton Try 60:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Conversion 61:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Conversion 71:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Try 75:00'
  • Perri Gallacher Conversion 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks IV 11 42
2. Swanley I 11 38
3. Edenbridge I 11 35
4. Sheppey II 10 28
5. Gravesend IV 11 28
6. Gillingham II 10 27
7. Old Gravesendians II 11 26

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