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Heathfield & Waldron
M Hendry
M Hendry
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

Resilient Beckenham overcome much-changed Heathfield

Fine solo try by Marcus Hendry cannot compensate for lineout frailties

Heathfield 8 Beckenham 21
Heathfield finally gave best to Beckenham at the end of an entertaining and fluctuating game. The home side were perhaps unlucky not to collect a losing bonus point but were handicapped by some poor execution, especially in the lineout. So far this season in the four league games before this match Heathfield had used 32 different players as a result of injuries and availability issues which has handicapped the development of any consistent units in the team. This week saw seven changes in the starting 15 from last week for similar reasons so the final outcome today was not surprising.
In good conditions Heathfield initially played down the slope and with the wind. The visitors had an early penalty opportunity but it drifted wide. Heathfield had some decent positions, at least partly from some good kicking out of hand by Sean Crozier. However it soon became apparent that the change in personnel was having a major impact on the home lineout which had a generally poor day and often ruined otherwise promising situations. It has to be said that the Beckenham lineout also creaked and often coughed up possession but they seemed to have more variations and clearly won that phase.
Beckenham achieved a good attacking position in the left hand corner from a penalty and will be disappointed not to have scored at this point. However after a couple of scrums Heathfield contained the attack and then secured a 22 drop-out which Fabian Rimmer belted a massive distance downfield, dribbling into touch, relieving the pressure.
With fifteen minutes gone Marcus Hendry kicked a tricky penalty to open the scoring (3-0). Heathfield enjoyed several effective passages of play with one pleasing handling move involving multiple players including Gus Taylor, Fraser Goatcher, Oli Robertshaw and Munch May before it was just contained by the cover. Beckenham were looking dangerous on the counterattack and it took a fine tackle back by Ben Boorman to snuff out one such attack after the visiting fly half, Louis Richards, had made many yards in midfield.
Robertshaw had one useful run from the back of a lineout after a poor Beckenham throw but Heathfield rarely looked like taking advantage of the conditions to build the necessary lead for what was going to be a testing second half.
Just before half time Taylor had to leave the field for what looked to be a serious arm injury. He has been very effective this season, including in this game, and his absence will be noticed in the weeks ahead. He was replaced by Sam Shillabeer.
The scrummage was messy all day, partly due to the two loose head props being noticeably bulkier than their colleagues. Neither scrum achieved dominance although the Heathfield one was sometimes under pressure and Robertshaw did some effective tidying up in such situations. Later in the second half the referee lectured both front rows after a succession of untidy scrummages. Heathfield were then penalised when the next scrum wheeled but puzzlingly no further penalties were awarded for the frequent wheels in the rest of the game.
The referee, who normally operates at a higher level, clearly enjoyed the game as well as some banter with female home supporters on the bottom side of the pitch. Some also appreciated his eye-catching colour coordinated shocking pink shirt and boots.
Five minutes into the second half Hendry scored a magnificent try with a solo effort from his own 22. Collecting a long kick out of the Beckenham defence he evaded the follow up and then danced up the left touch line, before chipping ahead and pouncing on a fumble by a defender on the try line (8-0).
This was the home high water mark and most of the rest of the game was played in the home half. First a tap penalty was moved into midfield and Richards made good yards before finding Tane Feldhaus-Davies who dived over under the posts (8-7). Toby Warren was injured in trying to stop the try and was briefly replaced by yet another Heathfield debutant, Will Tyler.
May made one handy run from a tap penalty and was unfortunate not to find Boorman cruising up alongside him. May did some gutsy work in defence, often against much larger opponents. Tom Pritchard put in another fine shift doing the unspectacular but essential work at close quarters.
However Beckenham probably shaded the breakdown with several key turnovers.
The last quarter started with an extended period of Beckenham pressure on the home try line. Just when it seemed that this had been contained Feldhaus-Davies stepped his way to his second try on the day (8-14).
Shillabeer was now replaced by Jack Smith making a welcome reappearance at this level. Home supporters were starting to accept the likely outcome with the losing bonus point when Beckenham’s Richards was binned for a dangerous tackle and this energised Heathfield who sensed a chance to snatch a result. They drove into the corner under the clubhouse balcony and repeated attacks finally ended as the ball was knocked forward over the line.
However Beckenham had the final say as they surged back down the slope and Feldhaus-Davies provided the scoring pass for his side’s third try which denied the home side even the consolation of a losing bonus point.
Given the multiple personnel changes, this might seem a decent piece of damage limitation against one of this league’s stronger sides but actually the closeness of the contest left many home supporters feeling frustrated at how near the team had been to a result.
After a welcome week off Heathfield next visit unbeaten league leaders Dartordians (21 October 3.00pm) for what will be a tough engagement. The coaches will be hoping to achieve a more stable team selection in the weeks ahead.

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Penalty Marcus Hendry kicks a penalty for Heathfield & Waldron
Try Marcus Hendry scores for Heathfield & Waldron

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70:00 Sub On
Will Tyler is substituted on for Heathfield & Waldron
70:00 Sub Off
Toby Warren is substituted off for Heathfield & Waldron
60:00 Sub On
Jack Smith is substituted on for Heathfield & Waldron
60:00 Sub Off
Sam Shillabeer is substituted off for Heathfield & Waldron
End of period 1
35:00 Sub On
Sam Shillabeer is substituted on for Heathfield & Waldron
35:00 Sub Off
Angus Taylor is substituted off for Heathfield & Waldron
20:00 Try 8 - 0
Marcus Hendry scores for Heathfield & Waldron
10:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Marcus Hendry kicks a penalty for Heathfield & Waldron
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Heathfield & Waldron
  • Beckenham
  • 0
  • Marcus Hendry Penalty 10:00'
  • Marcus Hendry Try 20:00'
  • Sam Shillabeer Sub On 35:00'
  • Angus Taylor Sub Off 35:00'
  • Jack Smith Sub On 60:00'
  • Sam Shillabeer Sub Off 60:00'
  • Will Tyler Sub On 70:00'
  • Toby Warren Sub Off 70:00'

Team selection

Hendry, Marcus Hendry, Marcus
Surgey, Tristan Surgey, Tristan
Boorman, Ben Boorman, Ben
Rimmer, Fabian Rimmer, Fabian
Warren, Toby Warren, Toby
Crozier, Sean Crozier, Sean
May, Munch May, Munch
Robertshaw, Ollie Robertshaw, Ollie
Pritchard, Tom Pritchard, Tom
Taylor, Angus Taylor, Angus
Thorkildsen, Lars Thorkildsen, Lars
Wexler, Alex Wexler, Alex
Watkins, Tom Watkins, Tom
Cooley, Richard Cooley, Richard
Goatcher , Fraser Goatcher , Fraser

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Dover 21 60
7. Beckenham 21 56
8. Old Alleynians 22 50
9. Deal & Betteshanger 22 40
10. Heathfield & Waldron 22 40
11. Pulborough 20 17
12. Barking 21 1

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