Royal Arsenal Spring League ’18 Entry Match Report – (Wed Mar 28th)

Royal Arsenal vs Tagalong: 9-11

The Arsenal sides faced a daunting double-header on March 28. Missing a full squad of players to holiday, injury and work engagements, the sides combined forces to play two matches on a pitch so wet it needed a lifeguard. Despite the limited numbers and soggy conditions, there was no shortage of enthusiasm on display in a closely contested first game against Tagalong.

The attacking play was impressive from Arsenal, with barely a dropped pass despite the conditions. Gary was a nightmare to tag as usual, and his offloading led to several breakaways through Tagalong’s defensive line.

Unfortunately, some interesting (read: terrible) decisions from the referee led to our side repeatedly conceding penalties for running into contact (obvious blocking) and Tagalong got the ball enough times in our half that they could barely fail to score.

Enthusiasm never dipped though, and some stella defensive work led by Katy and Jonny meant the game was close right until the end.

Woolwich Arsenal vs Steve Thorpe Destroyers: 6-6

Suitably warmed up from the first game, Arsenal got a five minute break before crashing straight into the second contest of the night against Steve Thorpe Destroyers.Arsenal were on the front foot from the start, scoring three tries in quick succession to start the game without reply.

Again, Jonny and Katy were incredible in defence, snuffing out almost every attacking move the Destroyers attempted. And despite going a man down for 10 minutes after some heated *discussions* with the referee, Arsenal went into the break 4-2 ahead.

Unfortunately, in the second half the Destroyers – with a full bench of substitutes – were fresher and able to claw their way back into the game. Our defence remained solid through the second period, and after winning the ball back several times in the dying minutes, Arsenal had a couple of chances to snatch a late win. But a pair of grubber kicks though the middle couldn’t be collected and the Destroyers held on to a draw in a fast-paced contest.

(Wo)man of the match went to Katy whose tagging was so good on the night she could have whipped a greasy tag off a startled cheetah. Also huge credit is due to Julia and Ashton who shut down both wings, letting nothing past all night while not getting a single breather in either game.

By Joel Watson – RARC Member/Player

 

 

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Royal Arsenal Teams Fixture Details East London League – April 4th 2018

Fixture is Woolwich Arsenal vs West Ham Wanderers, at 18:45 on Wednesday 4th April at East London Grass.

Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs Bests From The East, at 19:30 on Wednesday 4th April at East London Grass.

Fixture is Woolwich Arsenal vs Kool & The Gang, at 20:15 on Wednesday 4th April at East London Grass.

 

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Royal Arsenal Teams Fixture Details East London League – Mar 28th 2018

Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs #Tagalong, at 19:15 on Wednesday 28th March at East London Grass.

 

Fixture is Woolwich Arsenal vs Steve Thorpe Destroyers, at 20:00 on Wednesday 28th March at East London Grass.

 

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Royal Arsenal Spring League ’18 Entry Match Report – (Wed Mar 21st)

Match report Royal Arsenal vs Brobdingnagian Jugs

Royal Arsenal were on an upward curve on their way into Wednesday’s game against Brobdingnagian Jugs having narrowly lost the first game of the season and drawn the second with some much-improved performances.

And confidence was high for the Arsenal ahead of the game as they named a strong line-up for the 8.15pm kickoff.

Unfortunately things got off to a bad start for Royal Arsenal as they conceded a try early on followed by the oft-crippled Joel (yours truly) conceding a pair of penalties for spinning into tacklers on kickoff returns.

The first half went from bad to worse as Arsenal gave up a pair of try’s to the Jugs’ female members after some sloppy tagging (again, yours truly) leaving the side with a lot of ground to make up in the second period.

But buoyed by a rousing half-time team talk from inspirational captain Kyle, Arsenal went into the second half with a fresh attitude and a rock solid defense, conceding just (One point? Or was it two? I don’t remember!) in the whole second period.

A combination of some outstanding burst from Blair who torched the Jugs’ defense with a full-pitch scamper, and a pair of tries for the ever-evasive Kyle, meant Arsenal won the second half scoring battle.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to overturn the deficit from the first half and the game finished 10-4.

Kyle won a well-deserved man of the match award for his performance that included a handful of weaving runs and a full-contact tackle that won the side a penalty.

There’s no doubt if Arsenal had defended as solidly in the second half as they did in the first, the result would have been very different.

