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1st XV - Match centre

Heathfield & Waldron
Beckenham
T Tingley
Tries
J Santamaria, C Thomson, G Murray, G Hixson, J Smith, R Tarbie, A Knowles, J Dehaarte
Conversions
L Richards (6)
L Cuming
Penalties
Sat 26 Jan TBC - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

Beckenham bounce back with resounding away win!

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Difficult conditions do little to hamper the clinical blue and gold attack.

After a heart breaking first loss of the season to Charlton Park, Beckenham had two weeks to prepare to go and right their wrongs.

The journey to a victory wouldn't be easy however, and I mean this literally. With the teams coach driver opting for the scenic route to the ground and ending up at the bottom of a dead end, Josh Smith seized his opportunity to shine and used his vast heavy goods vehicle experience to aid the driver and get us back on route.

Arriving to the ground almost an hour late, you could spot the Heathfield and Waldron supporters licking their lips, not in appreciation of the pre match lunch but in anticipation that a shortened preparation period may cause distraction. However spirits were very high, with the boys focussed on the job at hand, let the game begin.

1st XV - Heathfield & Waldron (A) 26/01/19
68 photos

Heathfield started the game off strongly. After 2 minutes of being camped in our own 22 Beckenham conceded an offside penalty in front of the sticks, duly slotted by Heathfield and Waldron' s 15, Lucas Cuming.

The next 15 minutes the game was well balanced, with Heathfields 10, Toby Harrison playing the territorial game extremely well. Beckenham relied on Dominant carries from Andrew Knowles, Henry Kenny (on debut) and Graham Murray to work their way into the Heathfield half. These bullish carries continued right up until the 20 Minute mark where Beckenham found themselves in the opposition 22. After patient phase play from the forwards, the Beckenham backs did what any good back line do, scream for the ball very loudly and aggresively 5 metres out. Some great hands from Louis Richards and Keita Orelaja Saw the ball shipped to JP Santamaria who dotted down for his 8th of the season. Richards was short with the kick from out wide, kicking into a swirling wind.

With the weather more unreliable than a boss man sandwich. The next 15 minutes brought what only can be described as a British Monsoon. This lead to a scrappy period of play with a lot of change in possession. However on the 35 minute mark, another dominant carry from Alex Jones (who postponed his birthday dinner to travel down and play!) got Beckenham in behind the resilient Heathfield defence and provided a sweet offload to the supporting Keita Orelaja. With the wise words of Dan Brown "sometimes pass before contact" looming in his head, the full back popped inside to the ever present Craig Thompson to score under the posts. Louis Richards adding the 2 points.

Half time Score Beckenham 12- 3.

Coming into the second half Beckenham knew there was still a lot of work to do to see this over the line. With Beckenham awarded a penalty from the kick-off, after a brain freeze moment from the Heathfield full back, Beckenham found themselves on the opposing 5 Metre line. Graham Murray, after some good initial phases from the pack, hit a great line to rampage over for his 3rd try of the season. A difficult man to stop from a couple of meters out. Conversion wide. 17-3.

On 52 minutes, with Beckenham sensing blood and seeking the important bonus point try, they found themselves with a midfield scrum in the opposing 22. With the opposition seemingly confused by Beckenhams set up, Louis Richards moved the ball wide to Keita Orelaja, who running out of space pulled off a no look inside pass to George Hixson to secure the bonus point try. The 2 points were added by Louis Richards with one hell of a conversion from out wide. 24-3. 52 minutes played.

Beckenham were not done however and with 30 minutes or so to play, set out to send a message to the rest of the league. On the Hour mark Josh Smith powered over, having been held up a matter of second before. Louis Richards good from the Tee. 31-3.

A minute later and fresh on the paddock, debutant Reagan Tarbie showed some good footwork from the kick off to push the boys into the opposing half. A few phases later Richards placed a delightful grubber, which Tarbie ran onto, controlling the ball well, dribbling the ball over the line and dotting down for a debut try. Richards clearly with some magic left in those boots slotted the extras from the touchline!

Heathfield and Waldron did however provide something for their fans to applaud with one of the scores of the day. After receiving a high kick Waldrons number 11 showed some quality footwork to round the Beckenham defenders feeding number 13, Tom Tingley, to go in under the posts. conversion missed 38-8.

Beckenham keen to ensure Heathfield didn't have the final say, played the last 10 minutes with high intensity. With Heathfield chasing the game and playing from deep, George Hixson seized the opportunity to fold his opposite number, forcing the centre to dot down over his own line. With a scrum 5 metres out, another dominant push from the pack allowed Andrew Knowles to score a trademark 8’s try. Richards added the 2. 45-8 With 5 to go.

One more the crowd cheered, and one one more they got. With the clock in the red, Jordan Dehartee demonstrated exactly why he spends an extortionate amount of money on Metroflex and supplements with a powerful run through 3 defenders to score under the posts. Louis Richards sealed the deal with another two. Final score 52-8.

An impressive show from the boys in difficult conditions to get the ball rolling again. Some notable performances especially from our debutants. A strong 80 minutes from Henry Kenny, and an impressive performance off the bench from Reegan Tarbie. I'm sure we'll be seeing them again soon in the first XV. However, man of the match goes to Andrew Knowles after a powerful hard working performance.

