Bromley RFC VS Ashford RFC

Bromley RFC VS Ashford RFC

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Results

ClubPointsOutcome
Bromley RFC17Win
Ashford RFC13Loss
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Bromley RFC VS Ashford RFC

BROMLEY PREVAIL IN BATTLE OF BARNET WOOD ROAD

Bromley have been in good form in recent weeks but they knew they were in for a stern test on Saturday with Ashford being the visitors who the previous weekend had turned over Alleynians one of established teams in this league. The first twenty minutes were extremely attritional with both sides trying to impose themselves but neither really having time on the ball or any real space to work in such was the ferocity of both defences and the hard nosed efforts of both sets of forwards. However on twenty one minutes the home side began to build up a head of steam and launched an attack down the right and Hawkins managed to weave his way towards the line but he was caught but in the ensuing scramble Ashford were penalised. Bromley were quick off the mark and threatened the try line and eventually young Godden, who had a fine game, charged over and with the conversion Bromley were 7-0 up.

As expected Ashford responded but after getting themselves in a good position they shot themselves in the foot when their prop was yellow carded for an illegal shoulder barge. On twenty seven minutes Bromley were awarded a lineout in the Ashford half which led to a flowing backs move with George Hawkins again going close but the forwards recycled the ball quickly and prop Banfield was unstoppable from close range. Conversion missed 12-0. Bromley were playing up the slope and into the wind and had now established a reasonable lead and were looking to get to half time with that advantage but Ashford had other ideas. On thirty minutes the home side were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck. The opposition fly half calmly slotted it. A couple of minutes from the break Ashford had a lineout about twenty metres out which they won cleanly and set up a rolling maul and although Bromley repulsed them on several occasions the pressure was too much and they were in for the try. Bromley 12-8 ahead at half time.

Early in the second half Bromley had a penalty to increase their lead but this was pushed across the face of the posts. The game now entered an intense phase with Ashford trying to impose themselves with multiple attacks but Bromley to a man were heroic in defence not only stopping attacks but driving them back to the extent that the away side appeared to run out of ideas as no matter what they tried they met a black and amber wall. In the sixty seventh minute Bromley were back in the driving seat leading to them being camped on the Ashford line but, as happened far too frequently during the game, they were penalised and the chance gone. However they were not to be denied. One minute later from a clean lineout the backs executed a sweeping move and with Hawkins drawing the remaining cover he released Pillow who stormed down the left hand touchline for a quite brilliant try.

Just over ten minutes and a nine point lead time to shut up shop and manage the game, use the slope, knock the ball into corners and keep Ashford in their half. No it turned into a frantic period of play with Bromley determined to invite Ashford back into the game by giving away penalties being turned over at the ruck and treating the ball like a hot potato. Calm heads were called for but Ashford seemed to have more of those and they began to exert serious pressure. However, the never say die Bromley defence and spirit came to the fore again and they repeatedly repelled the large Ashford forwards who were charging in at every opportunity. Into extra time and still Bromley held out until the final play of the game after multiple attempts one of the opposition forwards flopped over. Conversion missed and a very relieved Bromley team and their supporters could celebrate another win, 17-13, and four points to leave them at the right end of the league table.

This was a real battle between two good sides where no quarter was asked or given. Played in good spirit and well and clearly refereed. Bromley did very well to win but it was not perfect, is it ever, and I am sure the coaches will highlight areas that need some improvement. Bromley have now got themselves in a decent league position after an inauspicious start that must be highly encouraging for them. Congratulations to Banners who completed a full game – good lad. The thirds travelled to deepest Erith and in a hard fought encounter emerged winners by 27-24. It was good to get this game played as Erith have had difficulties and we wish the well in their endeavours. Next week the firsts are away at Cranbrook, the seconds take on Park House and the threes have a game against Shootershillians.

COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH, JOE SIMPSON:

“We were very happy with another win, particularly in difficult conditions against a strong Ashford team. Some weeks the Rugby feels like London 3 and some weeks we have shown we can grind out tight contests against established London 2 teams. We are working hard to keep the ball rolling into what is going to potentially be a conversation-defining month. 

Thanks to the home support who as usual helped to drive the boys forwards!”