The Rectory Field pitch was in perfect condition for our league match against Old Gravesendians on a delightful autumn afternoon (Notwithstanding the heavens opening just on No-Side!) It is hard to believe that there was hardly any rain at the Rectory Field for 3 months throughout summer and is testimony to the sterling work of Ground Manager Danny Rouse.
Whilst Askeans lost 21 – 61, there was once more ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ and evidence of progress from last season – we had a full squad of players, we were competing and leading in the first quarter, continuing to score enterprising tries and playing right to no -side.
And of course, we have unequalled prowess in always winning the ‘Player of the Match – Downing a Pint Challenge!
The game started with exchanges in midfield - Old Gravesendians had a heavier pack and as it proved, 2 useful wingers.
A clever kick over the top by James Roddy, then turned their defence and Jack Henderson kicked on, picked up and scored
– A quick start - we were leading and playing with confidence. Another incisive Askeans’ attack, so close to scoring but Old Gravesendians showed enterprise themselves and running the ball from their own line cut through Askeans defence to score and level the match.
There was then an interception try by Old Gravesendians, as we looked to run the ball out of defence and once they led, their confidence grew and their play became more assured.
Askeans were forced onto the defensive and Charlie King was sin binned just before half time for gallantly defending our line (I guess it was illegal as well!)
At half time, Old Gravesendians were leading 7 – 35. They continued to exert control in the 2nd half, but Askeans continued to defend, Jack Henderson pulling off several excellent try saving tackles and look for opportunities themselves.
It was in this vein that Charlie King celebrated his return to the field by taking a quick penalty on the 22, catching Old Gravesendians unawares and running in a 2nd Askeans try.
Even though Old Gravesendians scored regularly throughout the 2nd half, Askeans never gave up and it was excellent to see a really good move leading to Lewis Bainbridge scoring in the right-hand corner just before No- Side
Player of the Match – Jack Henderson
Match vs Sittingbourne on Saturday 22nd October is cancelled
Next Home Match – Saturday 29th October vs Old Williamsonians 3.00 pm K.O.
There are also recent amendments to Fixtures and Calendar of Events