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1st XV - Match center

St Albans
Cheshunt
Full time
A Clark, D Gardener, B Bolton, S Rule, J Bailey
R Shoobridge
Sat 22 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West

London 3 North/West 22nd October 2016

St Albans 30 Cheshunt 27


Cheshunt started the game well and certainly finished with a flourish, which nearly pinched a result they barely deserved, for large parts of the game they were pinned inside their own half. From the kick off the visitors slowly worked their way up field, three consecutive penalties allowed Reece Shoobridge to have a pot at goal from the 10 yard line, it sailed wide but Cheshunt remained camped in and around the 22, then from a scrum, the ball was fed to Bobby Bolton, who spun out of tackles and over the line, Shoobridge’s conversion gave C’s a 0-7 lead after just 6 minutes. St Albans also missed with their first pot at goal, but they were soon on the board when the fly half kicked into space down the right wing, despite attention from Sam Rule the winger touched down near the corner. The home side then dominated territory for the remainder of the half without looking particularly threatening, until a fairly innocuous looking attack around halfway suddenly burst into life as the Cheshunt defence went missing, the centre was able to race to the line unhindered from the 10 yard line. There was still time before the break for another score, the forwards, after several attempts, forced their way over in the corner, the second try was converted and St Albans went into the break leading 17 -7. Cheshunt started the second period as they had the first, Jake Phillips made a promising break and was stopped just short, St Albans halted the attack by slowing the ball down, turning down the simple penalty under the posts, Shoobridge took a quick tap and found Dean Gardener charging towards the line, he took several defenders over the whitewash with him and the visitors thought they were back in the game at 17-12. However the next twenty minutes all belonged to the home side, a penalty increased their advantage to 20-12, Kaz Topham was then unfortunate to receive a yellow card for offside and St Albans were quick to take advantage of the extra man with another try and were getting out of sight at 25-12. Cheshunt failed time and again to get out of their half and contributed towards their own downfall making silly mistakes and turning ball over and when they gave away a penalty on the 10 yard line, the home side took a quick tap and were behind the Cheshunt defence in no time to stretch away to 30-12 with only 12 minutes on the clock. The end of the game though was turned on its head, the St Albans fly half was yellow carded for a high tackle and C’s kicked to the corner, the catch and drive couldn’t force the ball over so it was spun along the line and Sam Rule finished well in the corner, during the move St Albans received a second yellow, also for a high tackle and the visitors sniffed a chance at 30-17 against 13 men. They ensured a close finish with their next attack, a kick to the corner gave St Albans the throw but Joel Bailey won the ball and crashed over from short range. From the re-start the Green and Whites put together their best phase of play of the afternoon, Bolton broke through, found Alex Clark in support who touched down to narrow the gap to 30-27. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to add to their total and Cheshunt had to be satisfied with both the try and the losing bonus points. Next Saturday, Cheshunt entertains Hitchin at Andrews lane.

Key moments

10:00
Try Alex Clark scores for Cheshunt
11:00
Conversion Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
20:00
Try Dean Gardener scores for Cheshunt
50:00
Try Bobby Bolton scores for Cheshunt
70:00
Try Sam Rule scores for Cheshunt
75:00
Try Joel Bailey scores for Cheshunt

Highlights

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75:00 Try 0 - 27
Joel Bailey scores for Cheshunt
70:00 Try 0 - 22
Sam Rule scores for Cheshunt
50:00 Try 0 - 17
Bobby Bolton scores for Cheshunt
End of period 1
20:00 Try 0 - 12
Dean Gardener scores for Cheshunt
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Alex Clark scores for Cheshunt
0:00 Player of the Match
Kaz Topham is awarded player of the match for Cheshunt
0:00 Player of the Match
Kaz Topham is awarded player of the match for Cheshunt
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As it happened

  • St Albans
  • Cheshunt
  • 0
  • Kaz Topham Player of the Match 0:00'
  • Kaz Topham Player of the Match 0:00'
  • Alex Clark Try 10:00'
  • Reece Shoobridge Conversion 11:00'
  • Dean Gardener Try 20:00'
  • Bobby Bolton Try 50:00'
  • Sam Rule Try 70:00'
  • Joel Bailey Try 75:00'

Team selection

Rule, Sam Rule, Sam
Topham, Kaz Topham, Kaz
Bolton, Bobby Bolton, Bobby
Amani, Omid Amani, Omid
Voisey, Lewis Voisey, Lewis
Saunders, Dan Saunders, Dan
Shoobridge, Reece Shoobridge, Reece
Bailey, Joel Bailey, Joel
Pearce, Connor Pearce, Connor
Clark, Alex Clark, Alex
Willcocks, Josh Willcocks, Josh
Gardener, Dean Gardener, Dean
Hussey, Ryan Hussey, Ryan
Phillips, Jake Phillips, Jake
Brown, Marvin Brown, Marvin

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Standings

# Team Pl Pts
6. Datchworth 22 50
7. St Albans 22 47
8. Hitchin 22 46
9. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 45
10. Cheshunt 22 43
11. Finchley 22 41
12. Staines 22 12

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