Sidcup 6 Westcombe Whites 1 by Tom Barrett
By Rebecca Cahill
The boys deserved their post game pie and chips!
Sidcup 6 Westcombe Whites 1
Westcombe Whites conceded possession early on in the opening game and the home side soon got on the scoreboard as one of their big forwards ran it home from 10 yards. Sidcup had Coombe on the backfoot and the number 10 soon made it 2 from a burst down the blindside after Wolves lost a scrum against the head. Shortly after Oscar got trampled on in the middle of a ruck and had to leave the pitch in discomfort. The home side’s backrow forward then sprinted impressively 50 odd yards which was tough on Coombe who had started gaining territory through some kicks from Matthew and a good burst from Jack Pillar. Sidcup’s bigger pack were winning the upfront battle in rucks and scrums and this was sucking Coombe into the midfield leaving space on the flanks and the home side scored two tries out wide to take the half 5-0.
In the second period Sidcup’s pacey winger scored on the right byeline from 30 yards out but Wolves battled well to draw the half and a speedy break from Tommy Hill almost broke the lines before Hayden was fed well by an alert Matthew as he sped home from 30 yards.
This was an energy sapping game on a large pitch in difficult and blustery conditions. Adem was at least one other casualty on the day and the boys should be proud of putting up a good fight against a tough pack – well done!
Sidcup 0 Westcombe Blues 5
In the second match Coombe attacked from the off and a burst and a pass from Christopher fed Hayden who did what he does best from 30 yards out. Westcombe Blues were dominating and strong running in the forwards from Alfie and Dylan built up a platform for more scores: Initially Hayden seemed to touch down after a fly hack although it appeared that the ref gave a 22 drop out but, either way, Hayden soon sniffed out yet another score after a trademark interception to speed home impressively as Coombe deservedly went further ahead at half time.
Shortly after the break Hayden scored again after a jinking run down the left and a minute later a busy Tom C offloaded to Christopher who ran the ball home well from distance through the heart of the Sidcup defence. Wolves sealed the win with the try of the day as the ball was shipped to Hayden who then drew the defence before feeding James who’d joined the line from fullback position and powered home impressively from deep – simple yet effective! Coombe then did very well not to concede as strong defending from Toby, Christopher and Will all thwarted Sidcup when they looked certain scorers.
These were a demanding couple of games but there was some good committed rugby on show and lots of positives to take and the boys deserved their pie and chips post game!