Despite a resurgence in their play during the second half a number of errors committed throughout the match cost Charlton Park dearly as they lost a league match against their near neighbours Sidcup last Saturday
From the onset Sidcup gained the upper hand and within the first ten minutes had created two scoring opportunities which, luckily for Charlton, they were unable to convert into points and it was Charlton who took the lead through a penalty from Alex Miller after Sidcup were adjudged off side.
With Charlton holding a narrow lead seemed to concentrate Sidcup and they proceeded to play the majority of the first half deep in Charlton’s territory aided by a string of errors and assisted by a marked superiority in their play.
The result of Charlton’s inability to control the scrum, especially at the scrummage and forward play was to prove decisive as the home side scored three first half tries, the first two tries was the result of Charlton being pushed backwards at a scrum close to their goal line and the second from a well executed rolling maul.
Despite making an occasional error Sidcup’s backs had looked sharp as they ran the ball from all parts of the pitch and they were aided by weak tackling at times from Charlton. It was following Sidcup running back a Charlton clearance kick that they true attacking capabilities were exhibited as the ball was moved from deep in their half, through numerous pairs of hands and moved up field, for a try to be scored.
Despite Charlton defending for long periods of the first half, when they had the opportunity they tried to attack and tried to make progress up field but were thwarted by Sidcup’s defence.
The score at half time was 19-3 in Sidcup’s favour but a slight improvement in Charlton’s play was becoming apparent as they began to implement their own game plan.
The second half started well for Charlton as they tried to run the ball but they were not helped by the errors they continued to make dropping the ball or their inability to control the ball at the scrummage; and it was this facet of play that created Sidcup’s fourth try. With Charlton putting the ball into the scrum a drive by Sidcup caused problems for Charlton and the ball squirted out the side and following good reactions and good pass Sidcup created an overlap enabling them to score the try.
It required a last ditch tackle from Cassizi to prevent Sidcup extending their lead but as the home side began slacken off the intensity of their play Charlton began to put together periods of possession but a wrongly taken option saw them waste a good scoring opportunity.
Charlton’s tactic of trying to run the ball however cost them dearly as they were unable to prevent Sidcup gaining possession at a break down and a following Sidcup running move saw them score a fifth try.
A change in emphasis in Charlton’s tactics bore fruit as their robust forwards began to drive the ball with Luke Boyns, Mark Harlow-Singh and Robert Saunderson prominent. Despite a sixth try for Sidcup Charlton continued to try and play and it was following Saunderson taking the ball up field Charlton seemed to click into gear and following a series of phases Cassizi finished off the play by scoring Charlton’s opening try of the game. match. A second try scored by scrum half Kenny Molekoa, following more driving play and a conversion from Miller began to to give some respectability to the score.
Another try for Sidcup was the result of yet another error in play by Charlton before in the dying minutes of the match Charlton were rewarded for their determination when they created a try for Tommy Nightingale after a Harlow-Singh, a long cut-out pass in midfield saw Nightingale gather the ball to touch down for the try which Miller converted with the last kick of the game.