14 SEPTEMBER 2013

In a closely contested match it was Charlton Park that started their new league season in the best possible way when they scored a narrow win over old rivals Medway.

Charlton made the worst possible start to the game when from the kick off they seemed to lose sign of the ball and the consequence was that they conceded a penalty and Medway accepted the chance to open the scoring with a successful kick.

Having taken the lead Medway increased the tempo of play and they laid siege to Charlton in the visitors half of the pitch and it required all Charlton’s defensive capabilities, aided with astute kicking from Thor Norman aided Charlton to prevent Medway converting the pressure into further points.

Despite defending for long periods flashes of Charlton’s attacking capabilities were evident with centre Ben Chappell making several telling breaks out of defence. Winger Reion Rabye, making his league debut for Charlton, was unfortunate not to score a try when an astute cross field kick bounced into touch close to the goal line and just eluding his grasp.

Ten minutes later after they had turned the ball over at a break down Charlton launched a counter attack and after swift transference of the ball Rabye was denied another try when his chip ahead once again bounced into touch just short of the goal line with him in pursuit.

Through out the half, despite defending well Charlton had been gaining a slight advantage at the scrum and line out and it was following a scrum Rob Saunderson made a break and in their efforts to regain possession Medway gave away a penalty some forty five metres from their goal line. To Charlton’s anguish Tom Amzaleg’s kick caught on the wind and drifted just wide of the goal posts.

Throughout the first half another league debutant full back Tom Coad, had made a number of good breaks out of defence and it was he that enabled Charlton to take the lead, on the stroke of half time; when following Charlton turning the ball over at a lineout in their twenty two metre area and after a break from Saunderson and good interchanged of passes Coad was on hand to take the final pass and he outstripped the Medway defence to score the opening try of the match under the goal posts to aid Amzaleg’s successful conversion.

The second half saw Medway’s play forcing Charlton to play the opening twenty minutes of the period in their own twenty two metre area of the pitch.  but Charlton’s defensive capabilities were equal to the threat and nullified Medway’s play.

Having played for a long period in their own half it was slightly against the run of play when following an excursion in to the Medway half Charlton expertise at a break down enabled them to extend their lead with an Amzaleg penalty which bounced over following a ricochet off the goal posts. With both sides cancelling each other’s efforts out and despite Medway’s best efforts Charlton maintained their lead to run out winners.

On Saturday 21st September Charlton Park entertain near neighbours Old Colfeians 3.00 pm kick off.


Medway’s view of the match

The 2013/14 league season got underway at Priestfields on Saturday with a tough match against our old adversaries Charlton Park from South London. After a long hot summer, the weather picked up where it left off last season and was wet, cold and miserable! Charlton have narrowly missed out on promotion in the last two seasons, losing the play-off match on both occasions and therefore Medway knew this was always going to be a tough opening.

Coaches Taff Gwilliam and Ginger Longstaff have been busy during the summer months doing a bit of a rebuilding job on the team as a number of last season’s players have departed for one reason or another.

As for the game, there isn’t really a great deal to report on as both teams effectively cancelled each other out. Charlton deserved their narrow victory which was based upon a powerful performance from their pack, and they were dangerous on the counter attack using their speedy back three to good effect. Medway got on the score board right from the kick-off with a well struck penalty from Ollie Best. The rest of the first half was an evenly contested affair with Medway probably shading the first twenty and then Charlton the second. Charlton did miss a couple of penalties and probably also waste a good try scoring opportunity when the wrong option was taken. On the stroke of half time Medway played with width and tried to run out of their half. The ball was lost in contact and Charlton countered brilliantly, keeping the ball alive and scoring a very well worked try under the posts. 7 – 3 to Charlton at the break.

The second half was not much different to the first, fairly even apart from the Charlton pack taking a firmer grip of the game, especially at scrum time. Try as they might, Medway could not establish the platform they needed to get back into the game. The only points scored during the second period were from a simple penalty for the visitors when Medway were penalised at the breakdown. Final score 10 – 3 to Charlton Park.

For a team in transition and rebuilding for the future, there were a number of positives to take from the game for Medway and they should not be too disappointed with the loss against a good team. The back row played well and new boys Beaumont and Huntley are very good new additions. Max Easton playing at 6 was man of the match for the home side and Best, Dance and Wadsworth all looked lively in the backs.

By Roe Belcher


Medway’s View of the Match

Medway 3 Charlton Park 10 (London 2 South East) – 14 September 2013

The 2013/14 league season got underway at Priestfields on Saturday with a tough match against our old adversaries Charlton Park from South London. After a long hot summer, the weather picked up where it left off last season and was wet, cold and miserable! Charlton have narrowly missed out on promotion in the last two seasons, losing the play-off match on both occasions and therefore Medway knew this was always going to be a tough opening.

Coaches Taff Gwilliam and Ginger Longstaff have been busy during the summer months doing a bit of a rebuilding job on the team as a number of last season’s players have departed for one reason or another.

As for the game, there isn’t really a great deal to report on as both teams effectively cancelled each other out. Charlton deserved their narrow victory which was based upon a powerful performance from their pack, and they were dangerous on the counter attack using their speedy back three to good effect. Medway got on the score board right from the kick-off with a well struck penalty from Ollie Best. The rest of the first half was an evenly contested affair with Medway probably shading the first twenty and then Charlton the second. Charlton did miss a couple of penalties and probably also waste a good try scoring opportunity when the wrong option was taken. On the stroke of half time Medway played with width and tried to run out of their half. The ball was lost in contact and Charlton countered brilliantly, keeping the ball alive and scoring a very well worked try under the posts. 7 – 3 to Charlton at the break.

The second half was not much different to the first, fairly even apart from the Charlton pack taking a firmer grip of the game, especially at scrum time. Try as they might, Medway could not establish the platform they needed to get back into the game. The only points scored during the second period were from a simple penalty for the visitors when Medway were penalised at the breakdown. Final score 10 – 3 to Charlton Park.

For a team in transition and rebuilding for the future, there were a number of positives to take from the game for Medway and they should not be too disappointed with the loss against a good team. The back row played well and new boys Beaumont and Huntley are very good new additions. Max Easton playing at 6 was man of the match for the home side and Best, Dance and Wadsworth all looked lively in the backs.