By Gloucester Roundhead
at Dornan Fields New Malden
Weather : Windy, Sunshine and Cloud, Dry.
London Chargers 36 All Golds 6
Southern Conference League Quarter – Final
For the major part of the opening quarter it appeared as though a match worthy of its billing was in the making with action at both ends of the field with the visitors going close in the shape of Sean Roberts being held up and a trademark George Bvuma 60 metres dash.
However a searing Ade Aderiye break was finished off by Todd Peut to put the home side in front. The All Golds continued to show defensive resilience with Dent, Evans and Bvuma all featuring. Nonetheless nine minutes later the Chargers were over again after a neat dummy from Adam Simm. Peut tacked on the extras. It was becoming plainly obvious that the London side was gaining the mastery and beginning to play some very controlled and well executed Rugby League. This was summed up perfectly when a delightful handling movement sent Liam Duffy over the line thus ensuring the Chargers led 14 – 0 lead. This was soon to be 20 – 0 on the stroke of half-time when Luke Rosvell added to the touchdown tally with Mike Butcher converting.
The second stanza again saw the All Golds display some quality play on attack and improved ball control saw them camped in the opposition half for the opening period. A combination of stout defending though and unforced errors was sufficient to turn the tide once more. After securing a foothold in All Golds’ territory good dummy half work resulted in a try for Ben Coburn. This did spur the men from Gloucester into a retort and this produced a try from close in by Ash Lewis with Rhys Evans bringing the score to 24 – 6. Any chance of a fightback though was snuffed out by a splendid Joe Briggs break who cut through from distance. Mike Butcher converted. Finally and fittingly Chargers’ man of the match Douglas Chirnside provided the icing on the Capital cake with a concluding score at the final whistle. Mike Butcher’s conversion closed proceedings with a final score of 36 – 6. The match was controlled to a high standard by referee Ken Edwards who earned the plaudits of both sets of players. The match was played in excellent spirits with the Chargers rightfully securing a semi-final berth after an accomplished and professional performance.
☆ A disappointed All Golds’ head coach Marcus Brown assessed the game in the following way:
” Chargers were good, but I’ve seen our boys put in a much bigger performance this season and today we did not rise to those standards. In parts of the game we did show how we can play, but it needs to be for 80 minutes.”
He continued with a summary of the season:
” The season has been very successful in my eyes. I’ve learned lot from the group of players this year and some senior players have performed consistently whilst some new players have come in and put in a big shift for the club and they will be rewarded in the long run. Others need to reflected on their performances and honesty and ask themselves is this level for me? Am I working hard enough for my team mates? Is this level too much of a commitment for me? ”
☆ Scoring sequence:
4-0, 10-0, 14-0, 20-0 ( Half Time ) 24-0, 24-6, 30-6, 36-6.
London Chargers – 6 ; All Golds – 7
☆ Teams –
1 Eric Sims 2 George Geddes 3 Luke Rosvall 4 Liam Duffy 5 Benjamin Jayson 6 Adam Simm 7 Michael Buther 8 Ade Aderiye 9 Douglas Chirnside 10 Michael Chivers 11 Benjamin Coburn 12 Joe Briggs 13 David O’Connor 14 Michael Scott 15 Todd Peut 16 Luke Keanie 17 Christopher Beaven
1 Jack Uren 2 George Bvuma 3 Marcus Brown 4 Kaine Dimech 5 James Royle 6 Rhys Evans 7 Joe Uren 8 Mitchell Dent 9 Sean Roberts 10 Ash Lewis 11Joe Collins 12 Hector Silva 13 Paul Bolger 14 Mason Robbins 15 Josh Verity 19 Kieran Harvey 20 Aseri Lewasaru
☆ Man of the Match:
London Chargers – Douglas Chirnside.
All Golds – Mitchell Dent.
☆ Referee : Ken Edwards ( London Society )
☆ Image – courtesy of Lewis Mitchell Photography.