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1st XV - Match centre

Beckenham
Deal & Betteshanger
J Santamaria, J Curr, K Orelaja, A Knowles, J McDowall, M Furness, R Tarbie, H Kenny
Tries
M Woods, G Elsan, M Woods
L Richards (5)
Conversions
M Halpin, M Halpin, M Halpin
Sat 9 Feb TBC - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

Beckenham rack up half century against Deal

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8 tries secures the full 5 points for the blue and gold!

This week Beckenham welcomed Deal and Betteshanger to Balmoral, with the visitors still looking for their first win of the new year and Beckenham looking to tighten their grasp on the title.

The return fixture was an electric game with both sides trading scores early on, with Beckenham eventual winners 50-26. The early exchanges were dominated by Beckenham. With lessons learned from the previous encounter, A line out on Deals 20 went to hand, and the resulting work by the forwards to get around the corner, gave James Cleverly the opportunity to set off on a too familiar rampaging run, sucking in Deals defence. With quick ball from the ruck, Louis Richards, taking a page out of Johnny Sextons book and throwing what would have been an intercept pass, had Henry Slade been playing for Deal, was relieved to see the ball knocked on into the path of JP Santamaria, who skipped over for the first score of the day, rewarding Beckenhams early dominance. Richards Adding the extras 7-0

The following few minutes saw both teams trading possession resulting in lineouts for both sides. However, after being pinned into their 22 with a lovely kick from Keita Orelaja (Kurtis Kurtis), Deal’s resulting lineout was sloppy. With the ball spilled, an impressive carry from academy debutant Lamar Sinclair, put Beckenham on the front foot. Louis Richards received quick ball from the breakdown, getting an arm free in the tackle, allowing him to pop off to the supporting James Curr, who dotted down just inside the sticks. Richards adds the extras. 14-0
If there was anything learned from our trip to the South coast before Christmas, it was that Deal play on a smaller than usual pitch. With the paddock at Balmoral being significantly wider, Beckenham sought to utilise this space for the next try, with some solid forward carry’s and tight phases, sucking in the Deal defence, the ball was eventually shipped wide to Keita Orelaja, who glided through the trailing Deal defence to stroll in under the posts to give Richards the easy additional 2. 21-0 with 14 minutes played.

1st XV - Deal &  Betteshanger (H) 09/02/19
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Deal however were not giving in this early and with some solid set piece play and silly penalties from Beckenham, Deal made their way into the Beckenham 22. With the resultant lineout stopped illegally by Beckenham. Deal opted for the corner once more. Beckenham disrupted the lineout well, only for a knock on to be given. This provided Deal with the scrum just short of the Beckenham line. Steven Brown, showing why he would eventually be crowned man of the match, made a massive hit off the scrum, but to no avail, as the ball was recycled well to the blind side where Matt Woods slipped the next tackle to score Deals first try. Matt Halpin added the extras. 21-7.

From the kick off there was some scrappy play from both teams which resulted in Deal failing to clear their lines. This invited the Beckenham pack to carry hard, picking and going, phase after phase. Eventually the ball was shipped out to Andrew Knowles, who barrelled his way over for a try from 5m out, which is quickly becoming a trademark. Louis Richards successful from the tee again! BP secured within 24 minutes. Score 28-7.

Shipping some heavy knocks from the previous plays Orelaja and Santamaria were substituted, for Jamie McDowall, returning from injury and Reegan Tarbie for his 2nd cap hoping to add to his try tally from his successful debut the week previous. The remaining time before the half saw some interesting play, along with questionable refereeing decisions regarding knock ons. Deal managed to make their way into the Beckenham Red zone once again, however, any attack was phased out by the resilient blue and gold defence.

HT 28-7

Deal came firing out of the blocks after half time, winning a penalty and kicking to the corner with the help of the wind. Deal won the lineout, executing a slick peel move paired with soft tackling from Beckenham which saw Gavin Elsan bundle over the line for Deals second score of the day, Halpin adding the extras. 28-14

The next try came from a fantastic solo effort by Jamie McDowall. Opting for the chip over the top, the covering deal defender miss read the bounce, with the ball bouncing favourably into the hands of McDowall, who rounded him with ease and scored in the corner. Richards wide 33-14.

