Lewes vs Crowborough
On a gloriously warm and sunny Sunday morning we were welcomed with an equally warm welcome from our hosts. Over the years we have forged strong links with Crowborough having enjoyed numerous joint training session/friendlies over the years with both coaching teams getting to know each other’s squads.
Unfortunately this time Crowborough numbers were severely depleted having picked up 3 injuries in their 1st game of the season last week and a further injury to one of their players during the week. Therefore with only 15 regular players and one very recent newcomer to their squad they knew it would be a tough game. In a testament to the character they would later show in the game they still took to the field to fulfil the fixture in the full knowledge they might struggle.
Lewes in contrast were almost at full strength with only one player unavailable and were keen to rectify by their own standards a below par performance last week. During the 1st half Lewes played to their potential with the forwards committing to the breakdown in numbers securing quick ruck ball to release to the backs which they duly exploited with 6 tries. The 1st was George in the corner showing a renewed confidence to ‘back himself’ and head for the corner flag, Ollie was not to be outdone who then scored the next 2 with Nick then wanting to get in on the act scoring the next 2. Ben Goode scored before the break and also putting in a great kicking display converting all bar 2 resulting in a 36-0 score at the break. Given the balance of the game it was then an opportunity to empty the bench and allow plenty of game time in the 2nd half for those that didn’t start.
Ben Goode opened up the scoring early in the 2nd half capitalising on the forwards having created the attacking platform from an excellent ruck on the half way line. Another couple of tries from Ollie and Nick with conversions to boot meant it was quickly 50-0. It looked like to was possibly about to become a too much of a one sided a game. Crowborough then showed some real character and rallied to produce their finest 10/15 minutes of the game. They kept possession well, launched their strong runners in attack and only some great cover tackles, try line defending and will to kept a clean sheet kept them off the score sheet.
Late in the half however Lewes having had the benefit of more subs and not as much defending to do finished the stronger in the last 5-10 minutes with another couple of tries. The forwards were rewarded for their work at the ruck with Reuben touching done after Giles having started the forward driving for the line just inside the opposition 22. The last try was against Ollie running in a Crowborough kick then didn’t make touch.