Match Report – Reeds Weybridge RFC vs Old Haileyburians – 02-03-19
Rampant Reeds win Surrey 1 in style with 4 games left to play
Reeds Weybridge RFC 95 Old Haileyburians 0 , Surrey League One
Haileyburians and Reeds Weybridge were both promoted from Surrey League 2 last year and before this result OH’s were second in the table behind Reeds, games between these two long established clubs have always been close run affairs.
With that backdrop, no one could have predicted such a decisive outcome for Reeds which in turn confirmed their position as Surrey One Champions.
Haileyburians were down the slope in the first half and with a stiff breeze behind them pinned Reeds down in their own twenty two, but whenever Reeds got half a chance to run the ball, they did and they had the pace, handling skills and guile out wide to cause the visitors all sorts of problems.
And if OH’s hadn’t got enough problems covering the attacks from Reeds threats in the open spaces they were under pressure in the tight from Josh Brown and Richard Philip who caused some real damage.
It was young James Botterill who opened up the scoring for Reeds, he is seriously quick with dazzling feet as well, a real handful for any defence. George Corner, Reeds ubiquitous hooker was next on the score sheet after he broke away from a loose maul and Reeds had ten points on the board.
However at that stage there was no indication that Reeds were going to run away with the game in such a dramatic fashion, however, by the change round Botterill had collected his second try of the day, Billy Maddock had burst through the midfield for a seven pointer and Alex Corner the No 8 had bashed his way over, it was a five try lead and Reeds had the slope, a 31-0 lead, and that stiff breeze behind them to come.
There was no let up from Reeds in that second half, Haileyburians were under the cosh in all departments and Reeds displayed their full bouquet of skills, huge spiralling passes to their quick men, midfield thrusts, magical running from Tom McClean in the centre, chips over the defence all had the visitors reeling.
When Tom McClean clocked up the sixth try of the day with a sidestep like a jack knife it was effectively game over. OH’s were not coming back from that deficit, but Reeds piled on the agony with another nine tries, fifteen in total.
It was a real 80 minute performance with forwards and backs combining imperviously with fantastic support play and a range of passing interplays on display and it amounted to a comprehensive defeat for Haileyburians who were competitive and aggressive throughout but were second best when it came to pace, fitness and ball handling skills in the ideal weather conditions.
In short it was a day when Reeds were firing on all cylinders with the opposition having no answers.
There are four league games left in the Surrey League One but Reeds now have an unassailable lead at the top and are Surrey League One Champions and will be plying their trade in the divisional leagues next season.
Next week Reeds are at home to Old Wimbledonians, the following week, March 16th Reeds are again at home, this time against Hitchin, top of Herts and Middx League One, in the L&SE final of the RFU Junior Vase. The winners of that game will face a West Country side, either Chipping Norton or Old Cryptians with the winners appearing at Twickenham in the Vase Final on 5th May.
After the match, DoR Nigel Connell did not offer the usual man of the match award but instead awarded it to the entire first team squad for their collective efforts over the course of the season and which have brought us to this point.
Having won the league it is now a case of setting new targets for the rest of the season to create a real legacy.