Sat 28 Oct 2017
Enfield 34 Tabard 19
Tabard will be disappointed with this result in a game which they competed well in and had their fair share of possession. They were guilty however of coughing up the ball through unforced errors which presented their opponents three of their four tries. To their credit the team put in a brave effort against much bigger opponents and what was encouraging was to see the scrum come together and more than hold its own.
Enfield started the game well with a score close to the posts after just two minutes. Their large pack drove towards the Tabard line creating the opening for the early try. Tabard responded well and enjoyed a sustained period of possession but an attempted kick through on half way caught an Enfield player, who with the Tabard defence flat footed, raced through for a second try after 15 minutes. Again Tabard rallied and pressed hard in to the Enfield half. Joe Calnan worked hard in holding up an Enfield player which allowed full back Stevens to make good ground. His offload to the industrious Calnan resulted in a head high tackle which was rightly penalised by the referee. This set up a good attack for Tabard, stopped illegally by Enfield, with Tabard taking a scrum. Enfield were forced in to conceding two further penalties which set up captain Reilly to drive over close to the posts. His conversion took the score to 14 – 7 after 33 minutes. Reilly set up good field position with a clearing kick, all the way in to the Enfield in goal area, with Davies being unlucky not to win the chase to touch the ball down. Enfield cleared to their 22 allowing Tabard to set up another attack. A speculative chip over the Enfield defence was collected by their centre who set off from his own goal line. He passed out to his winger who left the Tabard defenders in his wake as he cruised in from 70 metres, taking the score to 21 - 7, which was how things stood at half time.
Tabard restarted and it wasn’t long before Enfield looked for their familiar tactic of using the slope and the wind to put the ball in to Tabard’s right hand corner. Tabard responded with a good break by Joe Calnan who found Charlie Sandisford. This set up Reilly for a cross field kick which came close to creating a try, although Enfield cleared to their 10 m line. Tabard were able to set up another attack which saw Marcus Bunning stopped just short. Again Enfield infringed in the red zone but the ball was recycled to Aaron Priscott who crossed for Tabard’s second try after 18 minutes of the second half. Another Tabard error, this time a dropped ball, set up Enfield to outpace the visitors and score under the posts, the conversion taking the score to 28 -13. Tabard conceded two kickable penalties before their final attack brought a succession of penalties in the Enfield 22, resulting in Tabard being awarded a penalty try before the referee brought the game to an end.
Team: Westaway, Jack Calnan, Sandiford, James, Stanley Gough, Webber, Hancock, Priscott, George Gough, Reilly, Sandison, Joe Calnan, Davies, Hopcroft, Stevens.
Tilley, Bunning, Esmaeili