Reeds Ill-discipline costs them against a Pacy, Well Drilled OR’s side

OLD REIGATIANS 42 REEDS WEYBRIDGE 21

Reeds long unbeaten league run came to an end last Saturday when a determined Reigatian side managed to control Reeds usually expansive style, forcing handling errors which cost them territory along with an adverse penalty count. It started well enough for Reeds when their front row generated a huge shunt that had the home side rocking back, that domination lasted throughout but it wasn’t enough to shut down the Reigatian attacks and Reeds struggled to contain the home side when they were in possession – and poor discipline gave them plenty of that – and saw a man go to the bin and eventually be red carded. Those lively Reigatian backs have some real pace, they exploited the defence shortage while Reeds were a man down, fired the ball out wide, and clocked up two converted tries, one courtesy is a loose ball which was neatly pounced upon.

Reeds certainly had the upper hand in the tight scrums and in the lineouts as well, that earned them plenty of ball, the ball was fired around the park but too often, the final pass went down. They did manage to claw their way back into the game by way of some splendid penalty kicks from Josh Clark and a try from centre Olly Savill, that left just a point between the two sides at the change round with the score sitting at 14-13. With up front dominance and the possession it looked as if Reeds would get on the score sheet next, but it was the home side who stretched their lead when a series of punishing close mauls allowed the Reigatian back row over the line for a converted try. Josh Clark Reeds fly half had a splendid day with the boot, he banged over a siege gun shot to narrow the difference to five points.

So many tight games are decided in the last quarter and it was the intensity of the Reigatian side in attack and defence together with some serious pace that earned them the victory. It was that pace out wide from the Reigatian winger when he rounded off a flowing cross field movement that put him over the line by the flag for a twelve- point lead. But Reeds are a fit young side with huge resilience, Olly Palmer Reeds scrum half who had been at the heart of so much of Reeds play dived over the line for a try after a side-stepping attack from Joe Moriarty, carried on to the line by George Corner.

Seven points the difference and Reeds sensed their possession and fitness would bring points. However, in those last exchanges Reigatians forced a loose maul close to Reeds line, and the Reigatians front row piled over the line, it was the decisive score. The restart went badly wrong for Reeds, they were lined up in attack mode but the ball was fly kicked up the park with Reeds in pursuit, Reeds were adjudged to have illegally prevented the score and it was a seven-point penalty try and a red card. Not the best way to end things

Reeds will be back on the training ground this week in preparation for their home game against top of the table Chiswick who also slipped up against Chobham next Saturday November 6th

George Spinks

Oct 31st