Despite Charlton Park acquitting themselves well for long periods of the match Sidcup’s speed of thought and action proved decisive as the home side ran in four tries to consign Charlton to their second defeat of the league season.
From the start of the match both sides tried to play with flair and it was Sidcup were the first to apply pressure but in their efforts to defend Charlton gave away a penalty enabling the home side to take an early three point lead. Despite falling behind Charlton tried to press when able but several promising attacks petered out against an aggressive well organised Sidcup or self-inflicted mistakes from Charlton gave away possession in play.
During an early period of the first half Sidcup had attempted to score a try with a rolling maul from close to the Charlton try line but good defensive work had thwarted their efforts; however after Sidcup had won the ball against the throw midway through the half this tactic succeeded and they extended the lead to ten points when they scored a converted try.
From the restart a rare error from Sidcup saw Charlton being awarded a kickable penalty from the ensuing scrum but unfortunately this scoring opportunity was wasted and the half finished closely balanced.
Half time substitutions by Sidcup proved to be the difference between the two sides as from the restart Sidcup increased the tempo of their play. It was following Charlton being stripped of the ball at a ruck that saw Sidcup increase their lead after the ball had passed through a number of pairs of hands to score their second converted try of the game.
Charlton’s response was admirable as they start to utilise a slight advantage in the forwards to create some momentum and this lead to them scoring their first points of the match when from a line out they drove Sidcup backwards and following a series of driving plays number eight Rob Saunderson drove over the goal line to touch the ball down for a try.
With their confidence boosted Charlton came more into the game and began to play to their potential and this lead to Sidcup having a player sin binned following a series of penalties conceded at the scrum. Despite the numerical advantage Charlton were unable to create sustained pressure. To compound Charlton’s woes it was following them giving away another penalty that lead to Sidcup scoring their third try of the game with another well executed handling move.
Charlton continued to compete and give glimpses of their attacking skills but it was a number of missed tackles and a quicker response by Sidcup to an attacking situation Sidcup that lead to the home side scoring their fourth try and completing a disappointing afternoon for Charlton.
Next Saturday Charlton host Wimbledon at Broadwalk 3.00pm kick off.