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Beckenham II: 12

Sevenoaks Extra 1st XV: 3

SEVENOAKS slumped to their second defeat in a row and lost any winning rhythm they had left after they went down away from home at Beckenham on Saturday.

Playing in the first bitter conditions of the season, Sevenoaks once again fielded a second string with several changes to the fifteen from the week before.

Nevertheless the Extras would have favoured themselves before kickoff, particularly in the backline where the return of Tim Pulham, Dan Scott and Thierry Walker added both strength and pace to Sevenoaks’ attack.

Beckenham soon set about playing their favoured style of rugby, with their big bulky forwards and equally bulky backs running hard at the Sevenoaks defence.

Oak’s pack, not quite as supple as ones from previous weeks though still with a tonne of experience, struggled early on against the home team’s bulk.

Beckenham, a side who always know how to play to their strengths began to push Sevenoaks back at the scrums and secured their own possession at line-outs with ease.

The well retained possession from the home team soon proved its worth when Beckenham worked the blind side deep in Sevenoaks’ half and found space out wide.

Moving the ball away from the ruck, Beckenham quickly found their way to the corner as they went over the line for their first try of the afternoon, with the conversion following.

Straight away Sevenoaks looked to make amends as a quick-thinking kick from Pulham saw a narrow race to the line result in a home side 22 drop-out.

Once again back into Beckenham’s half Sevenoaks went and had the chance to put themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty close on the home team’s 22. However the wind proved too much of a factor and Oak’s effort rebounded off the post.

The Extra 1st XV, a side not used to being down early on, were soon back on their oppositions’ 22 though and converted a penalty at the second time of asking, Walker kicking the three points.

Only 7-3 down with seconds before the referee blew his whistle for halftime, Sevenoaks looked favourable to take the lead after the break with the wind in their favour.

But a lapse in concentration from the Sevenoaks defence let Beckenham claim their second try right on halftime, leaving the score at the break what would ultimately be the fulltime result, 12-3.

From the restart Beckenham dominated upfront and Sevenoaks’ pack began to crumble. Frequent loss of their own scrums put Sevenoaks regularly on the back foot and it was almost a half without compliment for the away team, until Walker’s moment of magic.

A break in open play from the halfway line saw Sevenoaks’ fullback glide past several Beckenham players, before he chipped the ball over his opposite number and looked certain to collect possession and fall over the line.

Having done the hard work though, Walker could not collect the ball as it slipped through his fingers and along with it so did Sevenoaks’ chance of a comeback.

Sevenoaks Extra 1st XV look to get back to their winning ways this Saturday, as they host local rivals Tonbridge Juddians at Knole Paddock.

Neil Churchill

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