The next score came from a penalty, although not the way you would expect. Steven Brown with the turnover at the breakdown, gave Richards the chance to kick into the corner. The kick overshot however, resulting in the ball going dead. The 22 dropout from Deal was knocked on by Beckenham, however the pack atoned for the error by winning the scrum against the head, giving the back line an excellent attacking platform. Up step Reegan Tarbie, who drew in two defenders and managed a Fijian-esque offload out the back, releasing Mike Furness down the right wing to finish a love piece of play. Richards adding the 2 points. 40-14 after 60 minutes.

The next five minutes where cagey. A succession of penalties in defence had given Deal field position and having stopped an initial burst. A quick tap penalty was taken well by the centre who capitalised on a switched off defence to score under the posts. Extras added. 40-21

A ten minute quiet spell ensued with neither team managing to capitalise, until some slick hands by the Beckenham back line provided Reegan Tarbie with his 2nd try in as many games, what a start the youngster is having! Richards unable to add the extras. 45-21 with around 10 minutes left to play.

The 79th minute saw Henry Kenny score his first 1st XV try, out on the left wing, with the defence caught short, Kennny showed a good turn of pace to stroll over in the corner. In what can only be described as excitement at scoring his first senior try in only his second game, Kenny decided to top it off with a yellow card for good measure, after a melee broke out straight after the try was scored. Richards deciding that 50 was a nice round number, missed the conversion. The kick off saw Beckenham keep hold of the ball and close out the game as 50-21 winners.

Thank you to Deal for again playing a part in a great game of rugby. Always a tough fixture against the men in black. Wishing you all the best for the remaining part of the season.

This weeks man of the match went to Steven Brown, who had a fantastic game! He was closely tailed by George Hixson and debutant Lamar Sinclair both unlucky to lose out to Brown. It must also be noted that the three academy players Henry Kenny, Reegan Tarbie and Lamar Sinclair, who have stepped up to the 1stXV, have made massive impacts and are now key members of the squad. They epitomise what it means to be a Beckenham player, with over 70% of the current squad coming through the Beckenham youth system…. the future looks bright!

Next week we are away to Aylesford Bulls before a well-deserved week off. Thank you as always for your support

Steven Brown

Player of the Match

Steven Brown

Key moments

5:00
Try JP Santamaria scores for Beckenham
5:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
11:00
Try James Curr scores for Beckenham
11:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
14:00
Try Keita Orelaja scores for Beckenham
14:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
21:00
Try Matt Woods scores for Deal & Betteshanger
21:00
Conversion Matt Halpin kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
24:00
Try Andrew Knowles scores for Beckenham
24:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
44:00
Conversion Matt Halpin kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
44:00
Try Gavin Elsan scores for Deal & Betteshanger
47:00
Try Jamie McDowall scores for Beckenham
60:00
Try Mike Furness scores for Beckenham
60:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
65:00
Try Matt Woods scores for Deal & Betteshanger
65:00
Conversion Matt Halpin kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
73:00
Try Reegan Tarbie scores for Beckenham
79:00
Try Henry Kenny scores for Beckenham

