1st XV - Match centre

Southend
Westcombe Park
S Player, S Player, S Player, S Player, S Player, S Player
Full time
J Forsyth, C Del Moro
S Player, S Player, S Player
C Edwards (2)
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - National League 3 London & SE

Another Slap in the Face Away for a Weakened Combe

Southend 36-14 Westcombe Park

Having lost away to Shelford and Hertford and come perilously close at Sutton and Epsom this was another blot on Combe's late away form. The team would look strange to any regular watcher with many changes and Charlie Edwards kicking the conversions it all looked like a team that weren't properly on each others wave length leading to many mistakes which gave both territorial and possession to Southend who were doing enough on their own without additional help from Combe.

So this was typical of the sort of match you often get at the end of a season when one team have nothing to play for and the other needing a result. In this case Southend being docked 10 points had put them in the relegation zone, a difficult position for a team playing National Two rugby last year. This was their fifth consecutive win and have now safely escaped their potentially embarrassing fate and in this game did it with some style

Six tries and three conversions, 36 points, and all that before Combe even got on the board. AND it could have been worse, three times Southend crossed the line in the first-half, twice the ball was held up and once deemed to have had a forward pass in the move. And that is to say nothing about the fact that none of the three tries they did score before the interval were converted!

Under the cosh from the start with the Southend back-row particularly dominant the tries in the 6th, 20th and 41st minutes show that Southend did not have it all their own way but they did make much use of the forwards dominance, unlike many games this season for Combe's oppositions.

Combe didn't enjoy much luck either, Scott Pursell pulling a hamstring after five minutes chasing down a speculitive kick over the top which lead to the first try from Chris Vaughan benefitting from a kind bounce. The second Southend try was scored by the hugely influential skipper Marcus Bloomberg who shrugged off two or three tackles to cross for the second and scrum-half Ricki Gould's tap and go from a penalty that produced the third.

Things didn't get much better for Combe at the start of the second-half. Within 6 minutes Southend had secured their bonus point, Marcus Bloomberg doing the hard work before unloading to Bert Radrevicius, inside ten minutes Chris Vaughan had his second and well before the start of the fourth quarter had completed their scoring with Chris Vaughan completing his hat-trick and Tom Ashton securing all three conversions.

Not before time James Forsyth got Combe on the board in the 65th minute and eight minutes later substitute Cameron Del Moro got the second try both of which were converted by Charlie Edwards. I hardly dare mention that Southend had a player yellow carded in the 62nd minuute, but I will for the sake of impartiality!

Excuses corner: 1, injuries to two starters, Scott Pursell after five minutes, Frankie Neale, early in the second-half. Excuses corner: 2, 8 regular first team players out. Excuses corner: 3, Two first team debutants and a further six played the majority of season in the 2's. That's enough of that and rumour has it there will be a lot of returns this week if you were thinking of changing your plans to go to Chichester!

Squad: Frankie Neale; Max Roddick, Bradley Saffery, Ant Hichcock, Scott Pursell; Bradley Bate-up, Charlie Edwards; Jim Stanford, Sam Penny, Jamie Forsyth; Tom Clarke, Mark Davey; Dan Fox, Lee Covington, Charlie O'Sullivan. Marcus Grima, James Kenward, Cameron Del Moro.

Match Reporter: Mike Attewell (in absentia) With thanks to Mark Ley, Christine Slater, Vern and Paul.

Key moments

5:51
Try Southend Player scores for Southend
19:06
Try Southend Player scores for Southend
40:00 +1:37
Try Southend Player scores for Southend
45:12
Try Southend Player scores for Southend
45:37
Conversion Southend Player kicks a conversion for Southend
49:35
Try Southend Player scores for Southend
49:43
Conversion Southend Player kicks a conversion for Southend
55:32
Try Southend Player scores for Southend
56:04
Conversion Southend Player kicks a conversion for Southend
64:59
Try Jamie Forsyth scores for Westcombe Park
65:21
Conversion Charlie Edwards kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
73:41
Try Cameron Del Moro scores for Westcombe Park
74:12
Conversion Charlie Edwards kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park

Highlights

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74:12 Conversion 36 - 14
Charlie Edwards kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
73:41 Try 36 - 12
Cameron Del Moro scores for Westcombe Park
70:52 Sub On
Marcus Grima is substituted on for Westcombe Park
65:21 Conversion 36 - 7
Charlie Edwards kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
64:59 Try 36 - 5
Jamie Forsyth scores for Westcombe Park
61:34 Yellow Card
Southend Player is yellow carded for Southend
56:04 Conversion 36 - 0
Southend Player kicks a conversion for Southend
55:32 Try 34 - 0
Southend Player scores for Southend
49:43 Conversion 29 - 0
Southend Player kicks a conversion for Southend
49:35 Try 27 - 0
Southend Player scores for Southend
45:37 Conversion 22 - 0
Southend Player kicks a conversion for Southend
45:12 Try 20 - 0
Southend Player scores for Southend
41:00 Sub On
Cameron Del Moro is substituted on for Westcombe Park
End of period 1
40:00 +1:43 Missed Conversion
Southend Player misses a conversion for Southend
40:00 +1:37 Try 15 - 0
Southend Player scores for Southend
19:17 Missed Conversion
Southend Player misses a conversion for Southend
19:06 Try 10 - 0
Southend Player scores for Southend
6:00 Sub On
James Kenward is substituted on for Westcombe Park
5:57 Missed Conversion
Southend Player misses a conversion for Southend
5:51 Try 5 - 0
Southend Player scores for Southend
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Southend
  • Westcombe Park
  • 0
  • Southend Player Try 5:51'
  • James Kenward Sub On 6:00'
  • Southend Player Try 19:06'
  • Southend Player Try 40:00 +1:37'
  • Cameron Del Moro Sub On 41:00'
  • Southend Player Try 45:12'
  • Southend Player Conversion 45:37'
  • Southend Player Try 49:35'
  • Southend Player Conversion 49:43'
  • Southend Player Try 55:32'
  • Southend Player Conversion 56:04'
  • Southend Player Yellow Card 61:34'
  • Jamie Forsyth Try 64:59'
  • Charlie Edwards Conversion 65:21'
  • Marcus Grima Sub On 70:52'
  • Cameron Del Moro Try 73:41'
  • Charlie Edwards Conversion 74:12'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Tonbridge Juddian 26 120
2. Wimbledon 26 115
3. Hertford 26 85
4. Westcombe Park 26 84
5. Guernsey 26 74
6. Shelford 26 67
7. Westcliff 26 57

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