It was a bright and sunny day in Beckenham and the team were feeling excited and nervous. It was always going to be a grudge match between Lewes and Beckenham with scores historically being tight between the two teams.
Lewes looked composed from the off and were quickly pushing Beckenham back.
The forwards had their first scrum of the season and it was strong and stable. It build a solid platform for the backs to work their magic.
Lauren Arthur came on for and injured Chip and within minutes put lewes ahead. A conversion from Josie Nelder saw Lewes take the lead 7-0
Beckenhams response was swift. They punched holes in lewes’ defence and scored but failed to convert.
Lewes stayed positive throughout and worked hard to retain position. Their structure and game plan allowed for Nicola mintchell to storm across the line.
The forwards provided safe clean ball for the backs and scrum half Alice Crowe Wright controlled the tempo of the game beautifully. Josie Nelder’s boot kicked us out of trouble and she also ran in a try before half time. Lewes went in to the second half up at 21-7.
The second half only grew in intensity. The forwards looked sharp and had some excellent ball carries. The backs ran some beautiful moves which kept Beckenham guessing.
A cheeky pop from Cat Thompson to Abi Radford created yet another try.
Lewes were feeling confident and were looking sharp but Beckenham were not giving up easily. They continued to test our defence with some hard hitting runs. They are a very physical and well drilled team with a solid line out.
With Lewes working so well as a team, Lauren Arthur found herself with ball in hand and sprinted to the try line.
The battle was still alive. Second row Sam Gottardi spotted a gap and ran in a try which was converted by Josie Nelder. The score was now 38-5.
Lewes kept their heads and the full time whistle was blown. It was a real team performance with outstanding contributions from every single player.
Match report: Hannah Boss
Photo: Monique Jensen