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4th XV - Match centre

Gravesend IV
Old Gravesendians II
D Grant
Sat 16 Feb 14:30 - KCRFU Shepherd Neame Rural Leagues - Five Grain Division 4 West Full time

A tale of two centres


Despite dominating possession and territory for large portions of the game,it was the visitors midfield tandem that ultimately proved to be the difference.

Rumour and innuendo had it that the OGs were struggling for players to fulfil this fixture during the week,hence the Gannets arriving and finding the changing room across the corridor full of unemployed Swans kitting up for the neighbours.However,a late influx of players gave their squad an altogether more healthy look and the Gannets gratefully picked up said Swans to boost their options from the bench.The Old boys elected to keep hold of Vaughan and Mike Murray, a man that defies popular stereotypes of the scouse man by being not especially chirpy and In full time employment.

The game may well have taken a turn in a different direction had Matt Clarke's early try,following excellent build up play and a well worked overlap by Dan Grant,not being disallowed for a forward pass.The ref's always right as they say,especially this one who had a good game to be fair to him and who also looked a tad like Jeremy Corbyn if he were a wizard that refereed on his weekends off.

The pressure from the Gravesend pack eventually had the Old Boys pinned back inside their own 5 but instead of electing to clear,they used their aforementioned young and pacy midfield duo to outstrip their old and non pacy oppenents for a length of the field score and a 0-5 lead at the interval.To their credit,the Gees held on with 14 men until the break after losing Carl Sells to the bin for being repeatedly offside at the breakdown,all this despite Steve Woottons protestation that he wasn't doing it intentionally,he's just really 'kin' old and takes a bit longer to get back behind the back foot.

The first act of the second half saw the Gannets effectively camped inside the OGS 22 where a combination of great defensive cover,poor decision making and dropped balls contrived to keep the Gannets from crossing the line.Dan Grant eventually settled for a penalty to reduce the arrears to 3-5 and the Gannets were back at it again until a breakway from the centres,again following a telegraphed Dan Grant pass saw the visitors charge up the field for their second score.This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Gannets and it wasn't long before a penalty conceded at the 5 was conceded by a shattered defence.

Plenty of positives to be taken from the game though,not least Jetskis mate,Matt in his first game of Rugby putting in a decent performance in both attack and defence,Lloydy turning defence into attack,making 30 or so metres before sitting Vaughan down,all of this despite having a running gait similar to a man with both legs in plaster upto the groin and who could forget the pinpoint accuracy of the throws of Neil 'Tom Brady' Martin ...sorry how old is he...?...Neil 'Bart Starr' Martin.His line outs were,i promise you,as straight as an arrow.If that arrow were shaped like a banana.

There were,of course some downsides,not least Steve Wootton's bad case of the dropsies,Dan Grant not washing his knees in the showers post game because he can't see them and the fact that the game seemingly went to ratshit when Mayhem went off (his opinion).Senior,not junior as he's now robbed by the twos in another case of asset stripping by the club...on the plus side,it means that we got shot of Sargey.

Every cloud and all that.

Until next time.

Key moments

Penalty Daniel Grant kicks a penalty for Gravesend IV


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55:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Daniel Grant kicks a penalty for Gravesend IV
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  • Gravesend IV
  • Old Gravesendians II
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  • Daniel Grant Penalty 55:00'

Team selection

Kurszewski, James Kurszewski, James
Sells, Carl Sells, Carl
Wootton, Stephen Wootton, Stephen
Beazer, Daniel Beazer, Daniel
Grant, Daniel Grant, Daniel
Taylor, Martin Taylor, Martin
Welsh, Martin Welsh, Martin
Clarke, Matt Clarke, Matt
Feighery, Jamie Feighery, Jamie
Mayhew, Richard Mayhew, Richard
Tester, Ashley Tester, Ashley
du Toit, Pierre du Toit, Pierre
Woodbine, Ben Woodbine, Ben

League round up

Other Five Grain Division 4 West results

Tonbridge Juddian III
Canterbury IV
Tunbridge Wells IV
Aylesford III
Vigo III


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
5. Old Gravesendians II 18 48
6. Aylesford III 18 46
7. Vigo III 18 38
8. Gravesend IV 18 33
9. New Ash Green II 18 32
10. Cliffe II 18 29
11. Tunbridge Wells IV 0 0

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