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1st XV - Match centre

Haywards Heath
Beckenham
C Calder, H Warwick, R Fotheringham, H Warwick
Tries
K Orelaja
C Calder, C Calder, C Calder
Conversions
L Richards
C Calder, C Calder
Penalties
L Richards (2)
Penalty Try
Sat 9 Mar TBC - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

Beckenham punished by clinical Heath

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Beckenhams lead at the top of LSE 2 cut to 7 points

Beckenham travelled to an in form Hayward’s Heath this week, with the home side looking for revenge after their loss to the blue and gold before Christmas. Beckenham’s game against Dover the previous week was given as a HWO as Dover could not raise a side, and this showed in Beckenham’s performance.

From the kick off Beckenham were on the back foot, with Heaths forwards showing their physical dominance in the loose. A turnover in possession allowed Beckenham to momentarily relieve the pressure through a box kick, however a lacklustre kick chase allowed for Heath to pounce on a bouncing ball and carve through the Beckenham team and go in under the post for the first points of the day. The ensuing conversion was successfully slotted to make it 7-0, within the first minute.

Beckenham responded with some good pressure in Heaths half for the next few minutes and were rewarded with a penalty at the breakdown for holding on, which Louis Richards converted excellently in blustery conditions.

1st XV - Hayward’s Heath (A) 09/03/19
43 photos

For the next 10 minutes both teams exchanged blows, with Heath being the more successful with dominant carries and turnovers at the Beckenham breakdown. Heath showed their ability to run the ball too, coming close to scoring in the corner. The final pass however letting them down. Beckenham were given the opportunity to clear their lines from the resulting scrum, one of the few areas of the game Beckenham showed dominance in. However, the decision to try and run the ball from under the post proved a poor decision and a loose pass saw Heath capitalise and go over for their second try of the game, 12-3 Heath.

Beckenham began to wake up and some good defensive pressure from Andrew Knowles and George Hixon saw the momentum begin to swing in Beckenham’s favour. Beckenham began to string some phases together and retain possession at the breakdown. This was rewarded when strong running from James Cleverly and James Curr stretched Heaths defensive line. Louis Richards carrying to the line, offloaded in contact to Craig Thomson, who Put Andrew Knowles Clear. This created a 2 on 1, which released Keita Orelaja to go over for Beckenham’s first try of the game, Louis Richards converted successfully 12-10. Beckenham now back in the game!

Beckenham continued their dominance and were rewarded with another penalty in Heaths 22, which Louis Richards converted to give Beckenham a slender 1 point lead. The next ten minutes saw both teams locked in a defensive arm wrestle. With the only notable mention being Heath missing a penalty. Heath however were the more clinical throughout the game and when a 22 drop out was again poorly chased by the blue and gold, Heaths backs capitalised and sliced through to go in under the posts with conversion successful, 19-13. Beckenham tried to rally and whilst trying to spin the ball about a dropped ball was swiftly picked up by a rampaging Heath back line and returned over beckenham’s try line, conversion missed 24-13 the score at half time.

The second half saw a resurgent beckenham try to take the game to Heath, however an offside and holding on at the breakdown saw Heath convert two early penalties to take the score to 30-13, and leave an up hill battle for the remainder of the half. The remainder of the half saw Beckenham hammer away at the Heath, but a lack of clear thinking and poor skills ensured that Heath were able to keep the blue and gold at bay. Eventually Beckenham’s dominance at the scrum paid off and the blue and gold were rewarded with a penalty try to take the score to 30-20, with 20 left to play. Beckenham pilled on the pressure and came close on several occasions to cracking the Heath defence again, with Reegan Tarbie and James Curr both going close. However the story of the game was that Beckenham lacked a clinical edge at crucial moments. Heath managed to hang on thanks to excellent contact skills and work rate at the breakdown. Beckenham were rewarded with a penalty with 1 minute to play and needing three points to go home with a losing bonus point, rather than kick for posts though the scrum was chosen and again Heaths good defence and breakdown skills saw the ball turned over and cleared to touch to finish the game 30-20.

A tough day at the office for Beckenham who were caught cold after their week off and Heaths convincing win against Maidstone looked to stand them in good stead. The home side where sharper than Beckenham in most aspects of the game and where more than deserving winners. We would like to thank Haywards Heath for their gracious hospitality as always and wish them well for the remainder of the season. This loss closes Beckenhams lead at the top of the table to 7 points.