Videos and photos

1st XV - Deal &  Betteshanger (H) 09/02/19
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Steven Brown is awarded player of the match for Beckenham
79:00 Try 50 - 21
Henry Kenny scores for Beckenham
79:00 Try Assist
Mike Furness makes an assist for Beckenham
79:00 Missed Conversion
Louis Richards misses a conversion for Beckenham
79:00 Yellow Card
Henry Kenny is yellow carded for Beckenham
73:00 Try Assist
Keita Orelaja makes an assist for Beckenham
73:00 Try 45 - 21
Reegan Tarbie scores for Beckenham
73:00 Missed Conversion
Louis Richards misses a conversion for Beckenham
66:00 Sub Off
Will Wynter is substituted off for Beckenham
66:00 Sub On
Graham Murray is substituted on for Beckenham
65:00 Conversion 40 - 21
Matt Halpin kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
65:00 Try 40 - 19
Matt Woods scores for Deal & Betteshanger
60:00 Try 40 - 14
Mike Furness scores for Beckenham
60:00 Try Assist
Reegan Tarbie makes an assist for Beckenham
60:00 Conversion 35 - 14
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
47:00 Missed Conversion
Louis Richards misses a conversion for Beckenham
47:00 Try 33 - 14
Jamie McDowall scores for Beckenham
44:00 Try 28 - 14
Gavin Elsan scores for Deal & Betteshanger
44:00 Conversion 28 - 9
Matt Halpin kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
End of period 1
25:00 Sub On
Jamie McDowall is substituted on for Beckenham
25:00 Sub Off
JP Santamaria is substituted off for Beckenham
25:00 Sub Off
Keita Orelaja is substituted off for Beckenham
25:00 Sub On
Reegan Tarbie is substituted on for Beckenham
24:00 Conversion 28 - 7
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
24:00 Try Assist
James Curr makes an assist for Beckenham
24:00 Try 26 - 7
Andrew Knowles scores for Beckenham
21:00 Conversion 21 - 7
Matt Halpin kicks a conversion for Deal & Betteshanger
21:00 Try 21 - 5
Matt Woods scores for Deal & Betteshanger
14:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
14:00 Try Assist
James Curr makes an assist for Beckenham
14:00 Try 19 - 0
Keita Orelaja scores for Beckenham
11:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
11:00 Try Assist
Louis Richards makes an assist for Beckenham
11:00 Try 12 - 0
James Curr scores for Beckenham
5:00 Try Assist
James Curr makes an assist for Beckenham
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
5:00 Try 5 - 0
JP Santamaria scores for Beckenham
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Beckenham
  • Deal & Betteshanger
  • 0
  • JP Santamaria Try 5:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 5:00'
  • James Curr Try Assist 5:00'
  • James Curr Try 11:00'
  • Louis Richards Try Assist 11:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 11:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try 14:00'
  • James Curr Try Assist 14:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 14:00'
  • Matt Woods Try 21:00'
  • Matt Halpin Conversion 21:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 24:00'
  • James Curr Try Assist 24:00'
  • Andrew Knowles Try 24:00'
  • Reegan Tarbie Sub On 25:00'
  • JP Santamaria Sub Off 25:00'
  • Jamie McDowall Sub On 25:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Sub Off 25:00'
  • Matt Halpin Conversion 44:00'
  • Gavin Elsan Try 44:00'
  • Jamie McDowall Try 47:00'
  • Mike Furness Try 60:00'
  • Reegan Tarbie Try Assist 60:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 60:00'
  • Matt Woods Try 65:00'
  • Matt Halpin Conversion 65:00'
  • Graham Murray Sub On 66:00'
  • Will Wynter Sub Off 66:00'
  • Reegan Tarbie Try 73:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try Assist 73:00'
  • Henry Kenny Try 79:00'
  • Mike Furness Try Assist 79:00'
  • Henry Kenny Yellow Card 79:00'

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
Brown, Steven Brown, Steven
Sinclair, Lamar Sinclair, Lamar
Kenny, Henry Kenny, Henry
Smith, Josh Smith, Josh
Wynter, Will Wynter, Will
Markey, Liam Markey, Liam
Cleverly, James Cleverly, James
Deal & Betteshanger
  • 1. Sam Hanley
  • 2. Matt Curd
  • 3. Ashley Hollingsworth
  • 4. Luke Maxwell
  • 5. Ross Widdett
  • 6. Gavin Elsan
  • 7. Joseph Michael
  • 8. Eion Mcgrath
  • 9. Josh Erskin
  • 10. Matt Halpin
  • 11. Anthony Hart
  • 12. Adam Michael
  • 13. Matt Woods
  • 14. Sam Seymour
  • 15. Luke Armstrong
  • 16. Brad Blaxford
  • 17. Matt Laverick
  • 18. Carl Thatcher

League round up

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20
0
Aylesford Bulls
Old Colfeians
78
0
Dover
Thanet Wanderers
16
17
Charlton Park

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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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