Aylesford Bulls RFC VS Bromley RFC

Aylesford Bulls RFC VS Bromley RFC



Aylesford Bulls10Loss
Bromley RFC31Win
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Aylesford Bulls RFC VS Bromley RFC


Last season Aylesford Bulls were the only team to beat Bromley in the league in a close and hard fought encounter. So Bromley were well aware that this game would be a challenge. There were a number of changes for the away side namely in the back five of the forwards and in the centres. Wilson moved from number eight to second row and the back row of Godden, Gray and Monk was completely different. Centres Griffiths J and Powell came in for Monk J and Bender who moved to the wing. Although it is probably best to have a settled team it is reassuring to know that there is now a real strength in depth in the squad with a number of younger players putting their hands up and more in the pipeline in a rapidly developing young second team under the dynamic captaincy of Matt Ralph.

It soon became apparent that Bromley had come to play as they dominated large chunks of the first half. Bulls were under early pressure and one of them took a measured stroll off the pitch for a ten minute break after a not very subtle piece of obstruction. Bromley took full advantage and on ten minutes Reagan Monk, playing for the first time since early September, scored an unconverted try. Bromley kept pushing and seven minutes later Bender gleefully slapped the ball down in the corner for another unconverted try. Still the away side kept coming and after twenty eight minutes centre Griffiths J was the beneficiary when the forwards stole an Aylesford lineout and he made try scoring look ridiculously easy. Conversion over and Bromley 17-0 to the good. Finally, there was a response by the Bulls and they put Bromley under a lot of pressure which they repelled with excellent defence. However, the home team were not to be denied and their prop crashed over leaving the half time score at 17-7. Unfortunately, just before the whistle influential hooker Banfield was injured and had to be replaced.

Although Bromley were still the dominant side in the second half the game developed into more of an even contest and with an early penalty to the Bulls being scored the black and ambers only had a seven point cushion which was probably not a fair reflection of what had unfolded. This was put right very quickly when strong running fly half Rice crashed over and Griffiths A converted to give the scoreline a truer look. The next thirty minutes or so was highlighted by good defence by both sides but in the final play of the game Bromley broke out and Griffiths A happily took the final pass to score and fittingly kicked the conversion to complete a good day for him, the team, the coaches and the fair number of supporters who had made the trip. Good to report that Banners made it back onto the field for the final few minutes. Next week the hope is he manages to stay on for the full eighty!!!

This was a competent, good all round performance by Bromley and they are learning rapidly how to manage games in this league. Next week they look forward to entertaining Ashford at home before one of the rest Saturdays the following week. The second team had a friendly away at Beckenham who having encountered the twos earlier in the season decided to go up to battalion strength in selecting 28 players. No matter the young bucks gave it a good crack and only lost by a couple of scores. We wish Aylesford and Beckenham well for the remainder of the season. Next week the seconds play Southwark Lancers at home and the thirds are away at Erith.