Bromley RFC VS Thanet Wanderers
|Thanet Wanderers RFC||00||Loss|
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR BROMLEY
For their first home game of 2023, Bromley welcomed Thanet Wanderers to Barnet Wood Road. The home team showed a number of changes from last week with the return of Smith, Godden and Powell to the squad all of whom have not played for a number of weeks. From the off Bromley looked sharp and on three minutes they turned over a lineout about thirty metres out and the forwards and backs mounted an assault on the try line with eventually the imposing figure of Miles rumbling over near the posts for an easy conversion by Griffiths and the lead established at 7-0. It was all hands to the pumps for Wanderers as a dominant home team put the pressure on at the set pieces meaning they had control of territory and possession. Something had to give and on twenty three minutes Bromley created a flowing move up the left hand side of the park and when winger Griffiths was tackled short of the line Scott snapped the ball up feeding number eight Haisell for a popular score, conversion missed 12-0.
Bromley suffered a setback on thirty three minutes when prop Banfield had to retire and although he limped off the judgement by the older members on the touchline was that he had probably broken a fingernail. He was replaced by Carroll who went on to have a strong game. Shortly before half time the home side created a lovely flowing move. From a lineout they mauled the ball forward and then released the backs, the ball was whizzed down the line to Hawkins who came in from full back to create the space for young Pope to crash over in the corner. Pope has recently broken into the first team squad and impressed today with his enthusiasm and strong jinking running. 17-0 at the break with the team playing good astute rugby when playing up the hill.
For the first twenty minutes of the second half Bromley carried on in the same vein and exerted heavy consistent pressure on a game away side. Four minutes into the second half a huge high kick caused panic inside Thanet’s twenty two and Powell latched onto it. The ball was recycled and after a couple of thrusts a gap was created for Miles to gleefully skip through and score by the posts. The reliable Griffiths somehow managed to hit the post with his conversion from more or less bang in front but these things happen. Four minutes later after a good kick had put Bromley deep into the right hand corner they secured the ball and after it went through the hands to second row and vice captain Brown to dot down. 27-0 up, bonus point secured and plenty of time to go. The general expectation was that Bromley would build on their lead but not to be for a variety of factors.
Thanet, probably deciding the game was lost decided to run any possession they had and their numbers 8 and 9 in particular were causing problems to the excellent home defence. With this came an upsurge in intensity leading to a couple of niggly incidents. Bromley also won this contest being awarded two yellow cards to Wanderers none. No quibbles with the cards but a certain Thanet Wanderers back was very fortunate not to join them. This obviously was a setback for the home side compounded by going to uncontested scrums giving Wanderers free ball in an area where they had been struggling all game. And so the game meandered to its conclusion only to be enlivened by the Thanet full back who went for a little run and stood up Hawkins and wagged a mocking finger at him. Five seconds later he was eating mud pie as two Bromley forwards slammed into him. A well live and learn.
Also at home were the third team who were very pleased to welcome Croydon and after an entertaining game, the threes came out 44-0 winners. The twos had to travel over the road to play Park House who kindly filled in when the second team’s merit table opponents cried off. In a typical hard fought derby the twos deservedly took the spoils 36-5. All in all a super day for the club with three sides out with subs and three wins. The hope and expectation is that we can get three sides out every week as long as they can find someone to play outside of the firsts. The ones travel to Crowborough next week, the seconds do not have a fixture at present and the threes are due to play Charlton Park.