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16
NOV

South visited the allegedly “Fortress” Fengate home of Peterborough RFC this weekend not only silencing the hostile local supporters, but taking away their home unbeaten record to boot. Actually, Mark Lord’s “boot” who kicked 11 points (including the winning drop goal) adding an interception try for good measure to achieve a full set of scores. Matt Thomas scored the other try in a magnificent performance by all the members of the squad. It was a case of “Proud to be South: part II” as the newly found fluidity, cohesion and beligerent defence continued apace from the Luctonians game, this time with the correct result, added to a great performance.

The game swung one way then the other until the final whistle as both teams fought tooth and nail for supremacy. Early yellow cards for Mike March and Posh’s Ben Crooks set the pattern from the referee Matt Carney who asserted his authority on the teams. He controlled the breakdown well and ignored ex Northampton Saint Jon Phillips who continually attempted to verbally influence his decision making in Posh’s favour throughout the game.

Posh struck first through a Pete Goodley try converted by Duncan Low. South responded with the Lord interception try and conversion after some positive running from Gaz Nicholson and support play from March, Chris Bale and the increasingly influential Sam Badham.

Lord converted a monster penalty from just inside the Posh half to take South into a 10-7 lead at halftime.

The second half started with continued South pressure forcing Posh to concede two long range, but kickable penalties. Lord unfortunately saw both attempts blown off course which diminished the supremacy that South enjoyed at that stage. Posh regrouped and surged upfield to score an unconverted try courtesy of prop Mark Hodges. Score 12-10 to the home side. On the hour Lord converted his second penalty and South introduced Matt Thomas and Steve Green for Gaz Nicholson and Wes Cartwright respectively. Score now 12 -13 in South’s favour. Again Posh responded with a Duncan Low penalty to nudge them ahead 15-13.

South were determined to get back in front and with Kris McFredries controlling the pack South made inroads into the Posh 22. A series of aggressive drives by Jim Matthews, Mark Bayley and Badham enabled Lord to send out a long pass to Rich Lang who put Matt Thomas in the corner for an unconverted try. Score 15-18 to South.

Again Posh came back and Ben Chan scored a penalty for offside to tie the scores at 18-18.

From the high kick off South again forced Posh to lose control of the ball and it was fed back to Mark Lord in the pocket to sweetly strike the winning drop goal. Final score 18-21.

Reasons to be cheerful:

First away win of the campaign.

Took their home unbeaten record away.

Good Referee

Completely silenced the unsporting element of the home crowd who took great pleasure in “Sledging” some members of the South team and shouted during place kicks.

Aggressive offence and defence. (highlight – Dom Greens dump tackle on the aforementioned Phillips)

Commitment from all.

Continuity and trust for each other

This could be the turning point for South this season. On the evidence presented in this game somebody in the near future will be on the end of a try fest. It is interesting to note that only 6 members of this squad played in the corresponding fixture last season. We are virtually a new team, we are evolving and will become a formidable unit.

A rest next week then Kettering at home.

Men of the Match: Mark Lord, Kris McFredries and Sam Badham.

Team: Lang, Collins, Hurst, Armstrong, Nicholson (Thomas), Lord, McFredries, Cartwright (Green.S), Bale, March, Matthews, Badham, Bayley, Green D, Harris.

Unused replacement: Mike Mark

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