KCHRFC 2nd XV continue unbeaten streak with big win At Becs
By Chris Hogwood
Match report from Dave Ledger
After an early morning deluge, the sun (momentarily) appeared for kick off at The Sparrow’s Den. King’s can always expect a tough and competitive fixture against Beccehamians, and the pre-match chat was mostly focused on making sure we kept it physical and competitive up front and “earn the right to go wide” as the old cliché goes.
Playing with the gradient in the first half, King’s downhill runners were countered by some sturdy Becs defence, and the game largely got into a rhythm that most were expecting from the off. Given the slippery conditions a lot of tight play from both sides led to a battle up front. After some handling errors and cheap penalties from both teams, King’s started to find their stride and fly half Ben Davies’ distribution into the wide channels was starting to cause Becs some problems. Mid way through the half King’s made the breakthrough courtesy of a scything break from full back Shenton Charles, and Will Hinds was on hand to finish the move off. Becs responded well and King’s were again drawn into an arm wrestle up front. The breakdown was becoming increasingly competitive and with big hits flying in from both sides, inevitably both teams got pinged for their indiscretions. A Shenton Charles penalty meant King’s were 10-0 to the good at the half time oranges.
At half time King’s were a bit subdued, despite looking on top for long periods and playing down the slope we only had 10 points to show for it. Just stick to the game plan and keep plugging away, good things will happen, no need to panic, we can use the bench etc. etc.
Fitness has never been a hallmark of King’s teams, but currently it seems to be paying dividends. The second half did indeed see an increasingly tired Becs outfit leave plenty of holes out wide for the King’s backs to exploit. It’s hard to see everything from the bottom of a ruck but I seem to recall great tries from James “Wheels” Tredinnick, Ben Davies and Jonny “Could Be A Centre” Hiscox. Special mention to Christophe Rident, who after scoring under the posts was confident enough not to wait for the tee and go for a drop goal, only to smack it directly against the left upright!
Notable performances in the pack from Will Hinds, Will Barraclough and Jonny Hiscox; and in the backs from Ben Davies, Shenton Charles and James Treddinick. Also great to see new lads Adam Park and Adam Turner put in good shifts on debut!
Final score 46-0 and a very enjoyable win, always pleasing to go away and keep the opposition to nil. The unbeaten start to the season continues – you’re welcome Seal!
(As we were unable to field a full front row, this match is marked down as a draw in the league).