We next welcome Colfes to Balmoral Avenue in what is now a must win game. Get down and support the boys!!

Key moments

1:00
Try Casey Calder scores for Haywards Heath
1:00
Conversion Casey Calder kicks a conversion for Haywards Heath
4:00
Penalty Louis Richards kicks a penalty for Beckenham
12:00
Try Henry Warwick scores for Haywards Heath
14:00
Try Keita Orelaja scores for Beckenham
14:00
Conversion Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
22:00
Penalty Louis Richards kicks a penalty for Beckenham
31:00
Try Robbie Fotheringham scores for Haywards Heath
31:00
Conversion Casey Calder kicks a conversion for Haywards Heath
34:00
Try Henry Warwick scores for Haywards Heath
34:00
Conversion Casey Calder kicks a conversion for Haywards Heath
51:00
Penalty Casey Calder kicks a penalty for Haywards Heath
55:00
Penalty Casey Calder kicks a penalty for Haywards Heath

Videos and photos

1st XV - Hayward’s Heath (A) 09/03/19
43 photos

Highlights

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59:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Beckenham
55:00 Penalty 32 - 13
Casey Calder kicks a penalty for Haywards Heath
51:00 Penalty 29 - 13
Casey Calder kicks a penalty for Haywards Heath
End of period 1
34:00 Try 24 - 13
Henry Warwick scores for Haywards Heath
34:00 Conversion 26 - 13
Casey Calder kicks a conversion for Haywards Heath
31:00 Try 17 - 13
Robbie Fotheringham scores for Haywards Heath
31:00 Conversion 19 - 13
Casey Calder kicks a conversion for Haywards Heath
30:00 Missed Penalty
Casey Calder misses a penalty for Haywards Heath
22:00 Penalty 12 - 13
Louis Richards kicks a penalty for Beckenham
14:00 Try 12 - 8
Keita Orelaja scores for Beckenham
14:00 Try Assist
Andrew Knowles makes an assist for Beckenham
14:00 Conversion 12 - 10
Louis Richards kicks a conversion for Beckenham
12:00 Missed Conversion
Casey Calder misses a conversion for Haywards Heath
12:00 Try 12 - 3
Henry Warwick scores for Haywards Heath
4:00 Penalty 7 - 3
Louis Richards kicks a penalty for Beckenham
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Casey Calder scores for Haywards Heath
1:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Casey Calder kicks a conversion for Haywards Heath
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Haywards Heath
  • Beckenham
  • 0
  • Casey Calder Conversion 1:00'
  • Casey Calder Try 1:00'
  • Louis Richards Penalty 4:00'
  • Henry Warwick Try 12:00'
  • Keita Orelaja Try 14:00'
  • Louis Richards Conversion 14:00'
  • Andrew Knowles Try Assist 14:00'
  • Louis Richards Penalty 22:00'
  • Robbie Fotheringham Try 31:00'
  • Casey Calder Conversion 31:00'
  • Henry Warwick Try 34:00'
  • Casey Calder Conversion 34:00'
  • Casey Calder Penalty 51:00'
  • Casey Calder Penalty 55:00'
  • Penalty Try 59:00'

Team selection

Orelaja, Keita Orelaja, Keita
Tarbie, Reegan Tarbie, Reegan
Hixson, George Hixson, George
Curr, James Curr, James
Furness, Mike Furness, Mike
Richards, Louis Richards, Louis
Thomson, Craig Thomson, Craig
Knowles, Andrew Knowles, Andrew
Brown, Steven Brown, Steven
Kenny, Henry Kenny, Henry
Blackmore, James Blackmore, James
Smith, Josh Smith, Josh
Cleverly, James Cleverly, James
Markey, Liam Markey, Liam
Murray, Graham Murray, Graham
Haywards Heath
  • 1. Matthew Monahan
  • 2. William Purdy
  • 3. Charles Newey
  • 4. Hugo Mcpherson
  • 5. Gareth Fergusson
  • 6. Steven Doku
  • 7. Max Drage
  • 8. Nicolas Main
  • 9. Brett Menefy
  • 10. Jack Lucas
  • 11. Jamie Diggle
  • 12. Owain Mcloughlin
  • 13. Robbie Fotheringham
  • 14. Henry Warwick
  • 15. Casey Calder
  • 16. Roscoe Atkins
  • 17. Henry Preston Bell
  • 18. James Flicker

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69

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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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