By Joel Watson – RARC Member/Player

 

 

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FINAL SCORE ROYAL ARSENAL 4 Jugs 10

 

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Royal Arsenal vs Woolwich Arsenal – Match Report (2nd Fixture Wed Mar 14th)

Royal Arsenal vs Woolwich Arsenal – Going great guns

The second game of the Spring season, on Wednesday March 14th, saw the match where fellow Arsenolians had to turn their attentions to one another. 

Arsenal vs Arsenal, many hoped it would be a friendly knock about, some feared it could become a bitter blood feud.

The game started brightly with both teams defending to a very high standard, arguably better than they’ve done before.

But as the first half wore on, Royal Arsenal (RA) took control with two tries from Kyle and one from John Gavin. 

By the end of the first half Woolwich Arsenal (WA) began using their “flying V” defense to great effect — surging forward in defense from the middle of the line. It hemmed in RA’s attacks to the right corner. Only one person was able to break the siege.

Kyle threw a “Hail Mary” miss pass out left which bounced high above players’ heads, only to be plucked from the air by Emma. She sidestepped right and ghosted in between two defenders to score a memorable try.

At half time the score was 5-1 with RA looking good for the win. But they didn’t count on a resurgence from WA who regrouped with new, devilishly-effective tactics.

It began with kicker Katy firing low, accurate kick offs into the left corner of the pitch, making large amounts of territory. 

There was also a foundation of organisation and skill from Gary who controlled the direction of play and the defense well. He also scored a good try.

But who really turned the balance was Jack who made the most of the ample space RA gave him. With ball in hand he cut across and through RA’s defense, scoring four tries at high speed.

Jonny and Errol also scored two valuable tries as the pendulum swung towards WA.

Kyle and George lead a small fightback, scoring two in the second half, but it was not enough to win the game. 

By the final whistle both teams had arguably performed (though not at the same time) at the highest level they have done to date. The referee was so impressed he said both teams should be playing in the Super League. He also rewarded man of the match to John Gavin who he called: “The loudest man on the field.”

But it was little consolation for RA who felt they had virtually thrown the game away. WA felt they had resurrected and nearly won it.

All in all it was a good test of all players. We learned as a whole we can perform at a higher level and any differences were forgotten on the friendly, chilly trudge back to the Arsenal. 

By George Sargent – Player / Club Member

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FINAL SCORE ROYAL ARSENAL 7 WOOLWICH ARSENAL 7

 

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Royal Arsenal Teams Fixture Details East London League – Mar 21st 2018

Fixture is Woolwich Arsenal vs Beasts from the East, at 19:30 on Wednesday 21 March at East London Grass.

 

Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs Brobdingnagian Jugs, at 20:15 on Wednesday 21 March at East London Grass.

 

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Royal Arsenal Teams Fixture Details East London League – Mar 14th 2018

Fixture is Royal Arsenal vs Woolwich Arsenal, at 20:00 on Wednesday 14 March at East London Grass.

 

NOTE: This week the changing rooms are been used by the Rugby Club. Facilities are next to the 3G pitches.

 

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Royal Arsenal Spring League ’18 Entry Match Report – (Wed Mar 7th)

Match report Royal Arsenal vs Steve Thorpe Destroyers

In the first game of the 2018 spring season, Royal Arsenal were narrowly edged out of a game against Steve Thorpe Destroyers (3 points in it).

The Arsenal were punished for a poor start, conceding two early tries that opened a gap they were never able to completely close.

Despite the slow start, there was plenty of fight on show from the Arsenal and in an end-to-end contest, they comfortably managed to get into double figures on the score sheet.

For most of the game Arsenal were trailing the Steve Thorpe Destroyers by a single score, partly thanks to a fantastic performance from man of the match George Sargent, who made a number of flying tackles and set up a flurry of tries as well.

However, for all the fantastic attacking, the Arsenal’s defense was lacking at times and they were never able to stem the flow of tries conceded, including a pair to Steve Thorpe Destroyers’ female players.

Despite the defeat, there’s no doubt the performance was much better than the previous week’s friendly loss to Beasts From the East, and with a few more training sessions, it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal get their first win of the season on the board.

By Joel Watson – RARC Member/Player

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FINAL SCORE ROYAL ARSENAL 10 STEVE THORPE DESTROYERS 13

 

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