A little bit late – apologies

In a game where both sides scored three tries ill-discipline and the resulting penalties conceded by Charlton Park cost them dearly as they suffered a defeat to near neighbours Dartfordians.From the initial kick off and before Charlton had time to settle they fell behind when their clearance kick failed to find touch and a lively Dartfordians back line ran to ball back and breaking a last despairing tackle scored a well worked try in the corner.

Although being harried by a Dartfordians side Charlton managed to put several good spells of play together and Alan Knuckey was close to posting Charlton’s first points when he went close to scoring a try following a chip and chase but the ball eluded him at the critical moment.

Dartfordians play continued to cause Charlton problems and the home side’s forwards were gaining the upper hand in the tight exchanges and this disrupted Charlton’s play. It required sterling defensive work by Alfie Lisle to prevent a second try with a last ditch tackle.

Then Charlton’s ill-discipline began to become a factor and following a successful long range penalty for Dartfordians set the alarm bells ringing that they could not afford to give away penalties in their own half.

Charlton posted their first points of the game with an Alex Miller penalty, awarded after a fine rolling maul by their  forwards who despite their problems in the tight were still effective in open play. Their first points seemed to settle their play and when Charlton were awarded a penalty they opted for field position and from the ensuing rolling maul Chad Reay burrowed over to touch the ball down to continue his try scoring run. Miller added the ensuing conversion to enable Charlton to take a narrow lead.

Holding the lead Charlton still struggled to contain Dartfordians running play and further indiscretions in open play saw them concede a further two penalties in kicking range to give Dartfordians back the lead. Following a lineout in Dartfordians twenty-two metre area It was a well taken running line from John Beith that saw him at full speed him take a pass and take him straight through the middle of the home side’s defence to touch the ball down under the goal posts for Charlton’s second try to aid Miller’s subsequent conversion.

It was an error form Charlton that lead to Dartfordians scoring their third try half way through the second half to increase their lead when a loose clearance kick was fielded by the home side in their half and their handling and interplay saw them breach Charlton’s defence leading to a converted try.

Charlton continued to press but their inability to retain possession allied to very solid defence from Dartfordians meant that they were unable to gain any period of concerted pressure. It was following a period of play where the sides exchanged penalties Dartfordians direct running lines and handling saw them score a converted try, their third of the game to increase the deficit.

The closing period of the match saw Charlton score their third try of the match when following a powerful run by Jeremy Montes when he was tackled good interplay between backs and forwards saw Reay score his second try of the game to give Charlton a glimmer of bonus points. With only a minute remaining in the match when Charlton were awarded a penalty following the restart they had the opportunity to achieve this aim but a further example of ill-discipline saw the penalty being reversed and to compound the error the subsequent kick was successful ensuring Charlton gained no material reward for their efforts.