It was peeing down with rain in Shoreham when we arrived an hour before kick-off. The big Shoreham boys had already been warming up a while and looked ready to give us quite a match.
Thanks to the referee we started the match 15 minutes early. Great rugby from both sides, and slowly Horsham started to take advantage with good scrums and good hands. A great tackle by Oscar Nicholls
turned out to be slightly illegal and our full-back was sent to the sin-bin for a short while. A man down, we needed to dig deep and our Aaron Bullman
stole the ball from Shoreham’s biggest player, Ben Murphy
ran all the way before passing it to our debut boy Luke Baldwin who scored a superb try, 0-5.
During half time our linesman Chris learned about 5 and 10 meters, and Mark not to push his luck by the friendly referee.
Second half had just started when Chris Fennelly still in clean white shorts turned up on the wing and we were up 0-10. ‘OK, Sir?’, was shouted by the now well behaving Mark and Oscar Nicholls
was back in action.
Big squeezes in the scrum from Max Elliott, Harry Stannard
and Piers Lydon
, great kicking by Oli Joels
and strong tackling from Alexander Harry
kept us going and Lucky Luke was back again and 0-15.
Our new pitch marshal Mrs. Allen had been busy providing water to all our injured players, who all got up fast when realising how cold the water provided was. Shoreham did push and in the last action of the match converted a penalty kick to the end result 3-15.
The control throughout the match was superb, very well done, and especially Oliver Lewis
had a great game. What is not absent, is passion and youthful high promise, and our boys can look forward to an even greater next season.