Thanet 18 Sidcup 17
On a sunny Remembrance Sunday at St Peter’s Recreation Ground all the boys and girls paid respect to those who had fallen in service for our country. The eerie silence over the pitches was only punctuated by the blast from the maroon marking the start and end of the two minutes silence. This did the fallen proud.
In what was always expected to be a close game Thanet entertained Sidcup on Sunday in the Kent Cup. This was a repeat of last years’ fixture which Thanet won narrowly 7-3.
From the first whistle, both teams played some great flowing and open rugby. The scoring was opened after Thanet chipped forward to set up an attack inside the Sidcup 22. Some good decision making by both forwards and backs resulted in Thanet powering over via a driving maul, much more in vogue now South Africa are world Champions!
The game was played at a fast pace and Thanets forwards started to creak in the scrum but Sidcup struggled to turn this dominance into points until a ball was dropped in midfield by Thanet then hoofed up field for Sidcup to chase. This is when it became clear that the back three of Sidcup were both fast and dangerous, the resulting chase was won by Sidcup who scored an unconverted try.
Thanet held their nerve and defended well but another dangerous break allowed Sidcup to increase the score and cross the line for another try this time converted. With half time looming Thanet launched an attack into the Sidcup 22, when a try looked certain a Sidcup infringement led to a penalty being awarded. After much debate the three points were elected for and duly taken, This proved to be a decisive decision in the context of the game and one that Thanet should take credit for as it showed great game management and maturity. Going in 12-8 down a few wise words were expressed at half time.
The second half saw Thanet make seven changes due to the half-game rule which made the team a little disjointed to start with. However, they soon regained the initiative and started playing some good rugby which resulted in two tries being scored neither being converted. With the game going into the final phases some poor tackling and decision making by Thanet allowed Sidcup to run 70 metres into the corner for a try making the score 18-17 with a conversion to come. Out by the corner a good kick hit the crossbar and Thanet breathed again.
The last few minutes were played out in the opposition half and Thanet finally put the ball into touch for a good win, 18 points to 17.
Overall this was a great performance by the boys. Some of the play was outstanding and knowing we left a few tries on the pitch means we can still improve. The future of the club is bright if this group of boys continue to develop and improve.
Squad: Michael Morris ,Luke Carter, Alfie Clarke, Bing McCourt Welsh, Lloyd Goodwin, Noah Dann, Al Rossi, Edgar Cardosa de Oliveria Filho, Matthew Marson, Jacob Payne, Reuben Whittlesea, Mason Miller, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dolan, Alfie Padgett, Jak Taber, Owen Thomas, Ollie Crottie, Tom Harrisson, Lewis Downer, Leo Jones.