Old Gravesendians vs Lordswood 29-33

Lords win away!…….

But only just Old Gravesendians 29 Lordswood 33 Only a draw could prevent this from being a landmark game for one of the sides. Lordswood who haven’t won away and OGs who haven’t won at all.

Lordswood lost the toss and were asked to play up the steep slope and into the wind.

3 first half tries, all converted and a penalty from the home side were scored in response to Lordswood’s opening try from James Carroll in the very first minute of the game.

Lordswood defended hard and also suffered the loss early on of influential open side flanker Callum Austen Watkins. The whole team defended doggedly with Paul Hyland and Miles Gibson leading the way. Lordswood conceded a number of penalties and were fortunate to escape a yellow card and OGs must have felt slightly hard done by when their prop was sent to the bin after half an hour for preventing a quick penalty in midfield.

At half time a deficit of 24 – 7 looked like a big margin and OG’s were not playing like a side without a league win. Their backs were creating overlaps and the signs were ominous for Lordswood.

To quote the old cliché though, this was a game of two halves. Lordswood came out and immediately took the initiative with Paul Notley crashing through the despairing OG’s defence. Lordswood were now the team on top and OG’s appeared to dislike the slope as much as the visitors had.

Ben Venables edged Lords closer with a try from a rolling maul and they drew level with a break through the middle from Matt Iles. James Dorman’s conversion put Lordswood into the lead 24 – 26.

Lordswood were now playing some fluent rugby, they had the most of the ball so were not conceding penalties. Eyebrows were raised a little therefore when Matt Iles was sin binned at a seemingly routine ruck in the OG’s half.

The numerical advantage spurred OG’s on and they made it count to reclaim the lead 29 – 26.

Back to full numbers and with time ticking way Lordswood were not done and Paul Hyland scored the try to put Lordswood back in front. James Dorman nailed the conversion to set the seal on an excellent kicking performance.

With time running out OG’s tried to get themselves back into it. The final conversion from Dorman meant that a penalty was not enough so they were forced to run. Reaching for the Lordswood line the OG No 8 thought he had got the score but the referee adjudged a double movement.

Michael Scafe cleared the Lordswood lines and the win was secured.

Man of the match could easily have gone to any of the Lordswood team, Jamie Hoare making a welcome return, Paul Hyland, Miles Gibson to name but a few but it once again went to winger, James Carroll, who is impressing in every game he plays.

30th January 1sts home to Vigo and 2nd s away to Maidstone.

Both kick off at 2pm.

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