Heathfield and Waldron VS Bromley RFC
|Heathfield & Waldron||29||Win|
NARROW LOSS FOR BATTLING BROMLEY AT HEATHFIELD AND WALDRON
Bromley travelled to Heathfield and Waldron on Saturday with a large band of supporters some of whom had stopped along the way for some lunch and this helped to lubricate the lungs. Last week Bromley ones and twos played Beccehamians in two fiercely fought local derbies. Although winning both they paid a heavy price in injuries to players on both sides and that coupled with several unavailabilities meant that only seven starters from last Saturday’s first team game took the field today and the bench was completely different. The front row were only down one of the four but the back five that was selected is probably the youngest Bromley have ever put out. In the backs Pillow moved to scrum half as skipper Scott was not available, neither was fly half Rice meaning that coach Simpson came on board for a cameo appearance, Powell was replaced by Bender and Pope got a start on the wing.
What unfolded was an exciting game in which the score changed hands multiple times. I will post the scores as they occurred with Heathfield first – 0-3, 5- 3, 12-3,12-10, 12-13, 15-13, 15-18, 22-18, 22-25 and finally 29-25. It was probably in the final stages when Bromley got into a lead that the more experienced players who were absent were missed as that cuteness to see games out was not quite there. Having said that all the younger players on show today did the club proud and contributed to a hugely enjoyable game and occasion. Congratulations go to H and W for getting the win right at the death and we sincerely hope that their injured player recovers soon.
As a consequence of all the injuries, call ups to the first team and unavailabilities there was no chance of fielding a second team. The third team however were able to select a squad of twenty. Yes, we have a genuine third team. They were all raring to go and then surprise surprise opposition cried off Friday evening and no time to arrange anything else if indeed there was anything else. Hugely disappointing but symptomatic of what is happening at many grassroots clubs some of which in the southeast no longer seem to exist. Clubs will have to fend for themselves or go under as there is precious little constructive help coming from elsewhere.
On a brighter note, there is a very special Vice Presidents Lunch at the club next Saturday which will be the last for outgoing President Ron Arnold who has fulfilled that role for many years. He has been an outstanding President, highly regarded by all who have come in contact with him and a marvellous friend to many. Even if you cannot attend the lunch, which is now full, he would be delighted if you could come to the game and he can catch up with you later. The firsts are at home to Deal and Betteshangar with a 3.00pm kick off. Every effort will be made to ensure that the other two teams are playing but that will be posted later in the week.
In the future, the twos are supposed to be playing a Kent Shield semi final against Park House or Thanet Wanderers but no news as yet as to how that is unfolding and the ones also are due to partake in some form of cup competition at the end of the league season but again no discernible information on that as yet.