In a match were Charlton Park had been on the back foot for long periods a last minute penalty ensured that they gained some reward for their efforts with a losing bonus point.
From the onset Beckenham look the side most likely to score with a game plan that saw their forwards driving strongly and crisp handling from their backs ensured that Charlton were forced to play deep in their own half although their defence was equal to the task and they were able to clearance the danger on a number of occasions with clearance kicks from Tiberius Dimofte
Beckenham finally broke the deadlock when following being awarded a penalty from the ensuing lineout they retained possession through multiple phases of play, they scored a try under the goal posts to aid the subsequent successful conversion.
It was following a period of play in the Beckenham half that Charlton struck back when following Beckenham knocking the ball forward whilst trying to field a kick Charlton was awarded a scrum close to the home side’s goal line. Although Beckenham managed to start pushing Charlton backwards good play from Rob Saunderson saw him pick the ball up and his pass set into play a play that saw Jeremy Montes handing off the final defender to score Charlton’s opening try.
Beckenham struck back almost immediately when following a driving maul that saw them release the ball to their backs who took the ball 45 metres up field and they were rewarded with a penalty which was kicked to extend their lead.
Throughout the half first half Charlton’s tight play had been under pressure and it was at a scrum Beckenham the disrupted Charlton’s put in and they emerged with the ball in their possession. With Charlton on the back foot Beckenham scored their second converted try of the half. play and they had a further two penalty attempts to extend the lead but fortunately for Charlton they both missed.
Prior to the start of the second half Charlton made a couple of substitutions which improved their second half play. It was midway through the second half that saw Charlton lineout falter close to their goal line and when the ball went loose Beckenham were the quicker of the two sides to react and they pounced on the le ball and scored their third try.
Throwing caution to the wind Charlton increased the tempo of their play as they went in search of tries to narrow the deficit. It was following more good work from Saunderson when the tapped a penalty and his drive attracted in Beckenham’s defence and following good handling Tommy Nightingale crossed the goal line to score a try and having missed one conversion in the first half break Alan Knuckey did not miss this time.
It was a break from Knuckey who set in motion the move that saw Charlton score their third try when he was tackled good support running saw Ben Chappell on his shoulder and Chappell touched the ball down.
Charlton went close to scoring a fourth try in the last minute of the match but unfortunately the final pass hit a supporting player running a support line. Despite the error Charlton were playing with an advantage and with the last kick of the game Knuckey made a successful kick to secure Charlton a losing bonus point.