Kings College vs Lordswood 64-7

Carroll’s at Kings

As the score suggests Lordswood spent much of this game defending which they did admirably. No argument that it was Kings who were the better side on the day but there were many positives for Lordswood to take away and build on.

Lordswood were pinned back in their own 22 from the start and for 15 minutes managed to keep Kings out. Tackle after tackle was made but it was James Carroll and Charlie North, making his first ever start, who really stood out. With the Kings No 8 bearing down on him 10 yards from the line a try seemed inevitable but North made a great hit. Not bad for your first involvement in the action.

Once the Lordswood defence was breached there were a couple of further quick scores which meant the result was effectively decided after half an hour but Lordswood never let their heads drop and never stopped trying. Lordswood’s pack probably just edged the contest up front so there was plenty of ball for the away team. Dave Evans kicked well at fly half and Elliott Steven Bailey again showed he has plenty of pace and ability.

Kings were well drilled and as the game went on their more experienced backs grew in confidence and ran in some impressive tries. Seven out of the 10 were also converted by the on form kicker. Kings were made to work hard though and were at no stage able to run through the middle of the Lordswood defence.

The lineout combination of Matt Callaway and Miles Gibson worked well and from a clean catch Lords set up a maul from which Gareth Lister got Lordswood’s only score just before half time.

With Pat Patrick Edgcumbembe and Billy Davies both playing with injuries it was welcome relief to see the appearance of Connor Gue with 15 minutes remaining. It is somewhat ironic to think that we are about to celebrate Three Wise Men travelling around 800 miles (according to Google) who are guided with pinpoint accuracy to a single stable by nothing more than a star, when 2000 years of progress later, Lordswood’s very own Tony Gue, aided by the latest digital technology is unable to locate Dulwich. Hopefully the President has a camel on his Xmas list and can travel to future away games in the dark.

It almost went unnoticed but it was Pat Edgcumbe’s last game as skipper. Of course he led the team from the front as he always has done.

James Carroll was the outstanding player for Lordswood on the day and well deserved man of the match. At full back he dealt confidently with the high ball, made several try saving tackles and looked threatening in attack. I am reliably informed he did not look so assured at 3.00am this morning in Rochester!

Well done to the 2nds who did slightly more than just fulfil their fixture!

The Boxing day game kicks off at midday and the 2nd January sees the 1s away to Orpington in the Cup,

Have a great Xmas!

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