Andrew Knowles

Player of the Match

Andrew Knowles

Key moments

2:00
Penalty Lucas Cuming kicks a penalty for Heathfield & Waldron
19:00
Try JP Santamaria scores for Beckenham
35:00
Try Craig Thomson scores for Beckenham
35:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
41:00
Try Graham Murray scores for Beckenham
52:00
Try George Hixson scores for Beckenham
52:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
63:00
Try Josh Smith scores for Beckenham
63:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
64:00
Try Reegan Tarbie scores for Beckenham
64:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
67:00
Try Tom Tingley scores for Heathfield & Waldron
71:00
Try Andrew Knowles scores for Beckenham
71:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
80:00
Try Jordan Dehaarte scores for Beckenham
80:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham

Videos and photos

1st XV - Heathfield & Waldron (A) 26/01/19
68 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 8 - 52
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
80:00 Try Assist
Craig Thomson makes an assist for Beckenham
80:00 Try 8 - 50
Jordan Dehaarte scores for Beckenham
80:00 Player of the Match
Andrew Knowles is awarded player of the match for Beckenham
71:00 Try 8 - 45
Andrew Knowles scores for Beckenham
71:00 Conversion 8 - 40
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
67:00 Missed Conversion
Lucas Cuming misses a conversion for Heathfield & Waldron
67:00 Try 8 - 38
Tom Tingley scores for Heathfield & Waldron
64:00 Conversion 3 - 38
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
64:00 Try Assist
Louis Richards makes an assist for Beckenham
64:00 Try 3 - 36
Reegan Tarbie scores for Beckenham
63:00 Try 3 - 31
Josh Smith scores for Beckenham
63:00 Conversion 3 - 26
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
63:00 Try Assist
Craig Thomson makes an assist for Beckenham
58:00 Sub Off
Alex Jones is substituted off for Beckenham
58:00 Sub On
Jordan Dehaarte is substituted on for Beckenham
58:00 Sub Off
JP Santamaria is substituted off for Beckenham
58:00 Sub On
Reegan Tarbie is substituted on for Beckenham
52:00 Try Assist
Keita Orelaja makes an assist for Beckenham
52:00 Try 3 - 24
George Hixson scores for Beckenham
52:00 Conversion 3 - 19
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
41:00 Try 3 - 17
Graham Murray scores for Beckenham
41:00 Missed Conversion
Louis Richards misses a conversion for Beckenham
40:00 Sub On
James Cleverly is substituted on for Beckenham
40:00 Sub Off
Will Wynter is substituted off for Beckenham
End of period 1
35:00 Conversion 3 - 7
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
35:00 Try 3 - 12
Craig Thomson scores for Beckenham
35:00 Try Assist
Keita Orelaja makes an assist for Beckenham
19:00 Try 3 - 5
JP Santamaria scores for Beckenham
19:00 Missed Conversion
Louis Richards misses a conversion for Beckenham
19:00 Try Assist
Keita Orelaja makes an assist for Beckenham
2:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Lucas Cuming kicks a penalty for Heathfield & Waldron
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Heathfield & Waldron
  • Beckenham
  • 0
  • Lucas Cuming Penalty 2:00'
  • JP Santamaria Try 19:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try Assist 19:00'
  • Craig Thomson Try 35:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try Assist 35:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 35:00'
  • Will Wynter Sub Off 40:00'
  • James Cleverly Sub On 40:00'
  • Graham Murray Try 41:00'
  • George Hixson Try 52:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 52:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try Assist 52:00'
  • Alex Jones Sub Off 58:00'
  • Jordan Dehaarte Sub On 58:00'
  • JP Santamaria Sub Off 58:00'
  • Reegan Tarbie Sub On 58:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 63:00'
  • Josh Smith Try 63:00'
  • Craig Thomson Try Assist 63:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 64:00'
  • Reegan Tarbie Try 64:00'
  • Louis Richards Try Assist 64:00'
  • Tom Tingley Try 67:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 71:00'
  • Andrew Knowles Try 71:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 80:00'
  • Jordan Dehaarte Try 80:00'
  • Craig Thomson Try Assist 80:00'

Team selection

Orelaja, Keita Orelaja, Keita
Furness, Mike Furness, Mike
Hixson, George Hixson, George
Curr, James Curr, James
Santamaria, JP Santamaria, JP
Richards, Louis Richards, Louis
Thomson, Craig Thomson, Craig
Knowles, Andrew Knowles, Andrew
Laud-Anderson, Hans Laud-Anderson, Hans
Jones, Alex Jones, Alex
Kenny, Henry Kenny, Henry
Smith, Josh Smith, Josh
Wynter, Will Wynter, Will
Markey, Liam Markey, Liam
Murray, Graham Murray, Graham
Heathfield & Waldron
  • 1. Richard Poole
  • 2. Dan Bird
  • 3. Reece Webb
  • 4. Ed Koops
  • 5. Tom Tingley
  • 6. Angus Taylor
  • 7. Henry Ross
  • 8. Ollie Robertshaw
  • 9. Munch May
  • 10. Toby Harrison
  • 11. Charlie Butler
  • 12. Tom Tingley
  • 13. Shamus Smith
  • 14. Max Redman
  • 15. Lucas Cuming
  • 16. Tom Watkins
  • 17. Fraser Goatcher
  • 18. James Woodroofe

League round up

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Old Colfeians
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34
40
29
31
Maidstone
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Beckenham 22 96
2. Horsham 22 90
3. Charlton Park 22 87
4. Haywards Heath 22 66
5. Old Colfeians 22 66
6. Gravesend 22 57
7. Deal & Betteshanger 22 50

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