Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Rugby: Eltham pressure bears down on Thurrock

Old Elthamians 34 v 7 Thurrock

THURROCK travelled to Old Elthamians where the weather was windy and wet: rain arrived in squalls, making kicking especially a lottery. Handling also suffered, with several passes dropped as cold hands sought to catch the

The game was transferred to Guys Hospital pitch, adjacent to the Elthamians ground, .

Thurrock kicked off but the home side with the advantage of the weather, Elthamians began a period of pressure, which brought an early try for Ledger, the conversion. By White completed the goal with a fine kick; 7-0., he then added a further penalty to make it 10-0


Thurrock came back and mauled to within a foot of the try-line. Only an over-enthusiastic attacker prevented their score and White again was able to relieve the danger With only a couple of minutes to go to the break Ledger added his second try although White missed the conversion, Elthamians left the field 15-0 as the half time whistle blew.

Thurrock decided to stay out in the cold at half time. The wind and rain had not abated. 
Mr Parsons blew for a penalty on the restart as OEs had too many men on the pitch, Lindfield had returned before the end of his sin-bin and a visitor had helpfully pointed it out to the Referee.

Thurrock mounted some pressure, helped by handling errors and penalties, but couldn’t quite get it together enough to force a score. 

ith 18 second-half minutes played, Elthamians got their third try. Great work by the forwards punched holes in Thurrock’s defence and Charlie Sheppeard galloped over for a fine score. White managed the extras and that should have been it; 22-0.

From the kick off, the Old Boys let the ball bounce and gave possession to the team in pink: basic mistakes, but they can be costly.

Sturdy defence held the danger at arm’s length until a conceded penalty was marched back ten for a remark out of turn. Thurrock mauled and rucked and, with advantage, they eventually pushed over for a try under the posts from centre Gorman. Full back Neale made no mistake with the conversion; 22-7.

Lindfield then collected a second yellow and played no further part in the game, meaning OEs were back down to 14 again!

Winger Paddy Smith added a try and with Thurrock down to 13 men in the closing stages following two late yellow cards White added another to end up with a rather flattering scoreline for the homeside .


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