Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Gannets
Or maybe that should be Hyde and Jekyll as a horrendous first half display is mirrored by an exemplary second half.
When you consider that the Gannets put 50 past the Bulls in their previous encounter,you could forgive them for thinking that they'd be in for an easy afternoons work at home in front of their 10s of supporters on the 1st team pitch.The reality,for the first half at least,was by and large a horror show until a half time bollocking and reality check saw the Gannets pull their heads out of their backsides and do what they're more than capable of doing to any team on their day.
Early Gees offensive pressure saw them draw the penalty around the 22 which Perri dispatched.That which followed was arguably the sloppiest play from the Gannets that had been seen for many a month as penalty after penalty saw the Bulls march downfield and threaten the home line.Knock ons,not releasing the ball carrier or even Rich Mayhew laying starfished on the ball carrier,it was all there as the home side repeatedly shot themselves in the foot allowing the visitors to eventually cross the line for 3-5 after 10 minutes or so.
There was a brief glimpse of what was to come when a Gees lineout just inside the Bulls half was taken in and the trademark rolling maul took the ball to the 5 where Rich Mayhew offloaded in the tackle (seriously,i'm not making this up) to Harry Gilham for the score.Harry,by the way,loves playing for the Gannets and wishes he could do so every week.
This,however was a brief respite as things quickly went tits as the penalties and indeed the moaning and complaining started flowing as the visitors scored two tries,one converted.To be fair,it was no more than they deserved for their composure as the Gannets temporarily imploded.Matters were further compounded with the binning of rohan paul towards the end of the half for a high tackle.
A 10-15 defecit at the half saw a frank exchange of views in the huddle and the introduction of Gary Curran...did you hear that he was on the radio on Friday morning not getting a Christmas Tree tattooed on his leg? A rather 'content' looking Martin Taylor entered the fray along with Pete Stone.
The second half? Now that was a different kettle of fish,day to the first halves night as the ball was received from the kickoff and phase after phase rained down upon the shellshocked Bulls,led of course by Gary 'I was on the radio yesterday' Curran and ably supported by Percy,Toby and someone else who I can't remember.Now it was Aylesfords turn to concede penalties as a tap on the 5 was converted by Percy in the corner to even things up.
With the bit between their teeth the Gannets kept the scoreboard (not in use today) ticking over when Rohan wriggled his way through would be tacklers like a really wriggly thing,maybe an eel or perhaps a ferret?...for the first of his debut senior brace.A dirty pint awaits by the way.He needn't think he's getting out of that one.
A couple from Perri followed as the Gees hit their stride before the Predator left the field with a Shuttlewood-esque egg on his heed,courtesy of Paddy,who was on Absolute radio yesterday morning incase you didn't know,as is Gannets SOP.
A further try for Rohan,despite the protestations of wee Ash Tester to pass to him because he was open or something,finished off proceedings as the home team eventually ran in 41 points,a feat that looked highly unlikely in the first half.Maybe the Gannets were distracted by the ridiculously short shorts on an unusually attractive (female) hockey player on the adjacent pitch?
Or maybe that was just me.
Until next time.......