Royal Arsenal Spring League Finals ’18 Entry Match Report – (Wed April 18th)

Royal Arsenal 14 Woolwich Arsenal 11

The final match of the early spring league for the Arsenal clubs was a hotly contested rematch of the midseason clash that finished in a hard-fought draw.

This time around the fixture would decide who walked away from the league with the wooden spoon, and who would surge up the league table to the lofty heights of seventh.

Right from the off it was clear the game was going to be a try-fest with both sides ripping defenses apart with their attacking moves and scoring a flurry of tries.

Kyle Graham, in particular, had a storming first half for Royal Arsenal scoring a couple of early tries which helped his side head into half time with a narrow lead.

But Woolwich Arsenal came back after the break and levelled the game up quickly with some exciting attacking play of their own, including a couple of stylish conversions from Jack Daniel.

From there, the game was end to end with Royal Arsenal managing to pull off a couple of desperate goal line defensive stands and countering well to put more points on the board.

The decisive moment in the game came when Royal Arsenal finished off a slick passing move to Zarine on the wing who darted in for the score and put the game out of reach.

It was a tight battle throughout though and both teams can be proud of their performances.

Man of the match went to George Sargent for a bustling performance in the centre of the pitch that acted as the spark for plenty of Royal Arsenal’s attacking moves.

Plenty of post match drinks were downed in the clubhouse afterwards as the whole club reflected on a season that provided plenty of ups and downs, but was always a lot of fun to be a part of.

By Joel Watson – RARC Member/Player






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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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