Saturday’s second pre-season match with clubs north of the water once again provided a proper examination of prospective first team players. The approach of the teams was different – the hosts played what seemed to be a settled side, with the odd sub from the second team playing on a nearby pitch; Charlton Park, with about a dozen new members, needed to see how, where and whether they fitted in. So a hard game was needed and Old Streetonians provided it with some well-drilled plays from the line-out and across the backs.
In the first quarter they sped into a 21-0 lead, but Park looked dangerous through the middle and came back with three tries of their own. A poor kick and then an interception gave the home team the opportunity to extend their lead before Park finished with the try of the game.
This was a beneficial game to both clubs. With the loss of several important players over the Covid hiatus and with several missing the game Park have been benefitted by the arrival of new young players and it will be exciting seeing how they can fit in and contribute.
In addition a squad of 3rds/4ths played away against their Gravesend equivalents with a narrow defeat.