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November 12th Roundup

November 14th 2022

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Another week where the cold has settled in, but it wasn't as biting as it could have been. The 1st XV travelled to top of the league Sevenoaks, the Mustangs hosted New Ash Green and the Veterans whizzed down the M20 to play Ashford III. All turned out to be high scoring games with much to go through, so we have tried to condense the action as best we can.

We start as always with the 1st XV at Knowle Paddock, where an upset looked to be on the cards from the off.

Our lads came out of the blocks ready and found themselves two tries up with only six minutes on the clock, after some flowing rugby cut through the Sevenoaks defence, as well as a quick turn over in our own 22 going the rest of the pitch length to score. The hosts shook the cobwebs and at half time led narrowly 17 - 14. The first twenty of the second half was equally contested, with the hosts eventually pulling away 35 - 26 and opting on several occasions to take the three points to try and put distance between themselves and the Stones, rather than run in other scores. It was credit to our defence and resolve. An excellent performance from a growing side, showing signs of things beginning to click into place. A flattering 47 - 26 scoreline in the end for the hosts, but a valuable bonus point for us and a lot of positives to takeaway.

Back on home soil the Mustangs were in a barnstorming game on the top pitch against New Ash Green. A back and forth game saw debut tries from the Harrison brothers Jack and Ryan on opposite wings, as well as a fantastic Try through the middle for Harrison Rowe. It was the boot that made sure of the narrow win, as an enthralling game ended 27 - 24 to the resurging Mustangs.

Down at Ashford the Veterans found themselves involved in a game played in great spirit, although they probably didn't fancy coming up against a couple of returning 1st teamers getting back into the swing of things. We wish speedy recoveries to Gary Griffiths and David Raux, as well as extend our thanks to Ashford for lending players to even up the numbers. Maidstone did win the second half to take some consolation away 12 - 11, but it was the hosts who won the overall scoring contest 51 - 24.

A rest week this week, but the Evergreen side make the trip to Folkestone for their second Pool game of the Spitfire Gold Veterans Competition on Sunday. If you are not at the VP lunch them why not get down to the coast to support our team as they look to make it two from two. As for Saturday, put your feet up and watch the All Blacks put England to the sword, as even the top teams have bad patches. As long as it repairs itself in time for the World Cup it will be okay....right?