Charlton Park’s difficult season continued last Saturday when they visited long standing opponents Medway for a league match and suffered a comprehensive seven try loss.
From the outset, with the benefit of a strong wind on their backs, Charlton were set back on their heels as following the kicking off they conceded a string of penalties which served to see them get on they the wrong side of the referee, and this was to hinder them for the remainder of the match, and which served to see Medway advancing downfield.
When Charlton conceded a penalty close to their goal line Medway took the scrum option and then drove over for a converted try to take the lead after only five minutes.
The remainder of the first half was closely contested with Medway attacking at every opportunity and spending large periods of the half in Charlton’s half. Charlton’s defence was on occasions breached but Medway wasted the advantage through a mixture of missed passes or their lineout malfunctioning. Despite the long periods spent defending Charlton did create their own scoring opportunities leading to them being awarded two long penalty kicks which they attempted but missed.
The second half saw Medway double their lead within the first minute when following their kick off, a handling move saw several Charlton Park defenders beaten and they touched down for a try. This was the precursor of a torrid second half as Charlton conceded a further five second half tries through a combination of running rugby and occasional lapses by Charlton that saw them unable to contain a Medway team whose confidence increased as the half progressed.