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1st XV - Match centre

Westcombe Park
Sidcup
J Bonner (2), M Holmes
Full time
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J Cameron
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J Cameron (2)
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Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier

Combe let it slip as Sidcup escape to victory.

Westcombe Park 23-32 Sidcup

Combe had a fairly firm grip on the game, had nudged ahead and had old rivals under the cosh, but failed to get points on the board and allowed the visitors to finish with a killer flourish.
It has been a while since Combe have hosted local rivals in a league game, and this fixture would also double as their Kent Cup first round tie. A lot riding on it. A good crowd in. A big occasion for Combe’s mascot Oliver Luscombe leading the team on with captain Joe Bonner. ‘Sunny intervals and showers’, said the forecast. They were right.

The first quarter was littered with penalty awards, mostly for sins at the breakdown as both sides were eager to compete. Sidcup were first on the scoreboard with Joshua Twyford slotting over for 0-3, but James Cameron levelled for Combe soon after. Sidcup showed they could be lively and run with the ball but were undone by final passes going forward. Combe had a line-out ten yards from the Sidcup line. The position had been set up by an earlier drive from a line-out on half-way, which made a good thirty yards at some speed. The throw-in bobbled about, skipper Joe Bonner gathered the rebound and cruised in for the game’s first try. James Cameron added the conversion. Combe 10-3 up. Sidcup responded and came close but Lachlan Jackson intercepted and ran away from danger. Only a few minutes left before the break. Time for Sidcup to add a penalty. Then stripping the ball from Combe under pressure in their own twenty-two, Sidcup countered, with Ben Ibrahim showing a clean pair of heels down the right touchline, over and round to the posts. Try converted. The half is not yet over. From a relieving penalty kick in their own half, the bounce of the ball beats Combe’s cover and the visitor’s hooker, Charlie Hopkins on the follow-up gathers and dives over in the corner. Try converted.10-20. Half time.

As was the case last week, Combe had complete control at the scrum, they had plenty of possession, but could not break down the opposition defence. From the re-start James Cameron had a couple of shots at goal. The second went over. 13-20. Combe were shoving Sidcup all over the place, so more penalties, and in due course yellow cards for the Sidcup front row. This meant uncontested scrums and Sidcup down to twelve. During this period Joe Bonner was driven over for his second try, and Matt Holmes was put in at the corner by Alex Campbell, but that was all. Combe now led 23-20, with less than ten minutes to go but as soon as Sidcup were back to their full complement, they found new energy and momentum, despite the heavy rain. They almost took advantage of an overlap, but were bundled out in the right corner. From the ensuing scrum, number 8 pick-up, close support, score near the posts. Try converted. 23-27. Still time on the clock, and time for another. From a line-out on Combe’s twenty-two, quick front ball, interpassing, down the tramlines, and second row Jack Dutton scores to cement the win. Bonus point to Sidcup, bonus point for Combe denied. Sidcup rode their luck and took their chances.

Combe vs Sidcup 2017
11 photos

Combe had let it slip.
Next week Combe are away to league newcomers Towcestrians, who will also be looking for their first win of the campaign. Combe are next at home on 23rd September when they entertain Westcliff.

Westcombe Park XV: J. Livett; B. Saffery, D. Bonner, S. Pursell, J. Kenward; J. Cameron, M. Holmes; J. Stanford, J. Bonner, J. Forsyth, T. Calohard, T. Christopher, C. O’Sullivan, L. Covington, A. Campbell.
Bench: J. Simmons, D. Fox, L. Jackson.

Match reporter - Bruce Mackenzie.

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Sidcup
13:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
17:00
Try Joe Bonner scores for Westcombe Park
18:00
Conversion James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
32:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Sidcup
36:00
Try Try for Sidcup
37:00
Conversion Conversion for Sidcup
39:00
Try Try for Sidcup
40:00
Conversion Conversion for Sidcup
45:00
Penalty James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
55:00
Try Joe Bonner scores for Westcombe Park
68:00
Try Matt Holmes scores for Westcombe Park
73:00
Try Try for Sidcup
74:00
Conversion Conversion for Sidcup
78:00
Try Try for Sidcup

Videos and photos

Combe vs Sidcup 2017
11 photos
Combe vs Sidcup 2017

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jamie Forsyth is awarded player of the match for Westcombe Park
78:00 Try 23 - 32
Try for Sidcup
74:00 Conversion 23 - 27
Conversion for Sidcup
73:00 Try 23 - 25
Try for Sidcup
68:00 Try 23 - 20
Matt Holmes scores for Westcombe Park
55:00 Try 18 - 20
Joe Bonner scores for Westcombe Park
45:00 Penalty 13 - 20
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Lachlan Jackson is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
Dan Fox is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Sub On
James Simmons is substituted on for Westcombe Park
40:00 Conversion 10 - 20
Conversion for Sidcup
End of period 1
39:00 Try 10 - 18
Try for Sidcup
37:00 Conversion 10 - 13
Conversion for Sidcup
36:00 Try 10 - 11
Try for Sidcup
32:00 Penalty 10 - 6
Penalty kicked for Sidcup
18:00 Conversion 10 - 3
James Cameron kicks a conversion for Westcombe Park
17:00 Try 8 - 3
Joe Bonner scores for Westcombe Park
13:00 Penalty 3 - 3
James Cameron kicks a penalty for Westcombe Park
6:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Sidcup
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Westcombe Park
  • Sidcup
  • 0
  • Penalty 6:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 13:00'
  • Joe Bonner Try 17:00'
  • James Cameron Conversion 18:00'
  • Penalty 32:00'
  • Try 36:00'
  • Conversion 37:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Lachlan Jackson Sub On 40:00'
  • Dan Fox Sub On 40:00'
  • James Simmons Sub On 40:00'
  • Conversion 40:00'
  • James Cameron Penalty 45:00'
  • Joe Bonner Try 55:00'
  • Matt Holmes Try 68:00'
  • Try 73:00'
  • Conversion 74:00'
  • Try 78:00'
  • Jamie Forsyth Player of the Match 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Dorking 10 26
9. Guildford 10 25
10. Tunbridge Wells 10 25
11. Shelford 10 17
12. Westcombe Park 10 13
13. Southend Saxons 10 11
14. Towcestrians 10 6

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