For the first time in several seasons Charlton Park and Dartfordians competed for the Rupert Cup on Saturday, as a result of the Kent Plate Fixture between the two sides and a rearranged 4th team game. The Cup goes to the club with the best aggregate points score over all the games played, but, as luck and statistics would have it, the two games produced a draw, Park winning the first team game 57-19 and Darts winning the fourths by exactly the same margin. At this point the Dave Phillips Law comes into practice, so Darts regained custody of the coveted trophy.

For both clubs this was an occasion to relax, forget their league priorities and to renew old acquaintances and to share memories of past games. Charlton’s domination of the game in the first half, after which they led 31-0, meant that Andy Miller was able to ring the changes, bringing on young hopefuls Felix Louisy (yes, really), Ally Young and Matt Thomas, along with John Costi. All made their mark, with Young and Costi sneaking in for tries and Thomas with a yellow card! Dartfordians showed what a dangerous side they can be after the break with three long-range tries, but Park were able to keep them at arms’ length.

Altogether Charlton scored nine tries, the remaining seven coming from two penalty tries, Harlow-Singh, Collins, Nightingale, Saunderson (who also converted with aplomb) and Normann. So they now play Colfes or Dunstonians away in the Kent Plate Semi-Final, but both clubs return next week to the more important challenges of promotion from London South-East 3, and survival in London 1.