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1st XV - Match centre

Horsham
Bromley
A Thompson, J Wilde, G Barber, T Johnson, J Walker, G Palmer, C Gonzague, W Bell
Full time
T Johnson (5), J Wilde
Sat 24 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Positives key for Stocker despite shock fight-back

Horsham head coach Nick Stocker was keen to focus on the positives despite newly promoted Bromley almost staging a shock turnaround.

The Green and Whites had raced into a commanding 52-7 lead after 55 minutes, but then lost their intensity as the visitors mounted a fightback.
A combination of giving young players game time off the bench, two yellow cards and injuries saw Horsham lose their shape and concede six tries in the final 25 minutes.
All the momentum was with Bromley and the home side were relieved to hear the final whistle and hold out for a bonus point win.
Stocker, however, was pleased with many aspects of the display and labelled the closing stages as a rarity.
He said: “In the cold light of day, we got what we set out for – five points. The young team which at one stage had four 19 year olds playing and another four under the age of 21 on the pitch will learn from this and will only get better. Given their performance in the first 60, that is a very exciting prospect indeed.
To be honest, I prefer to dwell on the positives as the last 20 minutes was an aberration and something I’ve not seen before and unlikely to witness again.
For the first 60 we were simply excellent. Totally dominating in all phases and pulling Bromley’s defence all over the place such that we opened them up at will.
Most pleasing was the way we identified opportunities and then executed with a maturity that was well beyond the players’ years and a real insight into what this team can achieve. We played with pace and precision and despite being a smaller side physically, dominated at the breakdown which was a real pleasure to see.”
Johnny Whiting recycled the ball for an opening that put Arun Thompson over for a try, which was converted by Tom Johnson. On 12 minutes, a missed tackle out wide saw Bromley over the try line to level the scores at 7-7.
Horsham led again after a good advantage was played and George Palmer broke and off-loaded to Joe Wilde in support to score and then convert his own try. Johnny Ordidge then off-loaded to Giles Barber to cross and Johnson added the extras for a 21-7 scoreline.
The bonus point was achieved ten minutes before half-time as Johnson dived over following a recycled ball, while Joey Walker also crossed to make it 31-7 at half-time.
In the second half, a phased-based try was finished by Palmer and converted by Johnson, before Canice Gonzague scored from a kick return, again converted by Johnson.
Will Bell completed the Horsham scoring on 53 minutes as he crossed for a staggering 52-7 advantage. Bromley pulled a try back on 63 minutes by driving a maul over and three minutes later put another converted try down.
On 69 minutes another soft try with the extras made it 52-26, before three more tries, two of which were converted in the final ten minutes, brought Bromley to within five points as time ran out.

Report by Ollie Berry, WSCT

Key moments

10:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
10:00
Try Arun Thompson scores for Horsham
15:00
Try Joe Wilde scores for Horsham
15:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
20:00
Try Giles Barber scores for Horsham
20:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
30:00
Try Tom Johnson scores for Horsham
30:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
35:00
Try Joey Walker scores for Horsham
35:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
40:00
Try George Palmer scores for Horsham
45:00
Try Canice Gonzague scores for Horsham
55:00
Try Will Bell scores for Horsham
55:00
Conversion Joe Wilde kicks a conversion for Horsham

Highlights

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60:00 Yellow Card
Aiden Plumpton is yellow carded for Horsham
56:00 Yellow Card
Tom Johnson is yellow carded for Horsham
55:00 Try 50 - 0
Will Bell scores for Horsham
55:00 Conversion 52 - 0
Joe Wilde kicks a conversion for Horsham
55:00 Sub Off
Arun Thompson is substituted off for Horsham
55:00 Sub On
Aiden Plumpton is substituted on for Horsham
50:00 Sub Off
Matthew Stone is substituted off for Horsham
50:00 Sub On
Johnny Goward is substituted on for Horsham
45:00 Try 45 - 0
Canice Gonzague scores for Horsham
40:00 Try 40 - 0
George Palmer scores for Horsham
40:00 Sub Off
Kyle Fairs is substituted off for Horsham
40:00 Sub On
Jack Plane is substituted on for Horsham
End of period 1
35:00 Try 33 - 0
Joey Walker scores for Horsham
35:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
30:00 Try 28 - 0
Tom Johnson scores for Horsham
30:00 Conversion 23 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
20:00 Try 19 - 0
Giles Barber scores for Horsham
20:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
15:00 Try 12 - 0
Joe Wilde scores for Horsham
15:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Arun Thompson scores for Horsham
10:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
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As it happened

  • Horsham
  • Bromley
  • 0
  • Arun Thompson Try 10:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 10:00'
  • Joe Wilde Try 15:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 15:00'
  • Giles Barber Try 20:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 20:00'
  • Tom Johnson Try 30:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 30:00'
  • Joey Walker Try 35:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 35:00'
  • Kyle Fairs Sub Off 40:00'
  • George Palmer Try 40:00'
  • Jack Plane Sub On 40:00'
  • Canice Gonzague Try 45:00'
  • Matthew Stone Sub Off 50:00'
  • Johnny Goward Sub On 50:00'
  • Will Bell Try 55:00'
  • Joe Wilde Conversion 55:00'
  • Arun Thompson Sub Off 55:00'
  • Aiden Plumpton Sub On 55:00'
  • Tom Johnson Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Aiden Plumpton Yellow Card 60:00'

Team selection

Bell, Will Bell, Will
Gonzague, Canice Gonzague, Canice
Wilde, Joe Wilde, Joe
Ordidge, Johnny Ordidge, Johnny
Palmer, George Palmer, George
Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tom
Walker, Joey Walker, Joey
Tredgett, Michael Tredgett, Michael
Thompson, Arun Thompson, Arun
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Clarkson, Adam Clarkson, Adam
Whiting, Jonny Whiting, Jonny
Barber, Giles Barber, Giles
Stone, Matthew Stone, Matthew
Fairs, Kyle Fairs, Kyle

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Medway 22 101
2. Old Colfeians 22 85
3. Dartfordians 22 81
4. Charlton Park 22 78
5. Beckenham 22 77
6. Hove 22 51
7. Horsham 22 47

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